Skip to main content Deutsch


Johanna Alexopoulos
Mag. Dr. Johanna Alexopoulos

Department of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
Position: Research Associate (Postdoc)

ORCID: 0000-0003-3200-6813
T +43 1 40400 30680

Further Information


Attachment representation; Language Development; Neurosciences; Psychoanalysis

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

functional Near-infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS):

 fNIRS is a non-invasive and safe method used to measure brain activity through the intact skull. fNIRS measures blood oxygenation level changes directly and it can determine concentration changes of both, oxy-hemoglobin and deoxy-hemoglobin, with high temporal resolution.

Structured Interview of Personality Organisation (STIPO):

The STIPO is a semi-structured interview that yields a dimensional assessment of the domains of functioning central to Kernberg's theory of personality organization.

Adult attachment Interview (AAI)


Selected publications

  1. Alexopoulos, J. et al. (2022) ‘Sex differences in neural processing of speech in neonates’, Cortex, 157, pp. 117–128. Available at:
  2. Alexopoulos, J. et al. (2021) ‘The duration of intrauterine development influences discrimination of speech prosody in infants’, Developmental Science, 24(5). Available at:
  3. Bartha-Doering, L. et al. (2019) ‘Absence of neural speech discrimination in preterm infants at term-equivalent age’, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 39, p. 100679. Available at:
  4. Tmej, A. et al. (2018) ‘Changes in Attachment Representation in Psychotherapy: Is Reflective Functioning the Crucial Factor?’, Zeitschrift für Psychosomatische Medizin und Psychotherapie, 64(3), pp. 222–236. Available at:
  5. Giordano, V. et al. (2021) ‘Accent discrimination abilities during the first days of life: An fNIRS study’, Brain and Language, 223, p. 105039. Available at: