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 Ioanna Kapantai

Ioanna Kapantai


 Washington Singer 111


Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK

 Office hours:

  • Thursdays 1.30-4pm
  • Tuesdays 12-4pm




I am an E&S (Education & Scholarship) Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Exeter. As part of this role, I teach a range of modules including Undegraduate and Postgraduate modules. I also supervise students on both the Undegraduate and MSc level. 

I am also a member of the Executive Team for the Department's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team. As part of this, I lead on several inititives including the Academic Peer Mentorship Scheme, the Autism Acceptance Week Event, the Decolonize Psychology bookclub and other.

I also work alongisde other colleagues to support student well-being by organising student-centred events. 


  • PhD in Psychology (New Route), University of Kent, UK.
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology. Royal Holloway, University of London, UK


Academic Positions

2020 - current Lecturer in Psychology. University of Exeter, UK 
2019 –2020 Lecturer in Psychology. University of Kent, UK.
2015– 2019 Module Convenor & Associate Lecturer. University of Kent, UK.
2018 –2019 Associate Lecturer. University of Kent, UK.
2017 –2018 Research Assistant. University of Kent & RBLI1, UK.
2015 –2018 Research Assistant. University of Kent & People United, UK.

Honours and Awards
2019 Award: Above & Beyond Teaching Award for Associate Lecturer post
2017 Award: Most Helpful Teacher in the International Foundation Programme
2015 Conference chair: Knowledge Exchange Event, University of Kent 
2015 Conference chair: 2ndInterdisciplinary Conference on Social Movements, University of Kent 

2021: Applied for: Education Incubator Grant to create toolkit of teaching practices for Neurodiverse students
2019 700GBP: Teaching Enhancement Small Support Award (TESSA), University of Kent
2017 300GBP: Research Fund, School of Psychology, University of Kent
2015 300GBP: Travel Grant, School of Psychology, Universityof Ken

Selected Media Coverage

Goldsmiths: Pill-free treatments can tackle insomnia and depression.
People United: Changing the World through Arts & Kindness | Report 

Research group links


Research interests

The main theme of my research is applied social psychology. I am particularly interested on the role of stigma on evaluations of leaders. I examine the role of attributions for stigma on such evaluations and have looked at this both in the context of disability and mental health. I have also more recently been interested in investigating differences in evaluations of male and female leaders.

I was also involved in a research collaboration that investigated the psychological well-being outcomes of non-pharmacological interventions for older persons with insomnia symptoms. This was a meta-analysis that involved researchers from all Goldsmiths University (Department of Psychology), University of Murcia (Department of Human Anatomy), Murcia Institute of Biomedical Research (Spain) and the University of Sussex (Department of Psychology)

In the past, I have also been involved in several external collaborations. I was involved in a collaborative project with People United (a charity organisation) which was funded by the Arts Council England (longitudinal study- 3 years) and examined the role of participatory arts in children’s prosocial tendencies. I was also employed on a proejct with RBLI (Royal British Legion Industries) which focused on the development of an innovative career assessment tool (Game of Zones-mobile and online application) to help young individuals choose the right career path. 


  • PSY1126: Classic Studies in Psychology, Undergraduate Year 1
  • PSY2210: Social Practical, Undergraduate Year 2
  • PSY3402: Research Methods and Statistics, Undergraduate Year 3
  • PSYM223: Social Psychology MSc (Conversion)



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