Stephanie Rossit

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  • 0.108A Lawrence Stenhouse Building

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Key Research Interests and Expertise

Dr. Rossit’s research is inter-disciplinary at the intersection of Neuroscience, Psychology and Medicine. The overarching goal of her research program is to: 1) investigate how the brain supports perception, action and attention; 2) investigate how these processes are affected by aging and brain disease; and 3) develop and test novel ‘complex interventions’ for cognitive rehabilitation. In PSY, she leads a unique line of research in the Neuropsychology Laboratory (Neurolab) bridging the gap between neuroscience and clinical practise and working with severe clinical populations (stroke survivors, traumatic brain injury survivor, dementia and cognitive impairment).

Most of her neuropsychological research is focused on studying the deficits associated with visual neglect (a loss of awareness of the contralesional side of space present in up to 80% of stroke patients) as well in investigating the efficacy of techniques used to rehabilitate this severe neurological condition. 

In her work she uses a variety of methods: neuropsychological testing; clinical trials; psychophysics; motion-tracking to measure eye and hand movements; lesion-symptom mapping to relate particular deficits with specific lesion sites in stroke patients; functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure the pattern of brain activation while participants perform perceptual and motor tasks inside an MRI scanner.

Want to do an MSc. or a Ph.D.?

Students who wish to pursue an MSc. or a Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Rossit should send her an e-mail including a 2-page CV (inc. contacts for referees and grades) as well as a short description (max = 200 words) of why they are interested in doing a postgraduate degree in her lab. Every year, MSc. and PhD. studentships are advertised at UEA so get in touch if you would like more information. Other funding opportunities can also be discussed.

Want to get research experience? Want to do a research internship?

If you would like to get research experience such as working in my lab (analysing or collecting data) please get in touch, as I always welcome an extra help. There are special funding opportunities for undergraduate students that we can apply for. It would help if you send me a 1-page CV as well as a short description (max = 100 words) of why you are interested in doing research in my lab. 

For a full list of Dr. Rossit’s publications and more information about her research please visit the Neurolab website.

Teaching Interests

  • Year 2 - Cognition, Biology, and Individual Differences: Biological Psychology Lecturer
  • Year 3 - Clinical Neuropsychology: Module lead and Lecturer
  • Year 3 - Undergraduate Research Project:supervisor
  • MSc. Cognitive Neuroscience
  • MSc. Cognitive Neuroscience - Dissertation supervisor

Research dissertations: my main research interest is in perception and action and for dissertation projects I typically supervise research using behavioural techniques, including perceptual experiments and psychophysics (reaction time experiments) and motion-tracking recordings (hand and eye movements). Please get in touch if you'd like to do a dissertation in my lab.

Biography

Dr. Stephanie Rossit joined UEA as a lecturer in Psychology in 2013. She graduated in Psychology from the University of the Algarve (Portugal) and then went on to do a Ph.D. at the University of Glasgow investigating stroke patients who suffered from visual neglect. After her Ph.D. she undertook a post-doctoral research position at the Brain and Mind Institute at the Western University (Canada) using functional magnetic resonance imaging to study visuomotor control. She is an executive commitee member of the British Neuropsychological Society. She is a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS). For more information please visit Dr. Rossit’s Neurolab website.

Indicative Publications

Mitchell, A., McIntosh, R., Rossit, S., Hornberger, M. & Pal, S. (2020). The assessment of visually guided misreaching in prodromal Alzheimer’s disease: study protocol. British Medical Journal Open, 10, 6, e035021

Rossit, S., Benwell C., Szymanek L., Learmonth G. McKernan L., Corrigan E., Muir K., Reeves I., Duncan G., Birschel P., Roberts M., Livingstone K., Jackson H., Hogg C., Castle P. & Harvey, M. (2019). Efficacy of home-based visuomotor feedback training in stroke patients with chronic hemispatial neglect. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 29, 251-272.

Rossit, S., Harvey, M., Butler, S.H., Szymanek, L., Morand, S., Monaco, S. & McIntosh, R.D. (2018). Impaired peripheral reaching and on-line corrections in patient DF: optic ataxia with visual form agnosia. Cortex, 98, 84-101.

Fernandez-Espejo, D., Rossit, S., Owen, A.M. (2015) A Thalamocortical Mechanism for the Absence of Overt Motor Behavior in Covertly Aware Patients. JAMA Neurology, 72(12):1442-1450.

Rossit S., McAdam T., Mclean D.A., Goodale, M.A., & Culham, J.C. (2013). fMRI reveals a lower visual field preference for hand actions in human superior-parietal occipital cortex (SPOC) and precuneus. Cortex, 50, 2525-2541.

Rossit, S., Malhotra, P., Muir, K., Duncan, G., Reeves, I. Duncan, G. & Harvey, M. (2011). The role of right temporal lobe structures in off-line action: evidence from lesion-behavior mapping in stroke patients. Cerebral Cortex, 21, 2751-2761.

 

Key Responsibilities

Year Abroad Coordinator

 

 

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