Stella Tsotsi obtained her PhD in Psychology from the Department of Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and her MSc in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. During her studies she focused on cognitive and socioemotional functioning in patient populations, like schizophrenia and mood disorders. Currently, her research interests include the effects of maternal mental health on the cognitive and socioemotional development of infants and children, and whether genetics and epigenetics affect this relationship.
Her research interests involve investigating the interaction of genes and environment on cognitive processes leading to the development of psychopathology. Her main focus is related to how specific genotypes or candidate genes interact with environmental factors, such as exposure to stress during gestation, maternal anxiety, and maternal sensitivity, thus, affecting executive functions (e.g. inhibition, mental flexibility), emotion perception and emotion regulation in infants and young children. She is interested in how such interactive effects may affect cognitive functioning in terms of determining risk factors for developing developmental disorders and psychopathology later in life.
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