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Dr Fiorentina Sterkaj

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

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Dr Fiorentina Sterkaj

T: 01473 338187
E: f.sterkaj@uos.ac.uk  

Career Overview

Doctor Fiorentina Sterkaj is a Senior Lecturer and the Teaching and Learning Lead, for the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Fiorentina is highly experienced in teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes both at Suffolk and the University of Westminster, holding Senior Fellowship status of the Higher Education Academy. Student centred learning and positive student experience is at the core of her practice with an ethos to ‘encourage and empower’.

Fiorentina is an expert in Biological and Cognitive Psychology with a focus on Mental Health and clinical disorders. Fiorentina’s research explores memory and neuropsychological functioning of individuals with depression and those with schizophrenia, aiming to enhance the knowledge of how different memory mechanisms could be underpinning these disorders.

Fiorentina is the founder and director of the Suffolk Psychology Society, providing regular talks by leading professionals, stimulating discussions and networking of professionals and members of the community. Fiorentina, is also a member of the executive, leads the Psychology Research Group, is an admissions tutor, sits on the extenuating circumstance panel and leads the school entertainment committee.

Research Interests

Mental Health and Well-being, Mindfulness, Memory and Forgetting with a particular focus on Retrieval Induced Forgetting and Mood. Cognitive neuropsychology and psychopharmacology of memory in clinical populations: executive functioning, cognitive deficits associated with depression and schizophrenia.

Qualifications

(University of Westminster)

Doctor of Philosophy – ‘‘Retrieval Induced Forgetting in Depression and Schizophrenia: Role of Mood and The Cholinergic System’’.

PGCHE (Post Graduate Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education) – Theory and Practice of Teaching and Learning & Facilitating Student Learning

BSc Honours Psychology

Professional Memberships

Charted member (CPsychol) of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
Schizophrenia International Research Society
Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

Publications/Presentations

Sterkaj F., Edginton, T., Morgan, K., Clow, A., & Groome, D. (2012): Inhibitory Processes in Depression and Schizophrenia: Role of Mood and the Cholinergic System. Presentation at the BPS Psychobiology ASM.

Sterkaj F., Edginton, T., Morgan, K., Clow, A., & Groome, D. Retrieval-Induced Forgetting in Schizophrenia (2012): Role of Depression and Smoking. Abstract in Schizophrenia Bulletin (in press)

Sterkaj F., Edginton, T., Morgan, K., Clow, A., & Groome, D. Retrieval Induced Forgetting in Depression and Schizophrenia: A PhD outline. Presentation at the Westminster Department of Psychology Research Forum, May 2012.

Sterkaj F., Edginton, T., Morgan, K., Clow, A., & Groome, D. (2012) Retrieval-Induced Forgetting in Schizophrenia: Role of Depression and Smoking. Poster presented at 3rd Biennial Schizophrenia International Research Society Conference. Florence, Italy, 14th 18th April.

Sterkaj F., Groome, D., Morgan, K., & Edginton, T. (2011) Comparing Category and Recognition recall. Presentation at the Westminster Department of Psychology Research Forum, May 2011.

Groome, D., & Sterkaj, F. (2010) Retrieval-induced forgetting and clinical depression. Cognition and Emotion, 24, 63 70.

Sterkaj F., Groome, D., Morgan, K., & Edginton, T. (2009) Retrieval-induced forgetting in twins with schizophrenia and healthy control twins. Poster at the Westminster Department of Psychology Research Forum, May 2009.

Groome, D., & Sterkaj F. (2008) Retrieval-Induced Forgetting in Schizophrenia and Depression. Poster at the Psychology Cluster Research Forum, Kings Fund, London, May 2008.

Groome, D., & Sterkaj, F. (2008) Retrieval-induced forgetting in schizophrenia and depression. Poster presented at the BPS Annual conference, Dublin, April 2008.

Groome, D. & Sterkaj, F. (2007).Retrieval-induced forgetting in schizophrenia and depression. Presentation at the 15th meeting of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology 29th August 1st September 2007, Marseille, France.