Ph.D. in Psychology (2014) University of Birmingham, School of Psychology.
M.A. in Inclusion & Special Educational Needs (2011) University of Birmingham, School of Education
B.Sc. in Psychology (2009) University of Ioannina, Greece
I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Behavioural Brain Sciences Centre (PRISM Lab), University of Birmingham, where in a Wellcome Trust-funded project I am investigating the genetic influences of human sensorimotor learning.
I have completed my PhD research in 2014 at the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham where I investigated the genetic and neural mechanisms that associated with risk and resilience for psychopathological problems in early childhood. To achieve this I utilized electroencephalography (EEG) and eye-tracking techniques to derive functional brain-based endophenotypes and I conducted genetic investigations to identify novel associations between genes, endophenotypes and behaviour. The main question of my doctorate research was how common genetic variations contribute in functional brain development and emotion regulation during early childhood which may help us identify novel and early biomarkers for affective disorders and/or later psychological maladjustment (Christou et al., 2015; Christou et al., 2015b).
Christou A. I., Wallis Y., Bair H., Crawford H., Frisson S., Zeegers M. & McCleery J. P. (2015). BDNFVal66Met and 5-HTTLPR genotype are each associated with visual scanning patterns of faces in young children. Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience, 9, 175. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnbeh.2015.00175
Christou, A. I., Endo, S., Wallis, Y., Bair, H., Zeegers M. P., & McCleery J. P. (2015). Variation in serotonin 5-HTTLPR short/long genotype modulates resting frontal EEG asymmetries in children. Development and Psychopathology. 1-12. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0954579415000413
Christou A. I., Wallis Y., Bair H., Crawford H., Frisson S., Zeegers M. & McCleery J. P. (2015). BDNF Val66Met and 5-HTTLPR genotype differentially influence visual scanning of faces in children. Abstract accepted as oral presentation at the Joint EBBS-EBPS Meeting 2015, 12-15 September 2015, Verona, Italy.
Christou A. I., Galea J. M., Miall R.C. (2015). Association between individuals' motor learning parameters across distinct adaptation tasks: visuomotor and force field comparisons. Abstract accepted to be presented at the NCM Meeting 2015, 20-24 April 2015, Charleston, SC, USA.
Christou, A. I., Endo, S., Wallis, Y., Bair, H., Zeegers M. P., & McCleery J. P. (2014). Variation in serotonin 5-HTTLPR short/long genotype modulates resting frontal EEG asymmetries in young children. Poster presented at the FENS Forum, 5-9 July 2014, Milan, Italy.
Christou A. I., Endo S., and McCleery J. P. (2013). Frontal EEG asymmetry and affective regulation in early childhood. Poster presented at the 45th European Brain and Behaviour Society Meeting, 6-9 September 2013, Munich, Germany.