Aris Terzopoulos

PhD Student
Categories:phd students

Biography

I have 12 years of experience working with bilingual children in the UK and in Greece as a teacher in primary education. While working in London I did my Masters degree in Literacy Learning and Literacy Difficulties (2009-2011) at the Institute of Education, University of London. Following this, I started my PhD with prof.Jackie Masterson at the UCL on bilingual word representations. After completing the first year I came to Dundee to carry on my research project with Dr.Lynne Duncan in collaboration with Jackie Masterson and Dr.Georgia Niolaki from Coventry University.

Research Interests

My main research interest is on word representations in the bilingual’s mental lexicon of both adults and children. Particularly, I focus on cognates, words that share phonological, orthographic and semantic features and non-cognates, words that share only semantics. Using the masked priming paradigm, my research explores why cognates show greater translation priming effects than non-cognates in two partially different scripts (Greek and English) and how second language proficiency affects priming direction. For the purpose of the study I have constructed a grade – based word frequency database available at www.helexkids.org for Greek/Cypriot children in primary education.

Another line of my research interests involves predictors of spelling with Greek and English children. Particularly, I investigate which lexical and sublexical factors affect spelling in monolingual and bilingual children within different age groups. I also conduct research with children with reading and spelling difficulties. With my collaborators we plan single case experimental studies with dyslexic children that include both assessments and intervention program.

Articles & Presentations

Journal Articles

Terzopoulos, A.R. (accepted):The importance of psycholinguistic databases for research with children: The case of HelexKids, a Greek word database for children. Psypag Quarterly.

Terzopoulos, A.R., Duncan, L.G., Wilson,M.,Niolaki,G.Z. & Masterson,J. (under review).

Helexkids: A word frequency database for Greek and Cypriot primary school children. Behavior Research Methods.

Niolaki, G.Z., Terzopoulos, A. and Masterson, J., (under review). A sublexical training study for spelling in a biliterate Greek- and English- speaking child. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.

Niolaki, G.Z., Masterson, J. & Terzopoulos, A.R. (2014). Spelling improvement through letter sound and whole word training in two multilingual; Greek-and English-speaking children. Multilingual Education, 4, 1-23.

Niolaki, G.Z., Masterson, J. & Terzopoulos, A.R. (2014). Varieties of Developmental Dyslexia in Greek children. Writing Systems Research, 6, 230-256.

 

Presentations

Terzopoulos, A. R.,Niolaki,G.Z., Duncan,L.G., & Masterson,J. (2015). Cognate and non-cognate representations in Greek-English bilingual adults and children: a cross-script investigation using the masked priming paradigm. 19th ESCOP conference, 17-20 September, Paphos,Cyprus.

Terzopoulos, A. R.,Niolaki,G.Z., Duncan,L.G., & Masterson,J. (2015). Cognate and non-cognate priming effects with Greek - English bilingual adults and children. 7th International Summer School in Literacy Research, 22-27 August, Egmond-An-Zee, Netherlands.

Terzopoulos, A. R.,Niolaki,G.Z., Duncan,L.G., & Masterson,J. (2015). Visual memory and phonological difficulties in a child with mixed characteristics of dyslexia in a transparent orthography (poster presentation). Child Language Symposium, 20-21 July, Warwick,UK.

Terzopoulos, A. R.,Niolaki,G.Z., Duncan,L.G., & Masterson,J. (2015. Cognate and non-cognate priming effects with unbalanced Greek - English bilingual adults and children. XII International Symposium of Psycholinguistics,1-4 July, Valencia,Spain.

Niolaki, G.Z., Terzopoulos, A. and Masterson, J., (2015. Semantic priming effects in monolingual Greek speaking children with reading difficulties. BPS Annual Conference, Liverpool (May, 2015).

Niolaki G.Z., Masterson J. & Terzopoulos, A.R. (2013. Association of single spelling with visual attention span and phonological ability in monolingual English and Greek speaking children. Presented at the 13th European congress of Psychology in Stockholm, 9-12 July 2013.

Terzopoulos & Masterson: Representations of cognates and non-cognates in Greek-English bilingual adults and children: evidence from masked priming. Poster conference, Institute of Education, University of London, February.

Additional Information

Funding

  • 2012: Institute of Education, University of London, European Scholarship (£4,500)
  • 2013: Leventis foundation (£2,500)
  • 2014-2016: University of Dundee scholarship (fees & stipend)
  • 2014: Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust (£400)
  • 2015: PsyPag Research Bursary (£300)
  • 2015: ESCOP travel award(500€)
  • 2015: Leng trust award(£200)
  • 2015: EPS Grindley Grant for conference attendance (£500)

Positions of Responsibility

  • 2014-2016: Level 1 & Level 2 Marking Duties
  • 2015: Introductory Psychology 1: Developmental Psychology (Level 1).
  • 2015-2016: Research Skills for Psychologists (Level 2)

Additional Training Courses

  • EndNote (InspirEd)
  • Creating power point posters (OPD)
  • Practical Peresentation Skills (OPD)
  • Research Projects by Design(OPD)
  • The complete researcher: Making progress in your Phd(OPD)
  • Introduction to Demonstrating and Lab-based practical Teaching(OPD)
  • CVs, Covering Letters and Applications(OPD)
  • Advanced Excel(OPD)
  • Intermediate research statistics : R(OPD)
  • Venture competition workshops(OPD)
  • Enhancing Interview Skills: A Practical Approach (OPD)

Memberships

  • European Society of Cognitive Psychology.
  • Aspiring Member in Dundee Social Enterprising Network.