Dr Chrysi Stefanidou

Senior Lecturer in Behavioural Science

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Medicine

Location: Chelmsford

Chrysi leads the Behavioural Science theme on our MBChB Medicine degree course.

Background

Chrysi is a Chartered Psychologist and earned her MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health from the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, and her PhD in Psychology from the University of Birmingham.

Before joining Anglia Ruskin University, Chrysi held a teaching position at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, where she taught clinical psychology and psychopathology.

Chrysi’s doctoral and postdoctoral research focused on the neural underpinnings of social and language development in individuals with autism spectrum disorder and rare genetic syndromes by using Electroencephalography (EEG) and other standardised clinical measures. Chrysi has also been involved in clinical research projects focusing on the effectiveness of psychological interventions for children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders and mental health problems.

Having trained and worked in several clinical, educational and research settings, Chrysi has over 15 years' research and teaching experience in the field of developmental neuroscience and mental health. She is also a certified trainer on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-G), one of the gold-standard measures used for the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, and has trained and supervised both academic research and clinical teams on the use and clinical interpretation of the ADOS-G.

Spoken Languages

  • Greek

Research interests

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Psychological assessment
  • Early screening and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Access to healthcare for people with learning disabilities
  • Developmental psychology
  • Developmental cognitive neuroscience
  • Electroencephalography
  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Early intervention

Qualifications

  • PhD Psychology (Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience), School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK
  • MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, UK
  • BSc Psychology, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences of Athens, Greece

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Chartered Member, British Psychological Society

Media experience

Chrysi has contributed to a BBC documentary on research in infants at risk for autism spectrum disorder, as well as to a Channel 4 documentary on research and early diagnosis for children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.