Staff Profile

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Dr Alena Galilee

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

School: School of Psychology and Life Sciences

Campus: To be Decided

Tel: 01227 923354

Profile summary

I joined the School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology in April 2020. I was awarded my PhD in Developmental Neuroscience from the University of Birmingham in 2015. My postgraduate studies were funded by Marie Curie Fellowship and the University of Birmingham fellowship for overseas students. In 2016, I moved to Canada to conduct my postdoctoral research at Dalhousie University (2016-2019) and the University of Calgary (2019-2020). I was also an instructor for undergraduate psychology courses at the Department of Psychology, Mount Saint Vincent University, and I taught postgraduate courses at Werklund School of Education, the University of Calgary. My teaching and research covers childhood psychopathology, neurodevelopmental disorders, educational neuroscience, cognitive and bilogical psychology, introductory and social psychology.

Research and knowledge exchange

Current Research Projects

I am currently working on completing two projects, both funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada:

1) brain and cognitive predictors of reading abilities in young children;

2) neuroscience-based interventions for children with reading difficulties.

I collaborate with Dr. Helene Deacon and Professor Aaron Newman at the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Dalhousie University; with Dr. Gabrielle Wilcox (School of Education) and Dr. Frank MacMaster (Alberta Children’s Hospital) at the University of Calgary.

Developing Research Areas

I am interested in developing further research in the following areas: social cognition, educational neuroscience, social-emotional development, clinical interventions for children at risk for neurodevelopmental disorders.

Research Grants:

University Research Committee Grant Seed Grant, University of Calgary, Canada (2020-2022) – £ 9000, Co-applicant and co-investigator

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada (2019-2021) – £ 52000, Principal Investigator (postdoctoral researcher)

Eyes High Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Calgary, Canada (2019-2020) - £ 32000, Principal Applicant (postdoctoral researcher)

Teaching and subject expertise

In 2020/2021 academic year, I will be teaching the following modules: an undergraduate module Brain and Behaviour, postgraduate MSc conversion course: Cognitive and Biological Psychology module, Graduate Attributes for Work, Creativity and Cognition.

External activities

Conference Publications (Selected)

  • Clarke, D.B, Galilee, A., Nelofar Kureshi, Murray Hong. “Simulation-based training for neurosurgery instrument recognition: VR versus iPad technology”. (2019). American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Abstract.
  • Clarke, D.B., Kureshi,N., Galilee, A., Fenerty L., Thibault-Halman G., Hong M., D’Arcy R.(2019). “Knowledge retention and transfer of simulation-based learning for neurosurgical instruments: A randomized trial of perioperative nurses”. International Society for Simulation in Health Care. Abstract.
  • Clarke DB, Kureshi N, Galilee, A., Fenerty L, Thibault-Halman G, D’Arcy R.(2018). “Simulation-based Training For Burr Hole Surgery Procedure in VR Versus iPad applications”. International Conference in Residency Education. Abstract.
  • Galilee, A., Beck, L., Mimeau, C., Deacon, S.H., Newman, A.J. (2018). “Ortho-semantic learning of novel words in Grade 3 students: An ERP study”. Society for Neurobiology of Language. Poster.
  • Galilee, A., Beck, L., Mimeau, C., Deacon, S.H., Newman, A.J. (2018). “Ortho-semantic learning of novel words in Grade 3 students”. Cognitive Development Conference in Nova Scotia. Poster.
  • Galilee, A. (2018). “Ortho-semantic learning of novel words in Grade 3 students”. Graham Goddard conference, Dalhousie University. Abstract.
  • Tagarelli, K.M., Lazar-Kurz,Z., Galilee, A., Frenck-Mestre, C., Newman, A.J. (2018).The effect of French immersion on first and second language processing in the brain. American Society for Applied Linguistics.
  • Galilee, A., Beck, L., Mimeau, C., Deacon, S.H., Newman, A.J.(2018). Ortho-semantic learning of novel words in Grade 3 students: An ERP study. Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting.
  • Galilee, A., Stefanidou, S., & McCleery, J.P. (2017). Neural mechanisms for speech versus non-speech detection in children with autism spectrum disorders. Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting.
  • Galilee, A., Stefanidou, S., & McCleery, J.P. (2016). Speech versus non-speech detection in children with autism spectrum disorders. Lancaster Conference on Cognitive Development.
  • Streltsova (Galilee), A., McCleery, J.P. (2013). Somatosensory processing of observation of touch in children. International Conference on Cognitive Development.
  • Streltsova (Galilee), A., Umiltá, M.A., Bel-Bahar, T., Gallese, V., Fearon, P., Fonagy, P (2011). “Sensory-motor alpha suppression evoked by the observation of emotional hand gestures”. 8th IBRO World Congress on Neuroscience.

Publications and research outputs

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • Wilcox, G., Galilee, A., Makarenko, E., Stamp, J., MacMaster, F. (2020). “The Importance of Research on Integrating Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (TDCS) with Evidence-Based Reading Interventions”. Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology.
  • Clarke, D.B., Galilee A., Kureshi,N., Fenerty L., Hong M., D’Arcy R. (2020). “Knowledge retention and transfer of simulation-based learning for neurosurgical instruments: A randomized trial of 100 perioperative nurses”. BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning.
  • Galilee, A., Stefanidou, C., McCleery, J.P.(2017). Atypical speech versus non-speech detection and discrimination in 4- to 6- yr old children with autism spectrum disorder: An ERP study. PLOS One. 12(7): e0181354.

  • Galilee, A., McCleery, J.P.(2016). Neural mechanisms of the observation of human and non-human object touch in children: an ERP study. British Journal of Developmental Psychology. 34(1): 86-100.
  • Streltsova (Galilee), A., McCleery J.P.(2014). Neural time-course of the observation of human and nonhuman object touch. Journal of Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. 9(3): 333-341.
  • Streltsova (Galilee), A., Berchio C, Gallese V, Umilta' MA.(2010). Time course and specificity of sensorymotor alpha modulation during the observation of hand motor acts and gestures: a high-density EEG study. Experimental Brain Research. 205(3): 363-373.

Book Comment

  • Streltsova (Galilee), A. “In a search of a better treatment for fragmented self” (2010). Comment to Peter Fonagy “Mentalization: Understanding borderline personality disorder”. In: T. Fuchs, H.C. Sattel, P. Henningsen (Eds.) “The Embodied Self. Dimensions, Coherence and Disorders.” Stuttgart: Schattauer, p 287-292.
 

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