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Department of Psychology



 

Chair
Assoc. Prof. Dr. FATİH BAYRAKTAR

Vice Chair
Assist. Prof. Dr. DENİZ ATALAR

Administrative Assistant
NİLÜFER GÖYMEN

Department's Mission

Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. Psychologists strive to understand the roots of behavior  from biological and cognitive perspectives to intergroup and interpersonal. In order to do so, psychologists investigate a diverse range of topics including human development at the individual level, behavioral disorders rooted in interpersonal relationships, and socialization processes in groups, just to name a few. The mission of the Psychology Department is to train students in psychology in accordance with international standards, including education in the subfields of psychology, application of psychological knowledge, and conducting high quality research. The goal of the department is to contribute to the development of the field and further it as a prestigious discipline.

 

Departmental Facilities

EMU Psychology Department has an international staff with one full professor, three associate professors, three assistant professors, one Ph.D. holder, three fulltime instructors, 8 part time instructors and 3 research assistants. Staff members' research interests address a range of topics from different subfields of psychology. These include, national identification development in children, intergroup contact in intranational conflict, bullying, the role of new media in development, human behaviors in traffic, women in war,as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues to name a few.

The Psychology Department also has a Psycho-Biology laboratory, which was the first of its kind in North Cyprus. This laboratory is equipped with a one-way mirror for behavioral observations, BIOPAC high technology for measuring physiological responses, and software from NOLDUS Information Technologies in the control room for behavioral coding and analysis. The Psycho-Biology also provides 25 computers which are used by faculty and students for lectures and research.

A second laboratory, the Cognitive Behavioral Laboratory, with software including SPSS, MATLAB, and QSR NVivo10 is functional since 2014. 

Programs

The goal of the psychology undergraduate program is to introduce students to a wide variety of topics, perspectives, and levels of inquiry to prepare them for postgraduate work in fields such as social, developmental, industrial, education, health, and clinical psychology. In order to offer our students a specialized program most departmental courses are offered exclusively to students registered in the Psychology Department. In order to offer non-psychology students basic psychological knowledge, some psychology courses such as General Psychology, Introduction to the Psychological Science and Understanding Human Social Behavior are offered as electives to students from departments other than psychology. The goal of the Developmental Psychology Masters Degree Program is to allow students the opportunity to carry out supervised research, develop skills, and gain the knowledge necessary for a successful career in a range of settings as developmental psychologists.

Distinguishing Attributes

The psychology undergraduate degree program curriculum offered by EMU is specifically designed to meet the standards of the European Diploma in Psychology (EuroPsy) and YOK, to ensure our students receive internationally recognized diplomas wh ich will enable them to practice psychology anywhere they choose.The Department is also accredited by the Turkish Psychological Association in 2015.

Major Accomplishments

The Department has graduated over 250 students who have gained employment both nationally and internationally. Our graduates have gone on to complete a masters degrees and Ph.D. degrees at universities in the UK, USA, and Europe.

As mentioned above the Department of Psychology English program is now among eight accredited programs by Turkish Psychological Association in Turkey and the first and only in North Cyprus. The accreditation process of Turkish program will start after the first graduates.

Students studying at the masters level receive supervision in any developmental settings and are trained to conduct high-quality research projects.

Quality of Graduates

The department aims at an education of international standards, introducing students to various subfields of psychology to provide a comprehensive overview of the field. Students who successfully complete the four-year undergraduate program will become psychology graduates; students who complete graduate training and one-year supervision will acquire the title of "professional psychologist." Over fifty percent of our graduates are now enrolled in postgraduate programs throughout Europe, UK the USA.

Career Opportunities

The program not only provides knowledge about psychology, but also equips students with basic research skills to provide them with work opportunities in various fields and the chance to continue with graduate degrees for specialization. Psychologists can expect employment as clinicians, child, forensic and social psychologists, or human resource experts, working in a wide variety of settings such as hospitals, clinics, universities, mass communication centers, prisons, or industrial organizations. Those students who take the preliminary step of choosing this Department will soon discover the limitless realms of both the human mind and human behavior.

Program NameDegreeDuration (Years)
PsychologyBachelor / B.S.4
Psychology (Turkish)Bachelor / B.S.4
Developmental Psychology (with Thesis) *Master / M.S.1 - 2
General Psychology (with Thesis)Master / M.S.1 - 2


Contact Information

Address:
Eastern Mediterranean University
Faculty of Arts & Sciences 
Department of Psychology 
Famagusta, North Cyprus
Mersin 10 Turkey

 Tel: +90 392 630 1389
Fax: +90 392 630 2475
E-mail: psychology@emu.edu.tr




​​Academic Staff

Name SurnameDutyDepartmentOfficeTel
Prof. Dr. MEHMET METİN ERGİNEL Faculty Member Psychology AS217 2416
Prof. Dr. ŞENEL RAMAN Faculty Member Psychology AS209 1042
Assoc. Prof. Dr. FATİH BAYRAKTAR Chair Psychology AS201 1079
Assist. Prof. Dr. AKİLE BERFU ZORBA Faculty Member Psychology AS210 2279
Assist. Prof. Dr. AYŞENUR TALAT ZRİLLİ Faculty Member Psychology AS211 1283
Assist. Prof. Dr. BURCU KAYA KIZILÖZ Faculty Member Psychology AS215 3051
Assist. Prof. Dr. ÇIĞIR KALFAOĞLU Faculty Member Psychology AS207 1362
Assist. Prof. Dr. DENİZ ATALAR Faculty Member,
Vice Chair
Psychology AS218 2411
Assist. Prof. Dr. DİLEK ÇELİK Faculty Member Psychology AS214 2478
Assist. Prof. Dr. EMRE HAN ALPAY Faculty Member Psychology AS212 2282
Assist. Prof. Dr. GÖKÇE YILMAZ AKDOĞAN Faculty Member Psychology AS208 2777
Dr. ŞERİF TÜRKKAL Senior Instructor Psychology AS220 1368

Part-time Academic Staff

Name SurnameDutyDepartmentOfficeTel
Sr. Instr. DOĞA ÖZTÜRK Senior Instructor Psychology AS216 1324
Sr. Instr. ELİF TEKİN Senior Instructor Psychology AS219 2013
Sr. Instr. HASAN ERGÜLER Senior Instructor Psychology AS213 1616
Sr. Instr. NAİFE SEVDALI Senior Instructor Psychology AS213 1616
Sr. Instr. ONUR YILMAZ Senior Instructor Psychology AS219 2013
Sr. Instr. ÖZLEM BURAK Senior Instructor Psychology AS216 1324

​​Research Assistants

Name SurnameDutyDepartmentOfficeTel

 Welcome to Research in Memory and Action

Objective:

We aim to study cognitive processes involved in autobiographical and working memory and control of skilled actions using surveys, reaction time tasks, typing and EEG, and often a combination of these methods.

Announcements:

Assistant Prof. Dr. Burcu Kaya Kızılöz and Çığır Kalfaoğlu will be presenting their work in the 60th meeting of the Psychonomics Society in Montreal, November 14th through 17th 2020.

Assistant Prof Dr. Çığır Kalfaoğlu and Dr. Tom Stafford have secured a small grant of 3500GBP from the Experimental Psychology Society (UK) to fund their project titled "Illusions of Authorship Reveal Hierarchical Control of Actions: an EEG Analysis"

Links

EMU Psychology Department: https://www.emu.edu.tr/en/academics/faculties/faculty-of-arts-sciences/department-of-psychology/1139

People

Graduate students

Gizem Karaca

Hatice Adli

Süleyman Erdoğan

To become one, please contact us!

Undergraduate students

English Memory Group

Rawan İbrahim

Hilal Kaya

Eren Irmak

Melike Yeşilyurt

Yasemin Cansu

Berin Sarı

Berke Dargın

Vrinda Chum

Hayriye Gülfem Çağlar

Rima Benhoussa

Fahima Tebessum

Seray Çakar

Ezgi Kamalı

Turkish Memory Group

Nazlı Karaçaylı

Fadime çapık

Elif Gürsoy

Büşra Şimşek

Ömer Yüncü

İsmail Mertcan Çelik

Özge Ceylan

İsmet Sönmez

Serkan Çinemre

Reyhan Boğar

Nazlı Erişiş

Beyza Dokumacı

To become one, please contact us!

Collaborators

Ali Tekcan (Bogazici University)

Ayse Altan Atalay (Koc University)

Aslı Aktan-Erciyes (Kadir Has University)

Aycan Kapucu-Eryar (Ege University)

Elizabeth Milne (University of Sheffield, UK)

Irmak Olcaysoy-Okten (New York University)

İlmiye Seçer (Başkent University)

Pınar Kurdoğlu-Ersoy (Ege University)

Tom Stafford (University of Sheffield, UK)

Lab Directors

Assistant Prof. Dr. Burcu Kaya Kızılöz

Professional Background

My interest in cognition started during my undergraduate studies at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. My interest in cognition turned into a passion for memory during my third year at the Human Memory course taught by Dr. Ali Tekcan. After completing my MA with a thesis on flashbulb memories, I spent 5 years as a research assistant at Bogazici University working at Ali Tekcan's Memory lab. I started my PhD studies in 2012 and graduated in 2018 with a thesis exploring cognition in depression. After working at several universities in Istanbul as a part time lecturer, in 2019, I finally found my home and joined  EMU psychology department in September 2019.

Research Interests

Although my main line of research is autobiographical memories, I am also interested in executive functioning and especially the interaction between executive functioning and autobiographical memories. My aim is to understand this interaction and how it affects psychological disorders like depression and anxiety. Not but not least, I am also very much interested in how culture and individual differences affect cognition.

Publications

Tekcan, A. İ., Yılmaz, E., Kaya Kızılöz, B., Karadöller, D. Z., Mutafoğlu, M., & Aktan Erciyes, A. (2015). Retrieval and phenomenology of autobiographical memories in blind individuals. Memory, 23(3), 329-339.

Kaya Kızılöz, B., & Tekcan, A. I. (2013). Canonical categories in flashbulb memories. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 27(3), 352-359.

Tekcan, A. İ., Kaya-Kızılöz, B., & Odaman, H. (2012). Life scripts across age groups: A comparison of adolescents, young adults, and older adults. Memory, 20(8), 836-847.

Tekcan, A. İ., Topçuoğlu, V., & Kaya, B. (2007). Memory and metamemory for semantic information in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45 (9), 2164-2172.

Presentations

Kaya-Kızılöz, B., Tekcan, A.I., Boduroğlu, A. Interrelations between Executive Functions, Rumination and Overgeneral Memory in Depression. Self and Autobiographical Memory, Aarhus, 2018

Kaya-Kızılöz, B., Tekcan, A.I., Boduroğlu, A. An Examination of Cue Word Effects in Overgeneral Memory. Psychonomics, Boston, 2016.

Aydın, C., Gulgoz, S., Kaya-Kızılöz, B. Post-partum Depression and Autobiographical Memory: A Longitudinal Project. Travelling in time: The construction of past and future events across domains, Aarhus, 2016

Tekcan, A.İ., Kaya-Kızılöz, B., Depression, life scripts and life story memories. Sarmac X, Rotterdam, 2013.

Tekcan, A.İ., Kılınç, S., Kaya-Kızılöz, B., & Göz, İ. Life scripts and life stories in individuals with major depressive disorder. 5th International Conference on Memory, York, 2011.

Tekcan, A.İ., Ece, B., & Kaya-Kızılöz, B. Stability of Life Script and Life Story Events Across Generations. Theoretical Perspectives on Autobiographical Memory Conference, Aarhus, 2010.

Tekcan, A. İ., Odaman, H., Kaya-Kızılöz, B, Tartar, E. E., & Göz, İ. Yaşam seyri beklentileri otobiyografik anı tümseğini açıklayabilir mi? 16. Ulusal Psikoloji Kongresi, Mersin, 2010.

Tekcan, A. İ., Odaman, H., & Kaya-Kızılöz, B. Life scripts across the life span. 50th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, 2009.

Kaya-Kızılöz, B., & Tekcan, A.İ. (2008). Reevaluation of Canonical Categories in Flashbulb Memories. 29. International Congress of Psychology, Berlin, 2008.

Assistant Prof. Dr. Çığır Kalfaoğlu

Professsional Background

I graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON, Canada. This is where my interest in cognitive in action was kindled by an area elective course titled Cognition in Action I took as a third year student. Course was taught by Dr. Sukhvinder Obhi, who also supervised my undergraduate thesis on a project investigating the differences between internally generated vs. externally generated actions. After completing my MSc in thesis about object manipulation in ideomotor apraxia in University of Nottingham, and PhD thesis about error awareness in skilled actions in University of Sheffield, I returned to Cyprus and joined EMU psychology department in September 2013.

Research Interests

My current projects focus on error awareness in skilled actions. It is fascinating to me how we are able to detect our incorrect actions, even when we don't know which action is being executed at a given time (as it is the case in typing). Work in this area suggests processes that enable fast execution and error detection can be dissociated from slow conscious awareness. Although there are well established neural and behavioural markers of error commission and error detection, how they relate to different stages and levels error awareness is still a matter of debate in the literature, and that is where my current research interests lie.

Publications

Kalfaoğlu, Ç., Stafford, T., & Milne, E. (2018). Frontal theta band oscillations predict error correction and posterror slowing in typing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 44(1), 69.

Kalfaoğlu, Ç., & Stafford, T. (2014). Performance breakdown effects dissociate from error detection effects in typing. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67(3), 508-524.

Presentations

"Error correction in typing is predicted by ERN amplitude" Çığır Kalfaoğlu, Tom Stafford and

Elizabeth Milne. Poster presentation (by Kalfaoğlu) in the British Association of Cognitive Neuroscience Meeting in York, UK, on the 11th of September, 2014.

"Typing errors lead to increase in power and synchronization of theta oscillations" Çığır Kalfaoğlu, Tom Stafford and Elizabeth Milne. Poster presentation (by Kalfaoğlu) in the British Association of Cognitive Neuroscience in Newcastle, UK, on Wednesday the 11th of April, 2012.

"What mistakes reveal about skilled performance: A study of touch-typing" Çığır Kalfaoğlu, Tom Stafford and Elizabeth Milne. Poster presentation (by Kalfaoğlu) in the Experimental Psychologists Society Meeting in Oxford, UK, on Wednesday the 13th of April, 2011

Ongoing Projects

Error awareness vs. error detection in skilled action

This project aims to i) establish neural and behavioural markers of error awareness and detection in tasks which are well practiced ii) use these markers to study different stages of and processes involved in error awareness, in an effort to improve performance.

Inhibition of socially threatening stimuli: Specific associations with Looming cognitive style,  social anhedonia, and social anxiety

This study aims to focus on the differentiation between social anxiety and social anhedonia in terms of their association with inhibitory capacity. Although the two constructs are associated with the same behavioral patterns, they are connected with different types of psychological disorders. These findings will have a potential to explore disorder specific patterns of inhibitory capacity.

Does Perceived Cognitive Flexibility Moderate the Individual's Responses to Abstract vs. Concrete Rumination Induction Procedures?

The aim of this study is to test the moderator role of cognitive flexibility in the effectiveness of a simple concrete thinking manipulation on levels of self-reported state rumination and negative affect.

Contact

If you are interested in joining our lab, feel free to email us:

cigir.kalfaoğlu@emu.edu.tr

burcu.kaya@emu.edu.tr

 




 General Psychology

Dr. Şenel Husnu Raman

​ ​Dr. Şenel (Shenel) Husnu Raman is a professor of social psychology in the Department of Psychology at Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus. Shenel obtained a BSc in Psychology and MSc in Social Psychology from Middle East Technical University, Turkey and then a PhD at the University of Kent, UK in Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. Here, she undertook a teaching role and later research assistantship before moving onto teaching at the University of Derby, UK for a year. Şenel joined Eastern Mediterranean University in 2011 where she worked as the head of the Department of Psychology for 5 years. She now coordinates the General Psychology MSc program. Şenel’s research interests cover a number of topics in intergroup relations, focusing mainly on prejudice and prejudice reduction techniques. She has been eager to use social psychological tools to enhance tolerance and acceptance in the context of the Cyprus conflict, mainly by using intergroup contact. She is also a fierce supporter of gender equality and inclusivity, and therefore does work on gender and LGBTI+ issues. Her work has been published in international academic papers and journals such as Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, European Journal of Social Psychology and Sex Roles.As an advocate for peace-building in Cyprus, she became a member of the Bi-communal Technical Committee on Education set up as part of the negotiations in Cyprus. With the aim of applying psychological research findings to promote peace education across the divide, Şenel has also trained as a peace educator. Within this role, she trains teachers and children as part of a peace education intervention program designed for Turkish and Greek school children as well as their teachers, promoting contact and cooperation between both communities. Şenel is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society, a member of the Turkish Psychological Society, European Association of Social Psychology and Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. 

Selected Publications

​​Uluboy, Z. & Husnu, S. (2020). Turkish Speaking young adults attitudes toward transgender individuals: Transphobia, homophobia and gender ideology. Journal of Homosexuality. 10.1080/00918369.2020.1813510

Husnu, S., & Paolini, S. (2018). Positive imagined contact is actively chosen: Exploring determinants and consequences of volitional intergroup imagery in a conflict-ridden setting. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 1-19. DOI: 10.1177/1368430217747405.

Husnu, S., Mertan, B., & Cicek, O. (2018). Reducing Turkish Cypriot children’s prejudice toward Greek Cypriots: Vicarious and extended intergroup contact through storytelling. Group Processes Intergroup Relations, 21(1), 178-192. doi: 10.1177/1368430216656469

Husnu, S. & Mertan, B. (2017). The roles of traditional gender myths and beliefs about beating on self-reported partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 32 (24), 3735-3752. doi:10.1177/0886260515600879

Stathi, S., Husnu, S. & Pendleton, S. (2017). Intergroup contact and contact norms as predictors of post-conflict forgiveness. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice, 21(1), 20-39. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/gdn0000060

Husnu, S. (2016). The role of ambivalent sexism and religiosity in predicting attitudes toward childlessness in Muslim undergraduate students. Sex Roles, 75 (11), 573-582. doi:10.1007/s11199-016-0639-5

Husnu, S. & Crisp, R. J. (2015). Perspective taking mediates the imagined contact effect. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 44, 29–34.

West, K., Husnu, S. & Lipps,G. (2014). Imagined Contact Works in High-Prejudice Contexts: Investigating Imagined Contact’s Effects on Anti-Gay Prejudice in Cyprus and Jamaica. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 11, 60-69.Mertan, B. & Husnu, S. (2014). Understanding of ‘Enemy’in Turkish Cypriot children. Journal of Peace and Conflict, 20, 465-473.

Paolini, S., Harwood, J., Rubin, M., Husnu, S., Joyce, N., & Hewstone, M. (2014). Positive and extensive intergroup contact in the past buffers against the disproportionate impact of negative contact in the present. European Journal of Social Psychology, 44, 548-562.

Halperin, E., Crisp, R.J., Husnu, S., Trzesniewski, K.H., Dweck C. S., & Gross, J.J. (2012). Promoting intergroup contact by changing beliefs: Group malleability, intergroup anxiety, and contact motivation. Emotion, 12,1192-1195. 

Husnu, S. & Crisp, R. J. (2010). Elaboration enhances the imagined contact effect. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 943-950.Husnu, S. & Crisp, R. J. (2010). Imagined intergroup contact: A new technique for encouraging greater inter-ethnic contact in Cyprus. Journal of Peace and Conflict, 16, 97-108.

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Dr. Fatih Bayraktar​

Fatih Bayraktar is an associate professor in Developmental Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus. Fatih had his BSc degree in the Psychology department of Middle East Technical University, Ankara. Than he moved to Ege University, İzmir for MSc in Developmental Psychology. His master thesis entitled “The role of Internet use among adolescents in North Cyprus" was published in one of the pioneer journals in the field (Cyberpsychology, behaviour and Social Networking"and became one of the most cited publications in his academic career. He returned back to Cyprus for finishing the military service and he earned the PhD program in Developmental Psychology in Hacettepe University, Ankara. During his PhD he started to be interested in bullying and he decided to prepare his dissertation about this subject. He proposed a multidimensional model of bullying and tested it in two separate samples. This dissertation was also published in one of the top journals (i.e. Journal of Interpersonal Violence).

Fatih started his full time academic career in Ankara University Psychology Department as a research assistant between 2006-2008. He joined EMU Psychology Department in 2008 as an instructor. He was assigned to Assistant Professorship in 2010. He served as vice dean of Faculty of Arts & Sciences between 2011 and 2012. Than he earned a scholarship for post-doc. He moved to Masaryk University of Czech Republic for one year and studied in a research team so called CyberTeam. During these years he concentrated on cyberbullying and still works on this subject. After returning back to Cyprus he was assigned as Associate Professor in 2015. He was elected as the chair of EMU Psychology Department in 2018 and still serves at this position.

Fatih has a wide research interest; face to face and cyberbullying, prosocial and antisocial behaviors among adolescents, time perspectives and their correlates, Cyberpsychology is some of them. Fatih is a member of Turkish Psychological Association and  European Society of Developmental Psychology.

Selected Publications (for the last five year):

1- Bayraktar, F., & Wright, M. F. (in press). The longitudinal associations of cyberbullying and cybervictimization: Preliminary Findings from a Two Wave Study. In L. Schiamberg, & M.F. Wright (Eds.). Child and Adolescent Exposure to Online Risks, Elsevier, San Diego, USA. 

2- 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. 

3- 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.

4- 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.

5- 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.   

6- 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. 

7- 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. 

8- 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.   

9- 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. 

10- 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. 

11- 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

12- 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.  

13- 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. 

14- 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.  


 

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 Dr. Burcu Kaya-Kızılöz ​

Burcu Kaya-Kızılöz is an assistant professor of cognitive psychology at the Department of Psychology at Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus. Burcu’s interest in cognition started during her undergraduate studies at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. Her interest in cognition turned into a passion for memory during her third year at the Human Memory course taught by Dr. Ali Tekcan. After completing her MA with a thesis on flashbulb memories, she spent 5 years as a research assistant at Bogazici University working at Ali Tekcan's Memory lab. She started her PhD studies at the same university in 2012 and graduated in 2018 with a thesis exploring cognition in depression. After working at several universities in Istanbul as a part time lecturer, she finally found her home and joined  EMU psychology department in September 2018.Although her main line of research is autobiographical memories, Burcu is also interested in executive functioning and especially the interaction between executive functioning and autobiographical memories. Her aim is to understand this interaction and how it affects psychological disorders like depression and anxiety. Not but not least, she is also very much interested in how culture and individual differences affect cognition.Together with Çığır Kalfaoğlu, Burcu established the Research in Memory and Action Lab at EMU in 2019 and running the memory division ever since. She is a member of Psychonomic Society and Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition.

Publications 

Altan-Atalay, A., Kaya-Kızılöz, B., Dönger, İ., & Demiray, D. (2020). Brief State Rumination Inventory (BSRI): A Standardization Study for Turkish Speaking Populations. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 1-11.
 Tekcan, A. İ., Yılmaz, E., Kaya-Kızılöz, B., Karadöller, D. Z., Mutafoğlu, M., & Aktan Erciyes, A. (2015). Retrieval and phenomenology of autobiographical memories in blind individuals. Memory, 23(3), 329-339.Kaya-Kızılöz, B., & Tekcan, A. I. (2013). Canonical categories in flashbulb memories. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 27(3), 352-359.Tekcan, A. İ., Kaya-Kızılöz, B., & Odaman, H. (2012). Life scripts across age groups: A comparison of adolescents, young adults, and older adults. Memory, 20(8), 836-847.Tekcan, A. İ., Topçuoğlu, V., & Kaya, B. (2007). Memory and metamemory for semantic information in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45 (9), 2164-2172.

 

Dr. Çığır Kalfaoğlu​

Dr. Kalfaoglu got his Hons. B.Sc. in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in 2007. He then went to the UK and received his M.Sc. in Applied Neuropsychology at the University of Nottingham in 2008. He later moved to Cardiff, UK, in 2008 and did voluntary research at the University of Cardiff with Dr. Simon Rushton, collecting and analyzing data for a number of projects about visual processes in depth perception. During this time, he also prepared his Ph.D. proposal about cognitive control in skilled actions and sent it out to a number of researchers. Dr. Tom Stafford in University of Sheffield agreed to supervise his proposal after which he started this work in July 2009. This project involved recording behavioral as well as EEG data while typists typed naturally and corrected their errors. He received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience in October 2012 from the psychology department of University of Sheffield. 
Dr. Kalfaoglu moved back to Cyprus, and started working in Cyprus international University in September 2012, and moved to Eastern Mediterranean University in September 2013, where he is still employed as an Assistant Professor, teaching physiological psychology, neuropsychology and research methods courses.
His research interests are still closely aligned with cognitive control of skilled actions, and is developing an appetite for ethical decision making. 

Selected Publications

Kalfaoğlu, Ç., & Stafford, T. (2014). Performance Breakdown Effects Dissociate from Error Detection Effects in Typing. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67(3), 508–524. https://doi.org/10.1080/17470218.2013.820762
Kalfaoglu, C., Stafford, T. and Milne, E. (2017) Frontal theta band oscillations predict error correction and posterror slowing in typing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. ISSN 0096-1523 https://doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000417



 

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 Dr. Deniz Atalar​

Dr. Deniz Atalar is an assistant professor of traffic psychology in the Department of Psychology at Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus. Deniz obtained a BSc in Psychology Psychology from Middle East Technical University, Turkey, an MSc in Applied Psychology from Brunel University, UK and then a PhD at Loughborough University, UK in Driver Behaviour. Here, he worked as a researcher in EU and UK funded projects in the realm of traffic safety. Deniz joined Eastern Mediterranean University in 2014 and is the current vice head of  department. His research interests cover a number of topics in driver behavior research, crash causation and vulnerable road user groups. He is working to help increase the number of academic publications in the field of traffic safety in North Cyprus and to provide guidelines for practitioners to use in the field.  

Selected Publications

Atalar, D., & Thomas, P. (2019) Powered two-wheeler crash scenario development, Accident Analysis & Prevention, Volume 125, Pages 198-206, ISSN 0001-4575, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aap.2019.02.001.Atalar, D., Talbot, R., & Hill, J. (Eds) (2012) Training Package including training manual and draft protocols, Deliverable 2.3 of the EC FP7 project DaCoTAAtalar, D., Thomas, P., Kirk, A., Evgenikos, P., Papantoniou, P., Hermitte, T., & Van Elslande, P (2012) Catalogue of the Current Safety Systems, Deliverable 5.2 of the EC FP7 Project DaCoTA.

 

Dr. Dilek ÇELİK​

Dilek ÇELİK is an assistant professor of forensic psychology at the Department of Psychology at Eastern Mediterranean University. Dilek got her B.A. (Psychology) and M.A. (Developmental Psychology) degrees from Boğaziçi University and PhD degree from Istanbul University, Institute of Forensic Sciences. Her research mainly focuses on child abuse and neglect, children in the justice system and the effect of childhood adversities on psychological wellbeing. She is also interested in understanding the dynamics of violence. Besides her academic studies, she is enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge and experiences within the applied field for developing qualified evidence-based practices. She carries out various projects with many non-governmental organizations in the field of child protection and works as an expert witness in child sexual abuse cases in the legal system and evaluate the quality of forensic interviews and credibility of testimonies. 

Publication

Celik, D. (2019). Adli Görüşme (Forensic Interview). Polat O. (Eds.) Tüm Boyutlarıyla Çocuk İstismarı II: Önleme ve Rehabilitasyon. Seçkin Yayıncılık, Ankara. Burma, R., Akduman, İ., & Çelik, D. (2016). Examination of anger expression patterns and early abuse experiences in Turkish sex offenders. Journal of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Sciences, 13 (2), 23-34. Akduman, İ., Çelik, D., & Tiftik, N. (2016). Female murderers: Examination of the relationship between childhood traumatic experiences and anger expression. International Journal of Human Sciences, 13(1), 1873-1888. Gönültaş, M. B., Akduman, İ., & Çelik, D. (2014). The role of substance abuse in juvenile delinquency and solution proposals. Journal of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Sciences, 11(2), 55-62. 

 


Welcome to the Laboratory for Clinical and Lifelong Developmental Studies (Klinik ve Yaşam Boyu Gelişim Çalısmaları Laboratuvarı) ​

Objective

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. 

​People

Graduate students

To join our lab as a graduate student, please contact us!

Undergraduate students

To join our lab as an undergraduate student, please contact us!

Collaborators

​Lab Directors


Fatih Bayraktar

Associate Professor

Head of EMU Department of Psychology

Professional Background

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.

Recent Publications

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. 

Recent Presentations

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.

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 Gökçe Yılmaz Akdoğan

Assistant Professor

Professional Background

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.

​Selected Publications

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.

​Selected Presentations

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

Professional Background

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

Professional Background

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.

​Publications

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.

Presentations

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

Professional Background

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.

Publications

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).

Upcoming Projects

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

​​Contact

If you are interested in joining our lab, participate in our research, or receive further information, feel free to email us:

fatih.bayraktar@emu.edu.tr 

gokce.akdogan@emu.edu.tr

emre.alpay@emu.edu.tr