Portrait of Dr Christiana Iordanou

Dr Christiana Iordanou

Lecturer in Developmental Psychology
Partnership Schools Co-ordinator
Member of Ethics Team
GTA mentor

About

Christiana completed an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Loughborough University, and an MSc in Developmental Psychology and a PhD at Lancaster University. She also has postgraduate qualifications in Drama Therapy and Group Analytic Psychotherapy, as well as extensive clinical experience in numerous mental health settings in the Greek national health service and private sector. She is an HCPC registered dramatherapist.

Research interests

Christiana's research interests encompass forensic developmental psychology. She is particularly interested in how different non-verbal interview methods (i.e. drawing, dramatisation) can facilitate young children's eyewitness accounts and how children's own internal characteristics interact with these methods to either facilitate or hinder their reports. Some research questions she has attempted to answer are: 

  • Does drawing and dramatisation facilitate young children's eyewitness testimony after different time delays?
  • Do children's internal characteristics (i.e. temperament, mood, symbolic ability, language ability) interact with different interview methods to facilitate their reports?
  • Does the content of children's drawings involve forensically relevant information and how does that change over time?
  • Do children's drawings of a past event act as memory aids of that event after a delay?
  • Does drawing facilitate adults' memory of an event?

Teaching

  • SP305 Introduction to Psychology II
  • SP306 Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • SP528 Child Development
  • SP581 Advanced Topics in Cognitive Development
  • SP852 Developmental Psychology in Professional Practice
  • SP637 Forensic Psychology: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives
  • SP805 Psychology of Criminal Conduct
  • SP806 Psychology of Law and Justice

Professional

Forthcoming publications

  • Iordanou, C. (in press). ‘The space between’: Role play as a tool in the treatment of child sexual abuse. Dramatherapy.
  • Iordanou, C., Allen, M., & Warmelink, L. (under review). Cognitive skills, individual differences, and nonverbal interview methods in children’s eyewitness testimony. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition.
  • Iordanou, C., Allen, M., & Warmelink, L. (under review). Drawing in eyewitness testimony: What do children draw and how does the content of their drawings differ from their verbal reports? Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts.
  • Iordanou, C. & Mattock, K. (in prep). Where the wild things are: Preschool children’s understanding of emotions in a picture book.

Books

  • Iordanou, I., Hawley, R., & Iordanou, C. (2017). Values and ethics in coaching. London: Sage.

Chapters in edited books/encyclopedia

  • Iordanou, C. (in press). Young witnesses’ wellbeing during forensic interviewing. Encyclopedia of the Sustainable Development Goals. Springer.
  • Iordanou, C. (2019). Using dramatherapy to facilitate team coaching. In D. Clutterbuck, J. Gannon, S. Hayes, I. Iordanou, K. Lowe, & D. McKie (Eds.), The Practitioner’s Handbook of Team Coaching. London: Routledge.
  • Iordanou, C. (2014). The treatment of child sexual abuse through dramatherapy. In O. Giotakos, M. Tsiliakou, A. Tsitsika, & G. Tsouvelas (Eds.), New types of child and adolescent abuse (pp. 249-257). Athens: Beta.

Knowledge exchange publications

  • Iordanou, C., & Iordanou, I. (2019). Ethical issues in team coaching: Some reflections and practical guidelines. Coaching at Work. 

Conference presentations 

  • Iordanou, C., Allen, M., & Warmelink, L. (2017, May). Investigative interviews of children: Does drawing facilitate their memory? Annual Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law, Mechelen, Belgium.
  • Iordanou, C., Allen, M., & Warmelink, L. (2017, April). Drawing over time: Can drawing enhance investigative interviews with children? Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) 2017 Biennial Meeting, Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas, USA.
  • Iordanou, C., Allen, M., & Warmelink, L. (2017, April). “She took my monkey!”: Can drawing and dramatization facilitate children’s verbal recall of an eyewitness event? Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) 2017 Biennial Meeting, Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas, USA.
  • Iordanou, C., Allen, M., & Warmelink, L. (2016, September). “Tell me, draw me, show me”: Different methods of facilitating young children’s eyewitness testimony. Annual Conference of the Developmental Section of The British Psychological Society, Belfast, Ireland.
  • Iordanou, C., Allen, M., & Warmelink, L. (2016, July). Art in forensic settings: Is children’s eyewitness testimony enhanced by drawing and dramatization? Annual Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law, Toulouse University-Jean Jaures, Toulouse, France.
  • Iordanou, C., & Mattock, K. (2011, September). Understanding those wild things: Preschool children and adults' understanding of emotions in a picture book. British Psychological Society Developmental Section Annual Conference 2011, Northumbria University, New Castle Upon Tyne, UK.

Professional

Editorial board member of Dramatherapy

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