Philippa Birch



I’m Pip, I’m an Undergraduate Psychology student working as a Research Assistant/Lab Manager in the SCAN lab for a year. This is part of a placement programme at Cardiff University. I lead the behavioural sessions and conduct interviews with participants. I also help with scanning and running the lab on a day-to-day basis. Once I graduate I want to specialise in Forensic Psychology and Research.


Lisandra Ferreira



Hi my name is Lisandra, and I am an undergraduate student at Aston University. I am currently a member of the SCAN lab (Research Assistant/Lab Manager), in which I help with the recruitment of participants and the collection of genetic data


Mélanie Lafanechére



My name is Mélanie and recently graduated from Aston University with a degree in Psychology. As part of my degree I did a Professional Placement volunteering as an intern as part of the Lenroot Group at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and as a research assistant for Dr. Caroline Moul at the University of New South Wales. I am currently undertaking an MSc in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Birmingham. My project this year will be exploring the structural neural correlates of callous unemotional traits in girls with conduct disorder using surface-based morphometry.


Jamie Ford



My name is Jamie and I gained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Southampton in 2014.  After working in hospital settings and mental health services for two years, I am now studying Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience. My main project is using fMRI to examine the neural correlates of subconscious facial processing in females with conduct disorder and a history of maltreatment. My aim is to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology.


Karolina Dobrowolska



My name is Karolina and I completed my Psychology Bachelor’s degree in 2016 at the University of Birmingham. For my final research project I investigated the influence of regular cannabis use on learning, inhibition and psychotic symptoms in the student population. My main area of interest is forensic psychology, particularly research in the area of psychopathy. I am currently enrolled on the MSc Psychology and my main project is focusing on psychopathic traits and their relation to emotional face processing in a community sample. In the future I am planning on completing a doctorate course in Forensic Clinical Psychology.

Rosalind Baker



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In 2012 I completed a B.Sc. in Psychology at the University of York, after which I worked for a year as a research associate with Professor Zoe Kourtzi at the University of Birmingham. My research investigated spared brain function and sequence learning abilities in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. In September 2013 I joined the SCAN lab as a PhD student. My research explores the association between callous-unemotional traits and behavioural and neuroimaging indices of emotion recognition and processing in typically developing youths.

Vanessa Gardner




Yimeng Kong



I am studying MA Psychology at University of Birmingham. My project is to design the lab website.

Gemma Daniel

I am a Undergraduate Psychology student studying at Aston University. I am currently working in the SCAN lab as a Research Assistant/Lab Manager for a year as part of my degree. I currently lead the behavioural sessions in which we collect psychological, psychophysiological and genetic data. My research interests focus on impulsive behaviours in children and adolescents with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Conduct Disorder.


Thomas Villemonteix, PhD, Clinical Psychologist


I am currently a Post-doctoral Research Associate at Université Paris 8 and an invited researcher at Université Libre de Bruxelles. I work on child psychopathology, with a special focus on ADHD, using both brain imaging and experimental psychology tools. My stay at the SCAN lab (August 2012), funded by a NENS (Network of European Neuroscience Schools) grant, took place during my PhD and was devoted to a complete training in processing and analysis of paediatric structural magnetic resonance brain imaging data, under the supervision of Stéphane De Brito. This collaboration led to the publication of three peer-reviewed publications in international journals (see publication list).

Alison Gwilliams, MSc


Ali is studying MSc Psychology. Before returning to university she worked at a local college supporting students with maths and English. Ali is researching aggressive behaviour in 9-18 year olds.


Ana-Rita Cruz, BSc


I am now completing my PhD at the University of Porto – Portugal. My research focuses on executive functions and its relation to aggressive behaviour and psychopathy. I have worked with criminal offenders and used a variety of research methods, including, questionnaires, neuropsychological assessment and electrophysiological data. From February to April 2015 I undertook a placement in the SCAN lab to collaborate on a multisite European project focusing on sex differences in conduct disorder. This placement allowed me to further my knowledge on antisocial behaviour in females, neuropsychological assessment, forensic psychology, neuropsychology, neurocognitive systems and brain imaging.


Chiara Dantone, BSc


I have recently completed my undergraduate degree in psychology from the Università degli Studi di Padova in Italy and I am currently doing a clinical placement as a trainee psychologist at the APSS in Trento. I spent 6 months (February-July 2015) in the SCAN lab, funded by the ERASMUS programme, to work on a multisite European project focusing on sex differences in Conduct Disorder. My dissertation project focussed on stimulus-reinforcement learning in males and females with Conduct Disorder.