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Dr Stefanie Hassel

Lecturer in Psychology

School of Life and Health Sciences
Aston University
Aston Triangle
Birmingham
B4 7ET

Room: SW507c
Email: s.hassel@aston.ac.uk
Telephone: 0121 204 4003

Research Group

Basic and Applied Neurosciences

Research Centre

Aston Brain Centre

Dr S Hassel
I returned to Aston University in July 2013, having previously graduated from the Neurosciences Research Institute / Wellcome Trust Laboratory for Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Studies here in 2005, with a PhD in applied psychology / neuroscience.

In 2005, I joined the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA where I worked with Dr. Mary Phillips. Whilst at WPIC, I gained extensive clinical experience by working with different psychiatric populations, specifically patients with bipolar disorder and unipolar depression. I also employed multimodal neuroimaging techniques, i.e, MEG, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to study emotion processing and emotion regulation in patients with mood disorders.

In 2009, I joined the Department of Psychiatry and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI), at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where I worked with Dr. Glenda MacQueen. At U of C, I continued to use novel functional imaging tasks and methodologies to investigate brain activity during the processing of complex cognitive and emotional tasks in patients with mood disorders.
  •  PhD, Applied Psychology/Neuroscience 
  • Neuroscience Research Institute, Wellcome Trust Laboratory for Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Studies, Aston University, Birmingham, UK, 2005

  • BSc Human Psychology Department of Psychology, Aston University, Birmingham, UK, 2001 
  • Since July 2013: Lecturer, Department of Psychology, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom

  • Since December 2013: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Since July 2009: Adjunct Instructor, Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic (WPIC), University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA

  • July 2009 – June 2013: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada

  • April 2005 – June 2009: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic (WPIC), University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  •  PY2235 – Brain and Behaviour (Module Convenor)
  • PY4015 – Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PY4057/4090 – Advanced  Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PY3315 – Final Year Project (Combined Honours)
  • PY1128 – Studying Psychology in Higher Education
  • PY1135 – Psychology and the Brain
  • PY4010 – Advanced Methods in Psychological Research
  • PY4207 – Research Practicals in Cognitive Neuroscience

 My research interests lie in the combination of neuroimaging methodologies and their application to investigate and characterize the neurophysiological correlates of emotion perception, emotion regulation and social cognition in psychiatric disorders, specifically bipolar disorder and unipolar depression. My research to date has employed functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) as well as magneto- encephalography (MEG) to gain a better understanding of the potentially aberrant neural processes that underlie emotion processing and emotion regulation in various psychiatric disorders. In addition to cross-sectional studies I have also begun to assess patients longitudinally. More recently, I became involved with a multi-site project in Canada investigating the neuroimaging, genetic and clinical markers of antidepressant treatment response.

  •  Investigating Emotion Regulation and Social Cognition in Bipolar Disorder (with GM MacQueen, G Hall, J Bobyn)

  • Trait Impulsivity, Response Inhibition And Personal Financial Management In Patients With Bipolar Disorder (with GM MacQueen, M Cheema)

  • Facial Expression Identification in Mood Disorders (with GM MacQueen, B Fonseka)

  • A longitudinal Investigation of Emotion Regulation and Social Cognition in Bipolar Disorder (with GM MacQueen, G Hall)
  •  Investigating the fronto-striatal-thalamocortical circuitry in pediatric obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) during inhibitory control 
  • Changes in white-matter microstructure in pediatric OCD

      Principal Investigator: Dalila Akkal, PhD Laboratory of Functional Neurosciences and Pathologies, CHRU Lille, France

  • An Investigation of Biological Markers of Treatment Response in Depression Using Standard Treatment 

      Co-Principal Investigators: Sidney Kennedy, MD University Health Network, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada &                  Glenda MacQueen, MD, PhD

  • The 2012 Sunlight Project: Solar Insolation and Age of Illness Onset in Bipolar Disorder 
      Principal Investigator: Michael Bauer, MD University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
  •  2013 – 2018                                                                                                                                     Canadian Institute of Health Research, Operating Grant (CA $ 178,790.00 pa)
    Co-Investigator [Principal Co-Is: Sidney Kennedy, MD; Glenda MacQueen, MD, PhD]:
    Predicting Antidepressant Treatment Response in Major Depressive Disorder: An Integrated Clinical and Neuroimaging Approach

  •  2010 – 2013
    Hotchkiss Brain Institute – Clinical Research Unit (CA $15,000.00)

    Co-Investigator
    [Principal Investigator: Glenda MacQueen, MD, PhD]
    A longitudinal Investigation of Emotion Regulation and Social Cognition in Bipolar
    Disorder

  • July 2010 – June 2011
    Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (CA $50,000.00)

    Principal Investigator

    Investigating the Neural Correlates of Emotion Regulation and Social Cognition in Bipolar
    Disorder: An fMRI Study
  • July 2007 – June 2010
    National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorder (US $60,000.00)

    Principal Investigator

    Processing Facial Affect in Bipolar Disorder: A Magnetoencephalography Study.

  •  MPhil/PhD Neurosciences, Aston University (January 2015 - present) 
Ainara Jauregi, MSc (Supervisor):Using Response Inhibition and Reward Responsiveness to Investigate Risk for      Psychopathology
  • MSc Cognitive Neurosciences, Aston University (November 2014 - present)
Dimitrios Charitopoulos, BSc (Supervisor): Investigating personality characteristics and cognitive-behavioral         mechanisms in social cognition.
  • MSc Cognitive Neurosciences, Aston University (November 2014 - present)
          Natalie Birke, BSc (Co-Supervisor): A social cognition study of the factors that drive financial decision making
  • MSc Cognitive Neurosciences, Aston University (December 2013 - September 2014) 

          Karolina Rokita, BSc Psychology (Supervisor): The Effects of Bilingualism on Executive Functioning in Young Adults

  • MSc Medical Sciences Program, University of Calgary (January 2013 – December 2014) 

    Jacqueline Bobyn, BSc Psychology (University of Victoria) (Co-Supervisor): Assessment of The Neural Correlates of Social Cognition in Bipolar Disorder
  • BSc Neuroscience Program Honours Thesis Supervision, University of  Calgary (September 2012 – April 2013) 

    Marvi Cheema, BSc Neuroscience: Trait Impulsivity, Response Inhibition And Personal Financial Management In Patients With Bipolar Disorder 

 British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience

Recent Publications