Dr Panagiotis Kourtesis (PhD, MSc, BSc)

Visitor Academic


I am a versatile academic with a diverse skillset. I have acquired clinical experience as a psychologist and neuropsychologist in communities, care units, and hospitals. I have also gained experience in and developed a profound understanding of univariate, multivariate, and Bayesian statistical analyses and modelling. Furthermore, I have taught psychological, statistical, and software development modules, as well as, I have mentored postgraduate and doctoral students either as an internal or external supervisor. I have been awarded EU funding for my research activities, and I have experience in writing proposals and reports (e.g., milestones and deliverables), and managing project activities (e.g., work packages). Finally, I have attained robust virtual reality software development skills and a rich portfolio of VR applications.

Interests: Immersive Technologies (VR & XR), Neuropsychological Testing, Human-Computer Interaction (Cognition, Perception, & Motor Skills), Cognitive Neuroscience, Frontal Lobe Functions, and Ergonomics.

Skills: Data Science (Statistical Analysis and Modelling in R), Software Development in Unity3D, User Experience (UX) & User-Interface (UI) design & evaluation, Project Management, Technology/Product Development, Mentoring, Biometrics (Eye-Tracking, EEG, GSR), Research Design, and Programming (C# and Python).


PhD in Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh

MSc in Human Cognitive Neuropsychology, University of Edinburgh

BSc in Psychology, State University of New York

Responsibilities & affiliations

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Psychology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Researcher, Athena Research and Innovation Centre

Visitor Academic, Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Current PhD students supervised

Rea Michalopoulou

Current research interests

My research interests revolve around cognitive ageing, neurodegenerative diseases, frontal lobe cognitive functions, neuropsychological assessment, human-computer interaction, human perception, and virtual reality.

Kourtesis, P., Christidi, F., Margioti, E., Demenega, C., Rentzos, M., Evdokimidis, I., & Abrahams, S. (2020). The Edinburgh cognitive and behavioral amyotrophic lateral sclerosis screen (ECAS): Sensitivity in differentiating between ALS and Alzheimer's disease in a Greek population. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration, 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1080/21678421.2019.1655059 

Kourtesis, P., Margioti, E., Demenega, C., Christidi, F., & Abrahams, S. (2020). A comparison of the Greek ACE-III, M-ACE, ACE-R, MMSE and ECAS in the assessment and identification of Alzheimer's Disease. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1355617720000314 

Kourtesis, P., Collina, S., Doumas, LAA, & MacPherson, SE (2020). Validation of the Virtual Reality Everyday Assessment Lab (VR-EAL): an immersive virtual reality neuropsychological battery with enhanced ecological validity. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1355617720000764 

Kourtesis, P. & MacPherson, SE (2021). An ecologically valid examination of event-based and time-based prospective memory using immersive virtual reality: the facilitation of real-world prospective memory by attention, memory, and executive function processes. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 1-26 https://doi.org/10.1080/09602011.2021.2008983 

Kourtesis, P. & MacPherson, SE (2021). How immersive virtual reality methods may meet the criteria of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology: A software review of the Virtual Reality Everyday Assessment Lab (VR-EAL). Computers in Human Behavior Reports, 4, 100-151 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chbr.2021.100151 

Kourtesis, P., Pacchierotti, C., Vizcay, S., Marchal, M., & Argelaguet, F. (2022). Action-Specific Perception & Performance on a Fitts's Law Task in Virtual Reality: The Role of Haptic Feedback. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TVCG.2022.3203003 


A full list of publications can be found here .