MSc. students

MSc Students

Kim CorbettKim Corbett

Alongside being the Deputy Head teacher of a Primary School, Kim is studying part-time on the MSc in Forensic Psychology. Kim has a particular interest in, and passion for, the challenges faced by children who have experienced early trauma. Next year, Kim will be using the Jansari assessment of Executive Functions for Children (JEF-C©), as well as other measures, in children who have experienced early trauma to help better understand their difficulties and how they can be better supported in an educational context.


Catarina Rosa

Originally from Portugal, Catarina is in the MSc Forensic Psychology programme at Goldsmiths. Before starting the MSc, she completed her Bachelor’s in Psychology. Alongside her Masters, she is involved in a child protection project as a volunteer at Circles South East. Currently, she is working on a project with Ashok on the connection between traumatic brain injury on executive functions of ex-offenders that may contribute to criminal behaviour. Catarina will use JEF© to conduct her research.


Elika Esmailzadeh

Elika is a MSc Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience student. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Under the supervision of Dr Jansari, she is working on a project investigating accelerated forgetting, looking at the differences between age groups and the level of head injury on memory performance. This will be done using the Verbal Associative Learning and Memory Task (VALMT). She hopes to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology and specialise in neuropsychology.



Denisa-Mihaela Tancou

Denisa is a MSc Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience student at Goldsmiths. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Lucian Blaga University in Romania. Her previous research investigated the causes of somatic symptom disorder in adolescents. Her interest in neuroscience was driven by her previous contact with psychiatric patients and raised her interest in finding neurobiological causes for mental and neuropsychological conditions. Her current research, conducted under the supervision of Dr Jansari, is looking at the contribution of facial recognition stages to the development of prosopagnosia. The focus of her research is single case studies of patients with acquired prosopagnosia due to brain injury.



Chrystel Mendoza

Chrystel is a MSc Student in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience. Originally from Ecuador, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Beloit College in America. She joined ART, looking to explore the link between executive functions and emotion regulation in teenagers using JEF-A©. She will work under the supervision of Dr Jansari. 

Niamh MitchellNiamh Mitchell

Niamh is a MSc Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience student. She completed her Undergraduate degree in BSc Psychology at London South Bank University. Her interest in Neuropsychology began during a placement at Great Ormond Street Hospital on their Paediatric Neurology and Craniofacial unit. Niamh’s research project will focus on gender differences, in the impact of concussions on the memory, of rugby Union players. She will be using the Verbal Associative Learning and Memory Task (VALMT) to complete her research.



James DixieJames Dixie

James is completing his Master’s degree in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience at Goldsmiths. He will be supervised by Ashok and PhD student Terry McGibbon working on the Verbal Associative Learning and Memory Task (VALMT) with American Football players. James has a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a Queer Studies Concentration from Denison University in Granville, Ohio and studied abroad at Arcadia University’s campus in London Fall 2019 and worked as one of Ashok’s research assistants alongside Claudia Pulcini. After graduating, James plans to work in the healthcare industry as a research coordinator and attend graduate school specialising in Clinical Psychology.


Abbie Furniss

Abbie is an MSc student on Goldsmith’s Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience course. Her previous research had a focus on altered states of consciousness using virtual reality. Her current research under Dr Jansari uses the VALMT to understand the potential implications of head injuries on non-professional sports players (focussing on medieval battle reenactors – a fairly novel sample!). Some present goals post-MSc are to pursue a PhD in clinical neuroscience, potentially with a focus on neurodegeneration and cognitive decline. Outside of her studies, she works as a disability support worker in universities.