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Dr Georgia Chronaki

Senior Lecturer in Developmental Neuroscience
School of Psychology and Computer Science

Georgia oversees the activities of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (DCN) Laboratory at the School of Psychology and Computer Science, University of Central Lancashire. In parallel to her academic activities, Georgia has experience in working clinically with children and young people in various settings.

Georgia’s primary role is to lead the research activities of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (DCN) Lab at the School of Psychology and Computer Science. The programme of research in the DCN Lab encompasses a range of topics and includes a Social and Affective Neuroscience research stream and a Cognitive Neuroscience research stream. Georgia also teaches in our MSc in Child Development, and Advanced Developmental Psychopathology modules, and supervises PhD students.

Georgia is actively involved in public engagement activities on child development and the brain. She has been the lead organiser for the DCN Lab exhibit at the Lancashire Science Festival for several years.

Georgia has written a number of articles for a lay audience including the following:

Georgia studied Psychology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, under the supervision of Prof. Panayiota Vorria. In 2003, she received an Erasmus scholarship by the European Commission to visit the University of Padova (Italy) where she studied child and family psychology with Prof. Grazia Fava Vizziello.

In 2004, Georgia moved to the UCL Institute of Education in London (UK) to study for an MSc in Child Development with Prof. Carolien Rieffe, with a research focus on children’s behaviour problems and parental involvement in children’s education and social life.

In 2006, Georgia started a PhD at the University of Southampton, under the supervision of Prof. Edmund Sonuga-Barke. Her PhD focused on the behavioural and electrophysiological correlates of emotion processing in children with behaviour problems. From 2011 until 2013, she continued this work as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Edmund Sonuga-Barke on a project examining the neural processing of vocal emotion, as well as rewarding and aversive stimuli in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

In 2014, Georgia moved to the University of Manchester to work as a Lecturer in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Emotion with Prof. Sonja Kotz. This led to a research collaboration with Prof. Jonathan Green on the electrophysiological correlates of vocal emotion processing in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

In August 2015, Georgia founded the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (DCN) Lab at the University of Central Lancashire and undertook the co-directorship of the DCN Lab with Prof. Pamela Qualter.

Currently, Georgia leads the activities of the DCN Lab at the University of Central Lancashire. She works with national and international partners on the developmental neuroscience of emotion toward the mission of promoting mental wellbeing in children and adolescents.

Work experience

  • 2018- Senior Lecturer in Developmental Neuroscience, School of Psychology, UCLan
  • 2015-2018 Lecturer in Developmental Neuroscience, School of Psychology, UCLan
  • 2013-2015 Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience of Emotion, University of Manchester
  • 2011-2013 Post-doctoral Research Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Southampton
  • 2007-2008 Teaching Assistant, Holy Family Primary School, Southampton City Council
  • 2006-2007 Assistant Psychologist, CAMHS, Southampton City Primary Care Trust
  • 2006-2007 Research Assistant (part-time), Medical Research Council Epidemiology Centre
  • 2003-2004 Research Assistant, Child Psychiatry Unit Padua Civil Hospital (Italy)

Georgia is a co-founding member (with Prof. Sonja Kotz) of the European Consortium Leading Adaptive Resilience Research In The Young (CLARRITY).

Georgia has acted as a referee for a range of scientific journals including the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Scientific Reports, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Child Development, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Psychological Medicine, British Journal of Developmental Psychology and European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

She has also acted as grant reviewer for Medical Research Council and Action Medical Research.