Dr Fiorentina Sterkaj
Director of Education and Experience
Cognitive and Neuroscience & Drugs and Addictive Behaviours
University of East London
London, E15 4LZ
Dr Fiorentina Sterkaj joined UEL in October 2019 with
extensive experience in teaching at higher education, 7 years at University of Suffolk
and 5 years at University of Westminster. Fiorentina is Senior Fellow of the
Higher Education Academy and a chartered Psychologist with the British
Psychological Society. Student centred learning and positive student experience
is at the core of her practice with an ethos to ‘encourage and empower’
students to succeed.
In her previous role, Fiorentina founded and directed the Suffolk Psychology Society, was a member of School Leadership Executive as the Learning and Teaching Lead, playing a pivotal role in the management of the School and contributing to the wider University leadership team. Fiorentina was also an admissions tutor, sat on the extenuating circumstance panel and led the School entertainment committee.
At UEL, Fiorentina teaches on Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes whilst acting as Director of Education and Experience alongside Ian Wells, contributing to the School Management Team in ensuring the smooth running of learning and teaching and overall student experience.
Fiorentina’s area of expertise is in Biological and Cognitive Psychology with a focus on Mental Health and clinical disorders. Fiorentina’s research explores memory and neuropsychological functioning of individuals with depression and those with schizophrenia, aiming to enhance the knowledge of how different memory mechanisms could be underpinning these disorders.
Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
Doctor of Philosophy – ‘‘Retrieval Induced Forgetting in Depression and Schizophrenia: Role of Mood and The Cholinergic System’’
PGCHE (Post Graduate Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education) – Theory and Practice of Teaching and Learning & Facilitating Student Learning
BSc Honours Psychology
Most recent research
Retrieval-induced forgetting in major depression: relationship with executive function, ruminating and smoking status.
Pedagogical research with a focus on making a difference to
student learning and improving student experience in HE
Problem based learning and student engagement
Improving mood and student wellbeing and reducing study related stress
Mental Health and Well-being, Mindfulness, Memory and Forgetting with a particular focus on Retrieval Induced Forgetting and Mood. Cognitive neuropsychology and psychopharmacology of memory in clinical populations: executive functioning, cognitive deficits associated with depression and schizophrenia.