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Aikaterini Fotopoulou

Katerina Fotopoulou

Email: a.fotopoulou@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: 0207 679 3079 (Internal 53079)
Katerina Fotopoulou, PhD
Psychoanalysis Unit
Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT

Aikaterini (Katerina) Fotopoulou, PhD, studied cognitive neuropsychology and theoretical psychoanalysis at UCL before completing her PhD in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Durham, UK. She is currently a Reader at the Psychoanalysis Unit, Psychology and Language Sciences Division, University College London and a research affiliate at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. 

Katerina is the Director of the London Neuropsychoanalysis Centre and runs the London Neuropsychoanalysis Group on: ‘Psychodynamic Neuroscience and Neuropsychology’. She is the editor of the volume: Fotopoulou, A. Conway, M.A. Pfaff, D. From the Couch to the Lab: Trends in Psychodynamic Neuroscience. Oxford University Press, 2012.
In 2011, Katerina was awarded the prestigious British Neuropsychological Society’s Early Career Award: The Elizabeth Warrington Prize. She has also been awarded the Clifford Yorke Prize (2006) by the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society for Early Career Contributions to the field and the PapanicolaouPrize in a joined meeting of the World Hellenic Biomedical Society and the Hellenic Medical Society of Britain.

Katerina is currently at the last year of a 4-year Clinical Doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Psychology, accredited by the British Psychological Society and the Health Professions Council and leading to eligibility for Professional Chartership.

Research 

Katerina runs KatLab (see www.fotopoulou.com), a group of researchers and students that conduct studies on topics and disorders that lie at the borders between neurology and psychology and challenge any rigid distinction between mind and body. The lab is particularly interested in understanding how our embodiment, including the rooting of the mind in our embodied interactions with other people, influence the function of our brain and ultimately shape how we understand ourselves and our new experiences.

Our studies use behavioural, electrophysiological, neuroimaging and pharmacological methods to study body feelings, sensorimotor signals and related body representations in healthy individuals and in patients with neurological and psychiatric disorders of body awareness, including patients with stroke-induced unawareness of deficit and related body delusions, functional sensorimotor disorders and eating disorders.

Katlab is funded by Volkswagen Foundation (Germany), HDRF (US), ISAN (Israel) and more recently a Starting Investigator Grant from the European Research Council. Current research projects focus on the psychological and neural mechanisms by which our interoceptive body feelings, as well as multimodal representations of the body, are influenced by internalised social expectations, on-line interactions with other people and by neuropeptides known to enhance social feelings. These studies point to unique neural mechanisms by which our bodies are interpersonally ‘mentalised’ and perceived to form the basis of our selves.