- Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Science, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, 1997
- Master of Science in Engineering, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, 1995.
- Master of Science in Cognitive Science, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, 1993.
- University degree, Department of Physics, University of Patras, Greece, 1991.
- Professor, Department of Special Needs Education, University of Oslo, since August 2016.
- Associate Professor of Cognitive Science, Department of Philosophy and History of Science, University of Athens, Greece, June 2010–July 2016.
- Principal Researcher, Institute for Language & Speech Processing. September 2000–June 2010.
- Visiting research scholar, Department of Cognitive & Neural Systems, Boston University. May–July 2005.
- Visiting research scholar, LRDC, Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh. February–April 2005.
- Software development consultant, Neuroscience Solutions Corporation (now PositScience corporation; San Francisco, California, USA). January–July 2004.
- Postdoctoral fellow, Institute for Language & Speech Processing. February 1999–August 2000.
- Research consultant, Scientific Learning Corporation (Berkeley, California, USA). January–December 1999.
- Operations Manager, Scientific Learning Corporation, May 1997–March 1998.
- Research scientist, Scientific Learning Corporation, July 1996–December 1998.
- SPED4400 lectures on reading and dyslexia
- SNE4230 and SPED4010 lectures on statistics
- UV9323 doctoral seminar on learning and memory systems
- Previously I have taught undergraduate and graduate courses in cognitive science, cognitive psychology, phonetics, and cognitive neuroscience at the undergraduate and graduate level since 1999 in Greek Universities (see http://users.uoa.gr/~aprotopapas/CV/Protopapas-CV-EN.html).
Current research interests
I am primarily interested in understanding the development and cognitive mechanisms of word reading fluency, focusing on topics such as:
- rapid serial naming tasks as models of fluency
- implicit orthographic learning and visual word recognition
- cognitive skills specifically underlying fluent reading
- simultaneous cascaded processing of multiple elements in reading words and lists
- the eye-voice span and other eye-tracking measures as indexes of fluency
- lexical, sublexical, and practice effects on visual word recognition and lexical access
- relationships of word reading fluency with decoding and text comprehension
I am also interested in methodological issues including experimental design in behavioral, neuroimaging, and eye-tracking studies, statistical modeling and data analysis, measurement, and psychoeducational assessment, including psychometrics and computerized testing.
- Current member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (since 2005; voting member since 2007; board member 2011–2013) and Fellow of the Psychonomic Society (since 2018)
- Previously member of the American Psychological Association (1998–2018), and the Cognitive Science Society (1998–2018).
- Associate Editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance (since 2019) and PLOS One (since 2019).
- Member of the editorial board of Scientific Studies of Reading (since 2010) and Reading &Writing (since 2013).