Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and Psychotherapy

Ece Aleyna Demirgüneş

Graduate Student
Tel.: 0202-439 5503
Room: RG3.03.024

I am a Ph.D. candidate interested in intergroup relations and social identity theory. My specific focus revolves around examining how minority groups manage and adapt to their identities, and the subsequent impact on their self-perception and mental well-being.  To unravel these questions, I use a wide array of methods, including experiments and qualitative research, to attain a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of individual experiences. For my Ph.D. project, I am researching daily racial discrimination and its effects on youths’ mental health, under the supervision of Prof. Baumert and Prof. Kaurin.

Academic Background

10/2021-07/2023 M.Sc. Clinical, Social, and Intercultural Psychology, University of Padua, Italy
03/2021-07/2021 Student Research Assistant, Yasar University, Turkey
09/2016-07/2021 B.A. Psychology, Yasar University, Turkey
09/2018-02/2019 Erasmus Exchange, Psychology, University of Seville, Spain

Conference Presentations

Candan Simsek, A., Demirgunes, E. A., Safak, P. S., & Aydın, T. Spatial Cognition in Dynamic Visual Scenes: Perceptual Load Aids Memory When Spatial Relations Are Violated. Paper presentation at European Congress of Psychology, 2023, July, Brighton.

Koc, Y., Tezel, T., Safak. P. S., Demirgunes, E. A., Okcuoglu, G., Sengul, D., & Anderson, J. #MyWhitePrivilege: Using Twitter and Experimental Data to Measure Reactions to Privilege Experiences. Blitz talk at Annual Meeting of International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), 2021, July, Virtual.


Candan Simsek, A., Aydın, T., Demirgunes, E. A., & Safak, P. S. Beyond the Screen: How Perceptual Load Affects Spatial Judgments. Under review in Art & Perception.

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