Meet the team

elenaElena Geangu (principal investigator) I have done all my university degrees at ‘Babes-Bolyai University’ in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. After few years of postdoctoral fellowships around the world and a lectureship at Lancaster University, in October 2017, I took a lectureship in the Department of Psychology at the University of York.

PhD Students

Emma Jackson
I am a first year PhD student being supervised by Dr Elena Geangu here at York. My PhD project examines infants’ emotional expression processing in the context of their own emotional states and temperamental characteristics. I come from Oldham, in Greater Manchester, and read Experimental Psychology at The University of Oxford. I then went on to complete my MRes in Psychology at the University of York. Social developmental research has always interested me, especially given that my first job was as a Nursery Nurse back in Oldham.

Research Associates

Priscilla Martinez Cedillo

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher working with Dr Elena Geangu. I was a PhD student at the University of Essex after receiving an MSc from VU Amsterdam. My research investigates how our visual attention is captured during the performance of cognitive tasks. These tasks are designed to measure executive functions (i.e., working memory). At York Developmental Social Neuroscience Lab, I am investigating the development of executive functions and the underlying neural networks in the first 1000 days of life.


Research Assistants

M. Carmen Garcia de Soria

Currently working as a Research Assistant with Dr. Geangu. I completed my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and my MS in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Granada. During this time I also worked with infant’s neuroimaging methods and behavioural data collection. My interests have always been in Developmental Neuroscience, the understanding of our basic brain biology and functions, and how these develop from early childhood to adulthood. I am looking forward to collecting more research experience and developing an academic career.

Daniela Marinova

I’m originally from Bulgaria and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of York. My work and voluntary experience mainly revolve around education, coaching and research. I’m interested in pursuing a career in academia, hence I’m working with Dr Geangu in order to gain further research experience in the field of Developmental Neuroscience.

 Former Lab Members