Sofia-Eleftheria N. Gonida – GREECE – Fall 2012 & Spring 2018 (ECIR)
Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Human Development and ECTS/Erasmus Coordinator of the School of Psychology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. I earned my Ph.D. in Psychology (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science (Catholic University of Leuven/Louvain, Belgium), and completed postgraduate studies in Psychology (Aristotle University of Thessalonik) and BA in Philosophy, Education, and Psychology (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) My research includes: i) gender issues and adolescents’ educational and career choices, “cognitive abilities test for children and adolescents”, cognitive, metacognitive and motivational processes in preschool and early school years, students’ avoidance behaviors (self-handicapping and avoidance of help seeking) during elementary and early high school years, and parental involvement in students’ homework.
I stayed twice at IHAA (then ECIR), fall of 2012 and spring of 2018 while I was a visiting professor at the University of Michigan. ECIR has been strongly associated with my memories of the US and it is always the place I want to be when I visit Ann Arbor. ECIR is simply the best place for someone to stay while in Ann Arbor! Wonderful international atmosphere, community spirit, great location. Huge heterogeneity in terms of geographical distribution, national and religious background, age range and studies orientation. Community spirit as a result of the ECIR friendly, caring and wonderful people. Highly recommended to everyone!