Timothea Toulopoulou

Visiting Associate Professor, Chair

TimotheaToulopoulou Office: H-353

Phone: +90 312 2903415

E-mail: ttoulopoulou@bilkent.edu.tr


Dr. Timothea Toulopoulou was awarded the Chair of the Psychology Department at Bilkent University in September 2015.

Dr. Toulopoulou earned her Ph.D., under the supervision of Prof Sir Robin Murray and Prof Robin Morris, at the University of London in 2001.  She completed most of her postgraduate training, and her early working career at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, UK. In 2005 she received a two-year Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance of Research on Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders, USA, that she completed at Harvard Medical School, USA, and in 2011 she was awarded a one-year fellowship from the Chinese Academy of Sciences that she completed at the Institute of Psychology, Beijing, China. Dr. Toulopoulou was the lead scientist for the Genes and Cognition work package of the European Community’s 6th Framework Program, and was a partner in the European Community’s 7th Framework Program. She held grants or subcontracts from the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), Research Grants Council (HK), and the National Institutes of Health (USA). She reviews regularly for numerous journals and is a consulting editor for ‘Clinical Psychological Science’. She also serves as a fellowship and grant reviewer for the Medical Research Council (MRC), UK and Wellcome Trust, UK among others. Finally, she was a panel member for the European Research Council’s (ERC) Advanced research grants and a Deputy Panel Chair for ERC’s Consolidator research grants.


The work of her lab focuses on understanding the cognitive, neurobiological, and genetic mechanisms that influence an individual’s susceptibility to develop schizophrenia.

Dr. Toulopoulou is pleased to consider applications from talented prospective PhD students and postdocs.


  • PhD University of London 2001

Representative Papers:


  1. Toulopoulou, T., van Haren , N., Zhang, X., Sham, P.C., Cherny, S.S., Campbell, D.D., Picchioni, M., Murray, R., Boomsma, D.I., Pol, H.H., Brouwer, R., Schnack, H., Fañanås, L., Sauer, H., Nenadic, I., Weisbrod, M., Cannon, T.D., Kahn, R.S. (2015) Reciprocal causation models of cognitive vs volumetric cerebral intermediate phenotypes for schizophrenia in a pan-European twin cohort. Molecular Psychiatry 20 (11)   Pages: 1386-1396.
  2. Owens, S. F., Picchioni, M. M., Ettinger, U. McDonald, C., Walshe, M., Schmechtig, A., Murray, R. M., Rijsdijk, F., Toulopoulou, T. (2012). Prefrontal deviations in function but not volume are putative endophenotypes for schizophrenia. Brain 135 (7), 2231-2244.
  3. Toulopoulou, T., Goldberg, T. E., Mesa, I. R., Picchioni, M., Rijsdijk, F., Stahl, D., .. Murray, R. M. (2010). Impaired Intellect and Memory A Missing Link Between Genetic Risk and Schizophrenia? Archives of General Psychiatry, 67(9), 905-913.
  4. Toulopoulou, T., Picchioni, M., Rijsdijk, F., Hua-Hall, M., Ettinger, U., Sham, P., & Murray, R. (2007). Substantial genetic overlap between neurocognition and schizophrenia – Genetic modeling in twin samples. Archives of General Psychiatry, 64(12), 1348-1355.
  5. Toulopoulou, T., Grech, A., Morris, R. G., Schulze, K., McDonald, C., Chapple, B., . .Murray, R. M. (2004). The relationship between volumetric brain changes and cognitive function: A family study on schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry, 56(6), 447-453.



Picchioni M, Toulopoulou T. (2012) Genetic Determinants of the Vulnerability to Psychosis: Findings from Twin Studies. In “Maudsley Series: Vulnerability to Psychosis: from Neurosciences to Psychopathology” Ed: Paolo Fusar-Poli, Stefan Borgwardt and Philip McGuire, Psychology Press, London, UK.  

 Toulopoulou T, Mapua-Filbey F, Kravariti E. (2008) Neuropsychological impairments in patients with schizophrenia and their unaffected relatives. In “Maudsley Monographs: The Maudsley Family Study of Psychosis – a quest for intermediate phenotypes” Ed: Colm McDonald Routledge, London, UK.

Chan RCK, Toulopoulou T. (2006) Fractionation of executive function in schizophrenia: relationships to clinical and neurological manifestations. In “Schizophrenic psychology – New research” Ed: Douglas P French Nova Science Publishers, Inc. Hauppauge, New York, USA.