Welcome to the Laboratory for Clinical and Lifelong Developmental Studies (Klinik ve Yaşam Boyu Gelişim Çalısmaları Laboratuvarı)
We aim to study lifelong developmental and clinical processes which enable human beings to adapt to their environment in a functional way. We are currently working towards a project on exploring the underlying processes of parenting and child development in the context of North Cyprus examined in a longitudinal design which is planned to cover lives of parents and their children from antenatal through to adulthood periods.
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Head of EMU Department of Psychology
Dr. Fatih Bayraktar completed his BSc degree in Middle East Technical University Psychology Department in 1998. He started his MSc education in Developmental Psychology at Ege University while working in various Special Education Centers. His master thesis titled “The Role of Internet Usage among Adolescents" was successfully defensed in 2001. He then returned to North Cyprus to finish the military service. Meanwhile he started to give lectures in Developmental Psychology in a private university and worked as school psychologist in a private college. In 2005 he was accepted to the Developmental Psychology PhD program in Hacettepe University Psychology Department. In 2006 he started to work as a research assistant in Psychology Department of Ankara University. In 2008 he moved back to North Cyprus as a full-time lecturer in Eastern Mediterranean University. Between years 2011-2012 he was the vice dean of Faculty of Arts & Sciences. In 2013 he won a scholarship by EU for post-doc in Masaryk University Faculty of Social Sciences Institute for Research on Children, Youth and Family. In 2015 he was promoted to associate professorship in Developmental Psychology. In 2018 he was elected as the chair of Eastern Mediterranean University Psychology Department.
Some of his research interests are as follows: Prosocial-antisocial behaviors among adolescents; Internet use/misuse among adolescents; Resilience; Bullying/cyberbullying; Minority children/adolescents and their online risks/opportunities; Parental mediation strategies.
Tufan, İ, & Bayraktar, F. (in press). The Predictors of Time Perspectives: A Comparative Study from Cyprus. Nesne Psikoloji Dergisi.
Bayraktar, F., & Wright, M. F. (2020). The longitudinal associations of cyberbullying and cybervictimization: Preliminary Findings from a Two Wave Study. In M.F. Wright & L. Schiamberg, (Eds.). Child and Adolescent Online Risks Exposure: An Ecological Perspective, pp. 129-147, Elsevier, San Diego, USA.
Oztekin, R.H. & Bayraktar, F. (2019). How Decisiveness, Self-Efficacy, Curiosity and Independent/Interdependent Self-Construals Are Related with Future Hopefulness among Senior Students. Behavioral Sciences, 9, 1-11.
Bayraktar, F. (2019). Individual level predictors of face to face bullying: The findings of a two-wave longitudinal study. In I. V. Ancho, & K. R. Palces (Eds.) School Violence: Risk Factors, Prevention and Challenges,pp. 23-47, Hauppauge: Nova Science Publishers.
Wright, M. F., Yanagida, T., Machackova, H., Dedkova, L., Sevcikova, A., Aoyama, I.,Bayraktar, F., Kamble, S. V., Li, Z., Soudi, S., Lei, L., & Shu, C. (2018). Face-to-face and cyber victimization among adolescents in six countries: The interaction between attributions and coping strategies. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma,11, 99-112.
Ugur, S. & Bayraktar, F. (2018). The role of status related and parental variables on adolescents' bullying behavior. Journal of Global Research in Education and Social Science, 12, 180-191.
Wright, M.F., Yanagida, T., Aoyama, I., Ševčíková, A., Macháčková, H., Dědková, L., Li, Z.,Kamble, S.V., Bayraktar, F., Soudi, S., Lei, L., & Shu, C. (2017). Differences in Severity and Emotions for Public and Private Face-to-face and Cyber Victimization Across Six Countries. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 48, 1216-1229.
Bayraktar, F. (2017). Çevrimiçi Riskler ve Ebeveyn Aracılık Stratejileri: Avrupa ve Türkiye'de Yaşayan Türk Kökenli Çocuk/Ergenlerin Karşılaştırılması. Eğitim ve Bilim [Education and Science], 190, 25-37.
Wright, M.F., Yanagida, T., Aoyama, I., Dedkova, L., Li, Z., Kamble, S.V., Bayraktar, F., Sevcikova, A., Soudi, S., Machackova, H., Li, L. & Shu, C. (2017). Differences in Attributions for Public and Private Face-to-face and Cyber Victimization among Adolescents in China, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, India, Japan, and the United States. The Journal of Genetic Psychology: Research and Theory on Human Development, 178 (1), 1-14.
Bayraktar, F. (2016). Does culture matter? Cyberbullying perpetration and Cybervictimization in Mediterranean Sea Region. In M.F. Wright (Ed.). A Social-Ecological Approach to Cyberbullying, pp.253-268, Hauppauge: Nova Science Publishers.
Bayraktar, F., Barbovschi, M., & Kontríková, V. (2016) Risky sociability and personal agency: Offline meetings with online contacts among European children and adolescents. Children and Youth Services Review, 70, 78-83.
Wright, M.F., Yanagida, T., Sevcikova, A., Aoyama, I., Dedkova, L., Cerna, A., Li, Z., Kamble, S.V., Bayraktar, F., Soudi, S., Li, L. & Shu, C. (2016). Differences in Coping Strategies for Public and Private Face-to-face and Cyber Victimization among Adolescents in Six Countries. International Journal of Developmental Science, 10, 43-53.
Wright, M. F.,Barbovschi, M. & Bayraktar, F. (2016). Do parents' attitudes toward outdoor play and hanging out influence adolescents' technology use? Journal of Global Research in Education and Social Science, 6 (4), 244-254
Bayraktar, F. (2015). A step toward understanding cross-cultural and cross-national variances in cyberbullying. In Cheever, N., Rosen, L., Carrier,M. (Eds.). The Handbook of Psychology, Technology, and Society, pp.158-175, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK.
Bayraktar, F., Machackova, H., Dedkova, L., Cerna, A., & Sevcikova, A. (2015). Cyberbullying: The discriminant factors among cyberbullies, cybervictims, and cyberbullies/victims in a Czech adolescent sample. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30 (18), 3192-3216.
Bosman, J., Bayraktar, F., & d'Haenens, L. (2015). Children's digital media practices within the European family home: Does perceived discrimination matter? Journal of Children and Media, Special Issue: Children and Media in the Family Context, 77-94.
Bayraktar, F. (2019, July). The Longitudinal Associates of Cyberbullying and Cybervictimization in a Turkish Cypriot Adolescent Sample. Paper presented at XVI. European Congress of Psychology, Moscow, Russia.
Öztekin, R.H., & Bayraktar, F. (2019, July). How Decisiveness, Self-Efficacy and Independent/Interdependent Self-Construals Are Related With Future Hopefulness Among Senior Students. Paper presented at XVI. European Congress of Psychology, Moscow, Russia.
Bayraktar, F. (2018, July). The predictors of hedonistic and future oriented time perspectives in a sample of Turkish Cypriot adolescents . Poster accepted to be presented at ISSBD 2018, Gold Coast Queensland, Australia.
Uğur, S., & Bayraktar, F. (2018, July). The role of individual, peer related and parental variables on bullying in a Turkish Cypriot adolescent sample. Poster accepted to be presented at ISSBD 2018, Gold Coast Queensland, Australia.
Tufan, İ., & Bayraktar, F. (2018, July). The associations between time perspectives and psychological difficulties: Sample with and without traumatic tendency. Poster accepted to be presented at ISSBD 2018, Gold Coast Queensland, Australia.
Bayraktar, F. (2018, July). Personality related, emotional and behavioral predictors of cyberbullying and cybervictimization in a sample of Turkish Cypriot adolescent. Poster accepted to be presented at ISSBD 2018, Gold Coast Queensland, Australia.
Bayraktar, F. (2016, July). The predictors of hedonistic and future oriented time perspectives among Turkish Cypriot adolescents. Paper presented at XXXI. International Congress of Psychology, Yokohama, Japan.
Yılmaz, O., & Bayraktar, F. (2016, July).The role of personality traits, self-esteem, self-efficacy, and locus of control in Internet and gaming dependency. Paper presented at XXXI. International Congress of Psychology, Yokohama, Japan.
Gökçe Yılmaz Akdoğan
Dr. Yılmaz Akdoğan completed her bachelors in the Department of Psychology at Middle East Technical University, Turkey (2005). She completed her MSc in Child Development (2009) at Hacettepe University, Ankara-Turkey on psychological assessment of sexually abused 6-12 year-old children using Kinetic Family Drawings while working at the Child Protection Centre in Gazi University Hospital. Dr. Yılmaz Akdoğan then moved on to private practice in paediatric settings, working with families who seek consultancy for their infants' development and self-regulatory skills. In 2014 she moved to Christchurch, New Zealand and received a Postgraduate Diploma on Child and Family Psychology (PgDipSc) and completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at University of Canterbury (2018) focusing on the effects of behavioural sleep interventions for infant sleep problems on infant attachment quality.
Her area of research includes but not limited to infant sleep problems, behavioural sleep interventions, and the development of self-regulation and attachment through infancy and toddlerhood.
Kutsal, E., Pasli, F., Sahin, F., Isikli, S., Yilmaz, G. & Beyazova, U. (2011). Preliminary validation of The Child Abuse Potential Inventory in Turkey. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26(14), 2856-2865.
Akdogan, G. Y., France, K. G., & Blampied, N. (2017). What parent and child factors predict parental help-seeking for paediatric sleep disturbance (PSD)? Sleep Medicine, 40, e355.
Boran, R., Beyazova, U., Yılmaz, G., İlhan, M.N., Şahin, F., Çamurdan, A.D. (2011). Factors affecting the maternal bonding of mothers in a well-child clinic of a university hospital (in Turkish). 1st National Congress on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics; Ankara, Turkey.
Şerif Türkkal Yenigüç
Şerif Türkkal Yenigüç completed her bachelors at METU in Psychology (2011). In her Masters training she studied Child and Adolescent Psychology at Leiden University in the Netherlands (2012). During her masters training at Leiden, she worked as a research assistant in the Brain and Development Lab. She completed her master thesis on The Role of Parental Over-Protection on Rumination Mediated by Negative Self-Beliefs under Dr Miers' and Dr Blöte's supervision. Her master thesis was part of a project leaded by Prof. Michiel Westenberg on Social Anxiety and School Refusal in which the maturation of behavior and brain function in social anxiety is investigated in relation to genes versus environment.
She finished her PhD in Clinical Psychology at University of Nicosia. Her dissertation is on Identity in Cyprus and Its relation with Psychological Health. As part of her PhD she completed over1500 hours of practice under supervision at KESY, which is a Counseling Service run by University of Nicosia. Also as part of her training, she worked at Kırıkkale University Hospital, Psychiatry Department both in inpatient and outpatient services as a Trainee Clinical Psychologist. Her area of research includes but not limited to social and personal identity, self-continuity, cognitive dissonance, parenting, anxiety, psychological well-being.
Emre Alpay is PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Mersin. He worked as psychologist in juvenile court and state hospital. Then, he spent 6 years as research assistant in Mersin University. He joined EMU psychology department in 2019.
Emre is currently working on his dissertation about maternal narcissism, self-criticism and psychopathology. His research interests focused on parenting, self-criticism, personality disorders, emotion dysregulation, narcissism and childhood traumas.
Belli, H., Özçetin, A., Ertem, Ü., Alpay, E., Bahçebaşı, T., Kıran, Ü. K., ... & Bayık, Y. (2007). Şizofreni hastalarında bazı sosyodemografik özellikler ve tedavi ile ilişkili etkenler. Anadolu Psikiyatri Dergisi, 8(2), 102-12.
Belli, S., Belli, H., Bahcebasi, T., Ozcetin, A., Alpay, E., & Ertem, U. (2008). Assessment of psychopathological aspects and psychiatric comorbidities in patients affected by tinnitus. European archives of otorhinolaryngology, 265(3), 279-285.
Alpay, E. (2017). Çocukluk çağı ihmal ve istismarının nörobiyolojik sonuçları: bir gözden geçirme. Journal Of Neurobehavioral Sciences, 4 , 126-133.
Alpay, E. H., Aydın, A., & Bellur, Z. (2017). Çocukluk Çağı Travmalarının Depresyon ve Travma Sonrası Stres Belirtileri İle İlişkisinde Duygu Düzenleme Güçlüklerinin Aracı Rolü (Tur). Klinik Psikiyatri Dergisi, 20(3), 218-226.
Bellur, Z., Aydın, A., & Alpay, E. H. (2018). Mediating role of coping styles in personal, environmental and event related factors and posttraumatic growth relationships in women with breast cancer. Klinik Psikiyatri Dergisi, 21(1).
Alpay, E. H., Bellur, Z., & Aydin, A. (2018). The reliability and validity of the Invalidating Childhood Environment Scale (ICES)–Turkish Version. Dusunen Adam-Journal of Psychiatry and Neurological Sciences, 31(1), 40-49.
Alpay, E., Aydın, A. & Bellur Z. (2017).The mediating role of the emotion dysregulation on the relationship between childhood traumas, post traumatic stress symptoms and depression. XVII World Congress of Psychiatry; Berlin, Germany
Bellur Z., Aydın, A. & Alpay, E. (2017). Turkish translation and psychometric properties of the invalidating childhood environment scale (ICES). XVII World Congress of Psychiatry; Berlin, Germany
Hasan Ergüler (MSc) completed his undergraduate trainings in Neuroscience (University of Edinburgh, 2010) and Psychology (Eastern Mediterranean University, 2015) prior to completing the MSc program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ankara, in 2017. Currently, he is a full-time PhD student in the General Psychology programme of the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. He is currently progressing in the data collection stage for his thesis focusing on the links between dispositional mindfulness, psychological flexibility, and psychological well-being, under the supervision of Dr. Nuno Ferreira.
Hasan is currently a part-time faculty in Eastern Mediterranean University and has teaching experiences on the introductory psychology, theories of personality, psychopathology, and clinical psychology courses. His research interests focus on secular Buddhist insights on psychology, ACT processes, mindfulness-based interventions, and future thinking in people suffering from depression as well as anxiety symptoms.
Ergüler, H. & Durak Batıgün, A. (2018). Geleceğe Yönelik Öngörüler Ölçeği (GYÖÖ) Geçerlik ve Güvenirlik Çalışması - Subjective Probability Task: Validity and Reliability. J Clin Psy, 21, 168-176, DOI:10.5505/kpd.2017.76376.
Ergüler, H. & Durak Batıgün, A. (2020). "Depresyon ile Gelecege Yonelik Ongoruler ve Yurutsel Islevler Degiskenleri Arasindaki Iliskilerin Incelenmesi - Examination of the Relationship Between Depression, Future Expectations, and Several Executive Function Variables. J Clin Psy, in press (ref.no:KPD-41033).
EMU Longitudinal Study on Child Development, Parenting, and Adaptation
The effectiveness of internet-based behavioural sleep interventions in Turkish families: A single case experimental study using multiple baseline across participants. Gökçe Yılmaz Akdoğan
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