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Mr Vassilis Sideropoulos
Department of Psychology & Human Development
25 Woburn Square
Room: B4
  • Psychology Research Technician
  • IT for IOE

Vassilis Sideropoulos is a Research Technician in the Department of Psychology and Human Development, at UCL Institute of Education. His expertise is in the area of Experimental Psychology and Information Technology. He holds a degree in Psychology from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.


Before joining UCL, he was a Psychology Laboratory Tech at the School of Applied Sciences at London South Bank University. There, he worked on the development of laboratory-based research in the areas Cognitive Neuroscience (programming EEG, ECG and Eye-tracking experiments) and Health Psychology (design and development of health research tools). Prior to this, he had undertaken a number of administrative, teaching and research roles. Vassilis is a strong advocate of public engagement and science outreach and his excellent activity led to receiving a number of awards such as the Founder’s Award (2018) from Queen Margaret University and Public Engagement Award (2019) from BPS’s funded Psychology Zone at the I’m a Scientist. He recently also secured research funding from the Medical Research Council (2019/20) and UCL Change Makers (2020). 

Research Summary

My main research interest is in the area of Experimental Psychology, on the adaptability of memory and vision as a mean to understand higher-layer cognitive processes such as problem-solving. Secondary research interests are in Health and Clinical Psychology, mainly on addictive behaviours and mental health. My methodological approach to the above topics varies from computerised tasks, brain imagining, eye-tracking to large-scale and cross-sectional surveys.

Currently, I am working on the development of tailored interventions for smokers (find more here: Tailored Interventions to Assist Smokers to Stop Smoking using E-cigarettes) and for a project that aims to identify risk factors and stressors that determine doctoral students’ well-being (find more here: Better Together: A well-being initiative for Doctoral Students)

Teaching Summary

I am very passionate about research-based education as it encourages student-staff collaboration and allows for the exploration of new technology and research. I am also an open science and education advocate and many of my sessions are surrounded by the open science ethos.

Currently, I am involved in the following modules:

I am also leading the following CPD activities for research students and staff:

  • Introduction to RStudio
  • Introduction to SPSS
  • JASP: Simplifying Advanced Statistics
  • Qualtrics for Social Scientists
  • STATA: Programming statistical models
  • Python 3
01-SEP-2019 Psychology & Human Development Research Technician IT for IOE UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
03-JAN-2018 – 03-SEP-2019 Psychology Laboratory Technician Psychology London South Bank University, United Kingdom
03-JUN-2017 – 03-SEP-2017 Research Assistant Psychology Queen Margaret University, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2017 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) Queen Margaret University College
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