Focusing on the interdisciplinary crossroads of Music Pediatrics and Music Psychology, I am interested to understand how the brain develops in the first 1500 days of life. To achieve my goal, I am using neuroimaging (qEEG-ABR-aEEG), behavioral and observational methods. I have been extensively trained and worked in many high profile institutions, including Harvard University (PostDoc in the Mind, Brain and Education program and the Athinoula Martinos Centre for Biomedical Imaging), the University of East Anglia (PhD in Music Psychology), the UCL, University of London, as well as the International Brain Research Organisation (PostDoc training in applied neuroscience and neuroimaging). I have experience in industry across Europe, the USA and the Middle East, while I extensively publish in and review research for major journals in the filed. I am a member of the International Congress of Infant Studies (ICIS), the Fetal Infant and Toddler Neuroimaging Group (FIT'NG), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), UK, and I hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the National College for Teaching and Leadership, UK, and the Ministry of Education, Greece (QTS). Finally, I am a board member of the Bright Start Foundation for Maternal and Child Health in Switzerland, and an Associate Editor of the Frontiers in Pediatric Psychology Journal.
Fields of study
Neuroscience Music Infant Development Electroencephalography Auditory Brainstem Response Educational Habilitation
Publications and research
Papatzikis, Efthymios; Agapaki, Maria; Selvan, Rosari; Pandey, Varun; Zeba, Fathima
Quality standards and recommendations for research in music and neuroplasticity.
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Kabene, Stefane M.; Balkir Neftci, Nazli; Papatzikis, Efthymios (2022). Dissociative Identity Disorder and the Law: Guilty or Not Guilty?. Frontiers in Psychology . Vol. 13.
Swanick, Rachel; Papatzikis, Efthymios
Achieving Behavioural Advancement through the Dynamic Maturation Model and the Assessment of Parent–Child Interactions in a Music Therapy Context.
Agapaki, Maria; Pinkerton, Elizabeth; Papatzikis, Efthymios
Music and neuroscience research for mental health, cognition, and development: Ways forward.
Frontiers in Psychology
An International Discourse on ‘Music and Medicine’.
Music and Medicine
Papatzikis, Efthymios; Rishoni, Hadas (2022). What is music for neuroplasticity? Combined value on infant development and inclusion. Efstratopoulou, Maria (Ed.). Rethinking Inclusion and Transformation in Special Education. Chapter 10. IGI Global.
Chatzikostopoulos, A; Moraitou, D; Tsolaki, Magdalini; Masoura, E.; Papantoniou, Georgia; Sofologi, Maria; Papaliagkas, V; Kougioumtzis, Georgios A.; Papatzikis, Efthymios
Episodic Memory in Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment (aMCI) and Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia (ADD): Using the “Doors and People” Tool to Differentiate between Early aMCI—Late aMCI—Mild ADD Diagnostic Groups.
Sofologi, Maria; Papatzikis, Efthymios; Kougioumtzis, Georgios A.; Kosmidou, Elina; Klitsioti, Asimenia; Droutme, Andreani; Sourbi, Aggeliki-Anna; Chrisostomou, Dimitra; Efstratopoulou, Maria
Effectiveness of Musical Training on Reading Comprehension in Elementary School Children. Is There an Associative Cognitive Benefit?.
Frontiers in Psychology
Sofologi, Maria; Pliogou, Vassiliki; Bonti, Eleni; Efstratopoulou, Maria; Kougioumtzis, Georgios A.; Papatzikis, Efthymios; Ntritsos, Georgios; Moraitou, Despina; Papantoniou, Georgia (2022). An Investigation of Working Memory Profile and Fluid Intelligence in Children With Neurodevelopmental Difficulties. Frontiers in Psychology . Vol. 12.
Papatzikis, Efthymios; Elhalik, Mahmoud; Inocencio, Shannaiah; Agapaki, Maria; Selvan, Rosari; Muhammed, Faseela; Haroon, Nazreen; Dash, Swarup; Sofologi, Maria; Bezoni, Antonia
Key Challenges and Future Directions When Running Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Research Protocols with Newborns: A Music and Language EEG Feasibility Study.
Papatzikis, Efthymios; Jancke, Artur; Petra, Hüppi (2022). Music and Brain Studies in Newborns: an fMRI, NIRS and EEG-ABR multimodal discussion. International Association for Music and Medicine International Conference 2022.
Agapaki, Maria; Papatzikis, Efthymios; Selvan, Rosari; Pandey, Varun; Zeba, Fathima (2022). Future directions in Neuroplasticity and Music Research. Society of Applied Neuroscience 2022 Conference.
Papatzikis, Efthymios (2019). A Foreword for the 27th International Society for Music Education Research Commission Seminar. ISBN: 9780648121954. 228 p.
Papatzikis, Efthymios (2018). What is Neuropsychology. Lambert, Louise; Pasha-Zaidi, Nina (Ed.). An introduction to psychology for the Middle East (and beyond). Chapter 5. Cambridge Academic.