Despina Papadopoulou studied Linguistics at the University of Athens (BA 1990) and did her postgraduate studies in Applied Linguistics and Psycholinguistics/Neurolinguistics (MA, University of Athens (1996) “Teaching of Greek as second / foreign language”; MA, University of Essex (1997) “Language Acquisition”). She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Essex (2002) in the field of Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics; more specifically she explored the sentence processing routines in the first and the second language. She has taught at the Universities of Essex (1998-2001), Crete (2002-2004), Aegean (2004-2005) and Thessaloniki (2003-2007) και at the Universities of Venice and Geneva with the Erasmus programme. She has been invited to give lectures at the Universities of Athens, Crete, Cologne, at the Max-Planck Institute(Nijmegen) and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS). Since 2007 she is Assistant Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her research interests lie in the areas of language processing, language acquisition, language disorders, second language learning and teaching. She was the Principal Investigator of the project “Language production in Greek. Thematic roles and word order” (Research grant from the Research Committee of A.U.Th. 2011) and of the Action “Educational Support of Reception Classes” [Project: Education of foreign and repatriated pupils (ΕΣΠΑ 2007-2013)]. She has worked as a senior researcher at the following research programmes: “Pythagoras: Comparative analysis of Turkish and Greek and the learning of Turkish as a foreign language” (University of the Aegean), “IKYDA: Grammatical feature in Bilingualism and SLI” (A.U.Th. & University of Hamburg), “PENED: Sentence comprehension in Greek: a comparative study of on-line experiments and corpora” (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) and “Thalis: Bilingual Acquisition & Bilingual Education: The development of linguistic & cognitive abilities in different types of bilingualism” (A.U.Th.). She is a member of the editorial board of EUROSLA Yearbook and reviewer for journals such as Lingua, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, Applied Psycholinguistics, Language Learning, International review of Applied Linguistics a.o. She has written the books Crosslinguistic variation in sentence processing: Evidence from relative clause attachment ambiguities (Amsterdam: Springer 2006) and Exploring sentence processing: the case of Greek (Thessaloniki: Ostracon Publishing 2015) as well as many papers on language processing, language acquisition, language disorders and second language learning and teaching.