Chercheur qualifié FNRS & Fonds assoc.

Consciousness-Physiology of Cognition

ULiège address
Bât. B34 Consciousness-Physiology of Cognition
Quartier Hôpital
avenue de l'Hôpital 11
4000 Liège
Niveau +1, local 1/29C
ULiège phone number
+32 4 3663470
Conseil sectoriel à la recherche et à la valorisation
Sciences de la Santé
University degrees
2012: PhD Medical Sciences (Université de Liège, Belgium)
University degrees
2007: MSc Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuropsychology and Psychopathology (Maastricht University, The Netherlands)
University degrees
2005: "Ptychio" Psychology (4-year undergraduate studies) (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)


Athena is a tenured researcher (FNRS Research Associate) at the ULiege. Her expertise is in cognitive and clinical neuroscience. Her research contributes to the knowledge about the human mind, even when this cannot be communicated overtly, like in anaesthetisia or in comatose states.

She is the head the Physiology of Cognition Lab. With her team, they investigate brain-body interactions as as a proxy to human sentience in health and disease by means of high- and low-tech methodologies. She has conducted behavioral and neuroimaging studies in physiological (hypnosis), pathological (brain injury) and pharmacological (anesthesia) conditions. Using artificial intelligence she has determined neuromarkers of conscious states, and contributed critically to invididualized patient care. Her work has been published in high-impact journals, such as Science Advances, Brain, Curr Opin Neurobiol, Lancet Neurol, and J Cogn Neurosci. As this type of research touches upon philosophical and ethical issues, the entailing socio-ethical implications interest her deeply.

Athena holds a PhD in Medical Sciences (University of Liège, Belgium). She had been trained as a psychologist (BS, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece), with specialization in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology (MSc, Maastricht University, The Netherlands).

She is currently a mentor of two PhD early stage researchers. She has also supervised two MSc theses and assisted numerous PhD works as member of thesis commitee and PhD examination jury. As mentoring training, she participated in the ARD ULiège Professional Skills for Research Leaders program (2018-2019). Currently, she is trained as a Gestalt psychotherapist.

Find her publications here (PubMed) & her reviews here (Publons)

GIGA Institute | GIGA Consciousness | Physiology of Cognition Lab
Avenue de l'Hôpital, 11 
4000 Sart Tilman 
University of Liège BELGIUM 
Office: +32 (0)4 366 34 70
Mob:   +32 (0)4 68 36 45 61 
Psychology and Neuroscience of Cognition (PsyNCog)
Faculty of Psychology, Logopedics and Educational Sciences
Place des Orateurs, 1 (B33)
4000 Sart Tilman 
University of Liège BELGIUM 

Research field

  • Neurosciences cognitives
  • Sciences cognitives
  • Imagerie médicale, radiologie, tomographie
  • Phénoménologie
  • Émotion et cognition
  • Neurologie
  • Physiologie générale

Duties or mandates

  • FNRS Research Associate