Eirini Papageorgopoulou

PhD Student

Email: epapag02@mail.bbk.ac.uk

Twitter: @EiriniPap7



Prof Emily Jones (Birkbeck, University of London)

Dr Ming Wai Wan (University of Manchester)


Research interests

My research interests lie in understanding the factors contributing to developmental outcome in vulnerable populations. I am interested in early brain development and the role of the early social environment in infant developmental trajectories. During my PhD work I aim to better understand the early developmental mechanisms contributing to autism outcome through combining laboratory and parent-child free play interaction measures. In particular, my research focuses on the investigation of the relationship between brain function and parent-infant interaction in infants with a high and low likelihood of autism, and how this association is linked to autism outcome. In order to examine this, I am following a longitudinal design, utilizing data from the British Autism Study of Infant Siblings (BASIS) collected from infants on a broad battery of processed neurocognitive measures of visual attention and functional brain connectivity and linking these to parent-child interaction measures.


My research is ESRC funded by the UBEL-DTP.



MPhil/PhD Psychology

Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck (2019-present)


MSc Psychological Research Methods

Birkbeck, University of London, UK (2017-2018)


MA Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

University of Birmingham, UK (2014-2015)


BA Educational Sciences and Early Childhood Education

University of Patras, Greece (2007-2011)


Research Experience

Masters student

2017-2018 – Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London.    Investigating the relationships between brain responses to dynamic eye gaze and quality of parent-infant interaction in infants at-risk for autism. Supervisor: Prof. Emily Jones


Conference presentations / posters

Papageorgopoulou, E., Jones, J. H., Wan, M. W., & the BASIS team. (2020). Exploring The Links Between Brain Function and Parent-Infant Interaction in Infants at Elevated Likelihood for Autism. Poster presented at the first virtual International Congress of Infant Studies (vICIS), July 6-9, 2020.