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Elena Antoniadis Ph.D

Discipline/Program
Humanities & Social Sciences
Psychology
Phone
403.314.2448
Biography

 

Dr. Elena Antoniadis holds the doctorate of Psychology from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Master’s degree in Psychology. She earned her undergraduate degree at McGill University. She has completed a post-doctoral research internship in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at the University of California (Davis). During those academic appointments, she collaborated in research studies that investigate the neural systems of emotional states and the role of affect in motivating voluntary and controlled actions as well as emotional and involuntary reflexes. This research has significant implications for survivors of trauma.

In addition to her role as an on-campus instructor at Red Deer College, she remains active in the online creation and instruction of various first and second year Psychology courses.  She has progressed and contributes as a member of the Higher Education faculty that deliver curriculum in an online format. Her teaching methodologies provide learners with a variety of ways to engage with the course content, while offering adaptive, action-based, and personalized learning pathways that are custom-designed to the needs of individual learners.

She has presented her research titled: “Level Up: The Effects of Gaming Assignments on Academic Performance” (Antoniadis, 2018; 2020) at various symposiums and conferences. This ongoing research investigates the effects of adaptive technology inherent to publisher-based digitalized resources on student engagement and academic success. This research has been supported by RDC - funding in the form of an Extended Funding Grant (2019).

She conducts research studies on the causal effect of restorative wellness practices on physical and mental health in student populations. As a selected member on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Sport Development Centre (ASDC) she contributes to a community and team-based system that supports wellness and development in emerging athletes and coaches.

 

Education

Ph.D. Psychology/Behavioural Neuroscience: University of Toronto
M.A.  Psychology: University of Toronto
B.A.   Psychology: McGill University

Main Areas of Teaching

Neurobiology of Emotion, Brain Systems and Behaviour; Human Relationships; Introductory Psychology.

Scholarly Activity

Selected Publications:
PUBLICATIONS: REFEREED JOURNALS

  1. Antoniadis, E.A., Winslow, J.T., Davis, M., Amaral, D.G. (2009). The non-human primate amygdala is necessary for the acquisition but not the retention of fear-potentiated startle. Biological Psychiatry, 65(3): 241-248.
  2. Davis, M., Antoniadis, E.A., Amaral, D.G., Winslow, J.T. (2008). Acoustic startle reflex in rhesus monkeys: A review. Reviews in the Neurosciences, 19 (2-3): 171-185.
  3. Antoniadis, E.A., Winslow, J.T., Davis, M., Amaral, D.G. (2007) Role of the primate amygdala in fear-potentiated startle: Effects of chronic lesions in the rhesus monkey. Journal of Neuroscience, 27 (28): 7386-7396.
  4. Antoniadis, E.A., McDonald, R.J. (2006) Fornix, medial prefrontal cortex, nucleus accumbens, and mediodorsal thalamic nucleus: Roles in a fear-based context discrimination task. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 85(1), 71-85.
  5. Jones J.E., Antoniadis, E.A., Shettleworth, S.J., Kamil, S.J.  (2002) A comparative study of geometric rule learning by nutcrackers (Nucifraga Columbiana), pigeons (Columba, livia), and jackdaws (Corvus monedula). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 116 (4), 350-356.
  6. Devan, B.D., Goad, E.H., Petri, H.L., Antoniadis, E.A., Hong, N.S., Ko, C.H., Leblanc, L., Lebovic, S.S., Lo, Q., Ralph, M.R., and McDonald, R.J. (2001) Circadian phase-shifted rats show normal acquisition but impaired long- term retention of place information in the water task. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 75(1), 51-62.
  7. Antoniadis, E.A., McDonald, R.J. (2001) Amygdala, hippocampus and unconditioned fear. Experimental Brain Research, 138(2), 200-209.
  8. Antoniadis, E.A., Ko, C.H., Ralph, M.R., and McDonald, R.J. (2000) Circadian rhythms, aging and memory. Behavioural Brain Research, 114(1-2), 221-233.
  9. Antoniadis, E.A., McDonald, R.J. (2000) Amygdala, hippocampus and discriminative fear conditioning to context. Behavioural Brain Research, 2000, 108 (1), 1-19.
  10. Antoniadis, E.A., McDonald, R.J. (1999) Discriminative fear conditioning to context expressed by multiple measures of fear in the rat. Behavioural Brain Research, 101(1), 1-13

Book:
Memory, Neuropharmacological, Imaging and Psychopharmacological Perspectives by Gerard Emilien, Cécile Durlach, Elena Antoniadis, Martial Van der Linden, and Jean-Marie Maloteaux Publisher: Routledge Taylor and Francis Group/Psychology Press, 2004.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS:
Antoniadis, E.A. (2020, July 6-August 28 2020) Level Up: The Effects of Gaming Assignments on Academic Performance. [12-minute talk]. 81st Canadian Psychological Association Annual National Convention, Virtual/Online Series.
Antoniadis, E.A. (2018, May) Level Up: The Effects of Gaming Assignments on Academic Performance. Poster presented at the Excellence in Teaching and Learning Capstone Reveal Event of Red Deer College, Red Deer, Alberta.
Antoniadis, E.A. (2018, May) Level Up: The Effects of Gaming Assignments on Academic Performance. Speaker at Online Learning 2018, Toronto, Ontario. 
Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL): Fall Showcase Presentation: “Online course development: Lessons and Impact” November 2016
Red Deer Public School District (RDPSD) Executive Board Presentation on Sport-Related Closed Head Trauma  February 10, 2015
Lindsay Thurber High School Information Session on Sport-Related Closed Head Trauma January 29, 2014
Safe Communities Coalition of Central Alberta/Executive Board Presentation on Sport-Related Closed Head Trauma December 10, 2014
Red Deer College Science Camps Presentation on sport-related Closed Head Trauma August 14, 2014)
Alberta Sport Development Centre (ASDC) Information Session on Sport-Related Closed-Head Injury (CHI) April 29, 2014
Hunting Hills High School:  Hosted the RDC “student for a day” for students visiting from Hunting Hills High-School.  Presentation: “The neurobiology of fear and anxiety” (June 2011 - 2013).
Hunting Hills High School - Presentation: “The neurobiology of fear and anxiety” (March 25, 2010)
Gonzaga University, Master of Educational Counselling group The brain: Description of systems and neurotransmitters (November 22, 2009; Satellite program in Lacombe, Alberta).
University of Toronto, Department of Psychology (Seminar)Role of the Primate Amygdala in Fear-Potentiated Startle (May 29, 2008; Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

FELLOWSHIPS AND RESEARCH AWARDS:
Red Deer College Extended Funding, May 2016  Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto (June 3-30, 2016) Dr. Yeomans' laboratory - studies on the role of oxytocin in emotional memories.
Red Deer College Extended Funding, May 2016  Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto (July 1- August 10, 2016) Dr. Ralph’s laboratory - studies on role of circadian rhythms in learning and memory.
2015 Red Deer College Recognition of Scholarly Activity Award: “Applied Research Project on Sport Related Closed Head Injuries.”
2014 Red Deer College Extended Funding Research Grant, October 2014
2011 Red Deer College Extended Funding Research Grant, October 2011
2010 Red Deer College Special Project Research Grant, October 2010
2008 Red Deer College Travel Grant, November 2008 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral Research Internship Graduate Open Scholarship, University of Toronto,
Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Certificate of Academic Excellence in recognition of doctorate thesis McGill University, Distinction Award at B.A. graduation.