Dr. Stephanie Rossit joined UEA as a lecturer in Psychology in 2013. She graduated in Psychology from the University of the Algarve (Portugal) and then went on to do a Ph.D. at the University of Glasgow investigating stroke patients who suffered from visual neglect. After her Ph.D. she undertook a post-doctoral research position at the Brain and Mind Institute at the Western University (Canada) using functional magnetic resonance imaging to study visuomotor control. She is an executive commitee member of the British Neuropsychological Society. She is a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS). For more information please visit Dr. Rossit’s Neurolab website.
Dr. Rossit’s research is inter-disciplinary at the intersection of Neuroscience, Psychology and Medicine. The overarching goal of her research program is to: 1) investigate how the brain supports perception, action and attention; 2) investigate how these processes are affected by aging and brain disease; and 3) develop and test novel ‘complex interventions’ for cognitive rehabilitation. In PSY, she leads a unique line of research in the Neuropsychology Laboratory (Neurolab) bridging the gap between neuroscience and clinical practise and working with severe clinical populations (stroke survivors, traumatic brain injury survivor, dementia and cognitive impairment).
Most of her neuropsychological research is focused on studying the deficits associated with visual neglect (a loss of awareness of the contralesional side of space present in up to 80% of stroke patients) as well in investigating the efficacy of techniques used to rehabilitate this severe neurological condition.
In her work she uses a variety of methods: neuropsychological testing; clinical trials; psychophysics; motion-tracking to measure eye and hand movements; lesion-symptom mapping to relate particular deficits with specific lesion sites in stroke patients; functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure the pattern of brain activation while participants perform perceptual and motor tasks inside an MRI scanner.