After obtaining her bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and her master’s degree from the Teachers College of Columbia University, Carly Demopoulos chose to attend IIT College of Psychology for the opportunity to work with Associate Professor Joyce Hopkins. Former co-director of the Parent-Infant Development Service at U of C and past-president of the Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health, Hopkins is considered to be a great mentor and well-regarded authority in the socio-emotional development of high-risk infants and the relationship between maternal psychopathology and infant development. Demopoulos has been collecting research data for Hopkins, who also serves as her advisor.
Demopoulos has also been involved in several other psychology projects. She has participated in the testing of gifted children in the Chicago Public Schools through a contract program with the College of Psychology’s Center for Research and Service. As part of a therapy practicum, Demopoulos has worked at a local hospital with veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan.
At her current clinical externship, Demopoulos is providing therapy and consultation services in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. She completed an externship at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Neuropsychiatric Institute, where she gained experience in the assessment of children with a wide range of neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders. Demopoulos is a member of a research team at the Alexian Brothers Center for Brain Research that uses magnetoencephalography to examine the relationship between the brain’s processing of sound and language ability in children with autism spectrum disorders.
“I’m particularly interested in the impact of auditory sensory dysfunction on the social functioning of children with autism,” says Demopoulos, “and am hoping to combine a career in research and teaching upon graduation.” She has already enjoyed teaching psychology and child development courses at Elmhurst College and IIT.