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Mr Vassilis Sideropoulos
Room 304
25 Woburn Square
Department of Psychology & Human Development
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  • Senior Research Technician
  • IT for IOE
  • ISD Faculty IT & Partnering

Vassilis Sideropoulos is a Senior Research Technician in the Department of Psychology and Human Development, at ΙΟΕ, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society. His expertise is in the areas of Psychology and the use of digital methods to understand behaviour and mental health. He holds a 4-year degree in Psychology from Queen Margaret University.


Before joining UCL, Vassilis held several posts across the UK, remarkably as a Psychology Lab Tech in the School of Applied Sciences at London South Bank University where he primarily conducted and supported research in the Centre for Addictive Behaviours Research and the Brain, Mind and Behaviour Research Group. Vassilis strong advocacy for Science Communication and Scientific Public Engagement has received recognition: Founder’s Award (2018) from Queen Margaret University and Public Engagement Award (2019) from the British Psychology Society (via I’m a Scientist). Similarly, his research has been funded by UKRI Medical Research Council (2019/20), Baily Thomas Charitable Fund (2021) as well as UCL Seed Funds (2020). Currently, Vassilis works closely with researchers from the Centre for Research in Autism and Education as well as the Child Development and Learning Difficulties Lab in which he is also a member.

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Research Summary

My research focuses on the relationship between mental and physical health as well as the impact uncertain stressful events can have upon either of them. I am implementing a range of methodological approaches to study health from computerised tasks, experimental designs (brain imagining, eye-tracking) to large-scale longitudinal/cross-sectional surveys. Currently, I am interested in investigating health in the the following populations: 

  • Smokers/Vapers/Ex-smokers
  • Typically Developing Individuals
  • Individuals with Down syndrome and/or other Special Education Needs and Disabilities

At present, I am wrapping up a project on the development of tailored interventions for smokers (find more here: Tailored Interventions to Assist Smokers to Stop Smoking using E-cigarettes) and 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). I am open to collaborations.

Teaching Summary

I am very passionate about research-based education and open science as it encourages student-staff collaboration and allows for the implementation of new technology in teaching and a transparent research ethos. My teaching interests lie in the areas of research skills, open science and design of experiments/surveys.

Currently, I am involved in the following modules:

01-SEP-2019 – 04-JAN-2022 Research Technician in Psychology & Human Development ISD Faculty IT & Partnering / Department of Psychology & Hum UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2018 – 31-AUG-2019 Psychology Laboratory Technician Division of Psychology London South Bank University, United Kingdom
01-JUN-2017 – 30-SEP-2017 Research Assistant Department of Psychology Queen Margaret University, United Kingdom
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