Dr. Elena Antoniadis earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology at McGill University. She completed a master's degree in Psychobiology and a joint doctorate degree in psychology and neuroscience at the University of Toronto. Elena Antoniadis, Ph.D., was the recipient of a Certificate of Excellence from the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) in recognition of her doctorate thesis on the neurobiology of fear and anxiety. She completed a post-doctoral research internship in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at the University of California, Davis with the support of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) fellowship. During this time, she investigated the neural systems of emotional states and the role of affect in motivating voluntary and controlled actions as well as emotional and involuntary reflexes. This research has significant implications for survivors of trauma. Since coming to Alberta, Dr. Antoniadis has developed a collaborative research project for Red Deer College students on closed head trauma in sports. This project helps local athletes and the organizations that support them diagnose concussions and learn about the real and potential damage to the brain when concussions are not effectively diagnosed. For her applied research program project "Sport Related Closed Head Injury" she has been honoured with three Special Project Grants from Red Deer College and a Recognition of Scholarly Activity Award.