Research Associates

Research Associates

Andrea ChebatAndrea Chebat

Andrea completed her MSc in Fundamentals in Clinical Psychology and Health Services at Goldsmiths University in 2019. She completed her thesis with the supervision of Dr Jansari investigating the effects of Internet Gaming Addiction on executive functioning. This was done using Dr. Jansari’s virtual reality assessment of executive functions: the Jansari assessment of Executive Functions (JEF©). She is currently volunteering at Headway, a centre for people suffering from brain injury, and is looking to work in the mental health field.  Andrea also has a BSc in Neuropsychology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.


Anisha Desai

Anisha is a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist in Neurorehabilitation who studied Neuroscience as an undergraduate. She is passionate about neurorehabilitation, hidden disabilities and cognitive-communication disorders after brain injury; how executive dysfunction social cognitive impairments impact on communication skills.

Anisha sits on the RCSLT’s Clinical Excellence Network for Acquired Brain Injury and represents RCSLT at the ABI Alliance.  Anisha has recently presented posters at the British Paediatric Neurologist Association (BPNA), European Academy of Childhood Disorders (EACD) and Frontiers in TBI conference.


Emma MallinderEmma Mallinder

Emma completed her MSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience at Goldsmiths University in 2019. Her thesis investigated the role of sleep in consolidating both verbal and face memory. She is considering a PhD to further investigate the role of sleep in consolidating face memory.

Emma also has a BA in English and Italian from the University of Wales, and a Grad-Dip in Psychology from LSBU. Her previous areas of research included the effect on parents of their child’s acquired brain injury.


Rosamond WatlingRosamond Watling

Dr Watling is a Chartered Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Regent’s University London, who leads the BSc Psychology Programme. Her teaching specialisations are cognitive and biological psychology. Following completion of a First-Class BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology at the University of East London, where her research was under the supervision of Dr Jansari, she completed an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology and a PhD at Goldsmiths‘ Department of Psychology. Her PhD research focused on visual extinction, a neurological disorder that occurs following brain damage. Her current interests include synaesthesia, visual neglect and disorders of face recognition. She has supervised many undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in psychology, as well as supervising a PhD student.


Noah ShapiroNoah Shapiro

Noah is a final year undergraduate Psychology student at Regent’s University London. He is currently working on an experiment investigating individual differences amongst people with prosopagnosia with respect to the other race bias.

Raheleh Heyrani

Raheleh Heyrani is graduated in clinical psychology both for her BSc and MSc. Her MSc thesis is about evaluation of cognitive functions in depressed and non-depressed elderly people using MoCA and MMSE. Her current research interests are tDCS, plasticity, memory and executive functions. She would like to work on Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), using tDCS and cognitive rehabilitation. However, her proposal has not been fixed, yet. She hopes to find her research topic for her PhD proposal because she aspires to pursue her PhD in neuropsychology at Goldsmith London University under supervision of Dr Ashok Jansari.

Christina Lepak

Christina got her bachelor’s in Psychology and Neuroscience at Miami University (Ohio). She then studied abroad and completed her MSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience at Goldsmiths with Dr. Jansari. Her dissertation project focused on the looking at the differences in executive functioning in younger versus older adolescents using the JEF-A© assessment. In addition, her project also assessed the ecological validity of JEF-A©  by comparing these results to other current standard executive function tests. She currently works as a research associate at The Ohio State University in the neuroscience department doing spinal cord injury research. 

Benjamin Ryan

Benjamin is a MSc Psychology student at University of East London and has a passion for perceptual and neuropsychological research. Under the supervision of Dr Mary Spiller, he is presently researching the mental imagery abilities of female gamers. He is also excited to assist Dr Jansari with the JEF© research.