Olatz Ojinaga

PhD Student

Email address: oojina01@mail.bbk.ac.uk


Primary: Prof. Michael Thomas (Birkbeck, University of London)

Secondary: Prof. Mary Rutherford (King’s College London)

                    Prof. Emily Farran (University of Surrey)

Research interests:

I am a PhD student in the Developmental Neurocognition Lab, funded by a Bloomsbury studentship and a Jérôme Lejeune Foundation grant. My project investigates how fetal and neonatal structural brain images may predict cognitive development in infancy and early childhood, in typically developing babies and babies with Down syndrome.

My broader research interests are Developmental cognitive Neurosciences, specially studying how early brain development or biomarkers and traumatic events might affect later cognitive abilities both in typical and atypical children. Research policy: Studying how psychological findings can be translated and applied in everyday life settings and activities.





Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education

Birkbeck, University of London


MPhil/PhD Psychology

Birkbeck, University of London


MSc Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology

Birkbeck, University of London


BSc (Hons) Psychology

University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain


BSc Psychology (Erasmus + program)

University of Roehampton, London



Research publications

Ruggeri, K., Bojanić, L., van Bokhorst, L., Mareva, S., Ojinaga Alfageme, O., & Jarke, H. (2019). Advancing methods for psychological assessment across borders: Guidance for early career researchers designing reproducible science. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 503. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00503

Grau-Sánchez, J., Foley, M., Hlavová, R., Muukkonen, I., Ojinaga-Alfageme, O., Radukic, A., … and Hundevad, B. (2017) Exploring Musical Activities and Their Relationship to Emotional Well-Being in Elderly People across Europe: A Study Protocol. Frontiers inPsychology,8:330. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00330

Conference presentations

Ojinaga Alfageme, O, Patkee, P. A., D’Souza, H., Baburamani A. A., Kyriakopoulou, V., Davidson, A., … & Rutherford,M. A. (June 6, 2016). The relationship between perinatal brain volumes and childhood cognitive outcomes in Trisomy 21. Poster presented at the 3rd Trisomy 21 Research Society Meeting, Barcelona, Spain.

Ojinaga Alfageme, O, Kolesnik, A., & Jones, E. (March 9, 2019). Investigating the Relationship of Infant Sleep Quality, Resting State EEG Responses, and Cognitive Development. Poster presented at the 3rd International Convention of Psychological Sciences, Paris, France.

Ojinaga-Alfageme, O., Foley, M., Hlavová, R., Muukkonen, I., Radukic, A., Spindler, M., … & Grau-Sánchez, J. (July 18, 2017). Exploring musical activities and their relationship to emotional well-being in elderly people across Europe: a study protocol. Poster presentation for The Neuroscience and Music – VI, Music, Sound and Health Conference, Boston, MA.

Book chapters

Ruggeri, K., Ojinaga-Alfageme, O., Benzerga, A., Berkessel, J., Hlavoá, R., Kunz, M., … & Folke, T. (2018). Chapter 2: Evidence-based policy. In Ruggeri, K. (Ed.). Behavioral Insights for Public Policy: Concepts and cases. Routledge.

Ruggeri, K.,Radukić, A., Ojinaga-Alfageme, O., Zupan, Z., Verra, S., & Petrova, D. (2018). Chapter 6: Health & Healthcare. In Ruggeri, K. (Ed.). Behavioral Insights for Public Policy: Concepts and cases. Routledge.