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PhD Supervision

  • Ongoing: 3 students at NTU

  • Completed: 1 student at Oxford

  • Examples of completed projects:

Social bonding among children in joint physically active play​

Master's Supervision

  • Completed: 8 students in Applied Child Psychology (NTU), Psychological Wellbeing and Mental Health (NTU), and Developmental Disorders (UoN) programmes

  • Examples of completed projects:

Social bonding in children through dance as a medium

Temporal disorientation and mental wellbeing in the aftermath of COVID-19

Post-traumatic growth in adults who have grown up with a parent with a mental illness

Undergraduate Supervision

  • Ongoing: 8 psychology students at NTU

  • Completed: 11 students at NTU and Johns Hopkins University

  • Examples of completed projects:

How do different forms of play affect academic and social learning?

A socio-cognitive model of evolutionary play behaviour: The effect of smiling and cooperative games on trust perceptions

Creative group play, empathy and its relationship with wellbeing in 6-10-year-olds

​Selected Talks
** Please note: Due to lack of access to free travel and impossible-to-get visa appointments, I have been unable to attend academic events outside of the UK since January 2020. **
  • UPCOMING - April 2024: Talk at the Experimental Psychology Society Conference, UK

  • October 2023: Invited speaker at University College London Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, UK

Movement alignment and social interactions in autism

  • September 2023: Invited speaker at Approaches to Understanding Dyadic Interactions Workshop, UK

​​Measuring alignment in social interaction studies 

  • May 2023: International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), Sweden

​​Specificity of motor imitation difficulties in autistic children

  • November 2022: Invited speaker at Oxford Brookes University, UK

​​What can dance do against rising loneliness and mental health problems in young people?

  • June 2022:  International Conference on Social Identity and Health (ICSIH-5), UK

Social alignment and mental wellbeing in the pandemic


  • January 2022: Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development, Hungary

Chicken and egg? Unravelling the links between over-imitation and social affiliation ​

  • October 2021: Invited speaker at Nottingham Trent University, UK

Social bonding and movement alignment in children and autism

It'll never work on Zoom: learnings in online participation

  • January 2021: Invited speaker at Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Germany

Has social distancing become a social norm?

  • November 2020: Invited speaker at University College London, Action & Body Group, UK

Why do people adhere to Covid-19 guidelines: Insights from a global study

  • May 2019: International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), Canada

Measuring imitation ability in autism using dynamic time warping applied to a dance video game task

Chameleon effect in autism: Decreased mimicry of body movements in social interaction contexts

Tell me more: Storytelling in autism reflects motor, executive, and social impairments

  • March 2019: Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), USA

Taking it slow: reduced tempo training improves dance movement imitation in children with autism

  • May 2018: Invited speaker at the University of Manchester, Body, Eyes and Movement (BEAM) Lab, UK

Inter-personal movement synchrony and social bonding across development

  • June 2017: Society for Philosophy and Psychology 43rd Meeting, USA

Inferring social affiliation from synchronous movements

  • June 2016: Aegina Summer School, Greece

Movement synchrony facilitates social bonding across group divides​


  • Professional development talks (2017 - pres.): Psikologlar Akademi, TAF Network, Avcilar Evrim Atolyesi, Ege University Psychology Society


Examples from the undergraduate- and graduate-level classes that I give:

  • Developmental Psychology (1st and 2nd year undergraduate level)

  • Quantitative Research Methods (1st and 2nd year undergraduate level)

  • Evolutionary Psychology (3rd year undergraduate level)

  • Social Communication in Autism (3rd year undergraduate level)

  • Social and Cognitive Development in Childhood (Master's level)

  • Psychological and Behavioural Difficulties in Childhood (Master's level)

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