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Dr Eleni Demetriou

Dr Eleni Demetriou is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney. Her areas of interest include researching neurobiological markers of executive function and identifying factors that may contribute to social difficulties in individuals with autism and cerebral palsy. She is currently conducting research into homesickness experienced by children during hospital stays.

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Biography

Dr Demetriou’s PhD explored the cognitive circuitry of executive function, its relation to disability and moderating factors including anxiety and stress. The primary focus was on conditions with social difficulties, including autism, early psychosis and social anxiety disorder. 

 

Dr Demetriou is a Clinical Psychologist, and her broader clinical and research interests include understanding factors that contribute to distress and mental health concerns in children in vulnerable settings and identifying modifiable factors to improve quality of life and disability in people with neurodevelopmental conditions.

Research interests

Research interests include:

neurobiological markers of executive function

- social difficulities associated with autism, early psychosis and social anxiety disorder

Publication highlights

Demetriou, E., Boulton, K., Bowden, M., Thapa, R., Guastella, A. (2022). An evaluation of homesickness in children: A systematic review and meta-analysisJournal of Affective Disorders, 297, 463-470. 

O'Donovan, M. A., Demetriou, E., Whittle, E., Duke, Z., Aitken, T., & Guastella, A. (2021). Home and living options for people with disabilities.

Demetriou, E., Park, S., Pepper, K., Naismith, S., Song, C., Thomas, E., Hickie, I., Guastella, A. (2021). A transdiagnostic examination of anxiety and stress on executive function outcomes in disorders with social impairmentJournal of Affective Disorders, 281, 695-707. 

Demetriou, E., Pepper, K., Park, S., Pellicano, L., Song, C., Naismith, S., Hickie, I., Thomas, E., Guastella, A. (2021). Autism spectrum disorder: An examination of sex differences in neuropsychological and self-report measures of executive and non-executive cognitive functionAutism, 25(8), 2223-2237. 

Demetriou, E., Park, S., Ho, N., Pepper, K., Song, C., Naismith, S., Thomas, E., Hickie, I., Guastella, A. (2020). Machine Learning for Differential Diagnosis Between Clinical Conditions With Social Difficulty: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Early Psychosis, and Social Anxiety DisorderFrontiers in Psychiatry, 11, 545.

Demetriou, E., DeMayo, M., Guastella, A. (2019). Executive Function in Autism Spectrum Disorder: History, Theoretical Models, Empirical Findings, and Potential as an EndophenotypeFrontiers in Psychiatry, 10, 1-17. 

Park, S., Demetriou, E., Pepper, K., Song, C., Thomas, E., Hickie, I., Glozier, N., Guastella, A. (2019). Replication of the psychometric properties of the WHODAS-II in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research, 12(12), 1726-1727. 

Pepper, K., Demetriou, E., Park, S., Boulton, K., Hickie, I., Thomas, E., Guastella, A. (2019). Self-reported empathy in adults with autism, early psychosis, and social anxiety disorder. Psychiatry Research, 281, 1-7. 

 

Park, S., Demetriou, E., Pepper, K., Song, C., Thomas, E., Hickie, I., Glozier, N., Guastella, A. (2019). Validation of the 36-item and 12-item self-report World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule II (WHODAS-II) in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research, 12(7), 1101-1111.

Demetriou, E., Lampit, A., Quintana, D., Naismith, S., Song, C., Pye, J., Hickie, I., Guastella, A. (2018). Autism Spectrum Disorders: A meta-analysis of executive function. Molecular Psychiatry, 23(5), 1198-1204. 

 

Demetriou, E., Song, C., Park, S., Pepper, K., Naismith, S., Hermens, D., Hickie, I., Guastella, E., Norton, A., White, D., Guastella, A. (2018). Autism, Early Psychosis, and Social Anxiety Disorder: a transdiagnostic examination of executive function cognitive circuitry and contribution to disability. Translational Psychiatry, 8(1), 1-10. 

Pepper, K., Demetriou, E., Park, S., Song, C., Hickie, I., Cacciotti-Saija, C., Langdon, R., Piguet, O., Kumfor, F., Guastella, E., Guastella, A. (2018). Autism, early psychosis, and social anxiety disorder: understanding the role of social cognition and its relationship to disability in young adults with disorders characterized by social impairments. Translational Psychiatry, 8(1), 1-11.

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