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Dr Yiovi Derpsch is a cognitive psychologist who joined the School of Psychology at UEA as a Lecturer in 2021 and also leads PSY Togetherness, as part of her Student Partnership Officer role.

She completed a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Psychological Research Methods at Birkbeck, University of London, exploring the ventral/dorsal pathways of object and face recognition. Her PhD at the University of Liverpool (UoL) focused on the neural basis of symmetry perception and its link to cognition (attention, memory & ethanol disruption) using EEG and eye-tracking methods.

Yiovi also has broad experience working in different areas of psychology. She has worked as clinical research facilitator for a Dementia study, part of The CHARIOT register, at Imperial College London, and as an Honorary Assistant Psychologist for the NHS at SlaM IAPT Lambeth Talking Therapies in London. Subsequently, she was a Research Assistant to Professor Melissa Gladstone (Neurodevelopmental Paediatrics at UoL) responsible for the cognitive assessment of children with cerebral malaria in Mozambique, and also worked on the CORE outcome set for studies on congenital Zika - COMET initiative. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

Her research interests are visual cognition and attention & memory interaction, and her pedagogical focus is on belonginess, student experience in Higher Education, and Wellbeing. Her teaching experience includes Research Methods and Statistics for years 1 and 2, as well as lectures on Dreams, AI & Psychotherapy, Consciousness & The Self, Critical Thinking, and Mental Health for year 3 modules and Master Students.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being