Université de Strasbourg


PhD student in Developmental Psychology (2019- 2021)

University of Strasbourg (Unistra)
Laboratoire de Psychologie des Cognitions (LPC), EA 4440

Email.: jhamaoui@unistra.fr
Room: 210

Research topics

-          Typical and atypical development of laterality

-          Hemispheric specialization

-          Vestibular system

-          Developmental and learning disorders

-          Graphomotor development

Research thesis

The objective of this research project is to suggest an innovative approach to learning disorders (e.g. dyslexia, developmental coordination disorder) related to the prenatal origins of laterality disorders. During this thesis, we will investigate the link between laterality disorder and vestibular disorder at the fetal stage.

This project aims at providing an early diagnosis of laterality disorders and proposing new techniques of remediation and care adapted for children.

Education and research experience

Since 2019: PhD in clinical and developmental psychology (LPC, Unistra). This project is funded by the Grand-Est region.

Title: « Typical and atypical development of laterality, cognition and school learning ».

Supervisor:  Hervé Segond, associate professor in developmental psychology at the University of Strasbourg

2017:  Masters in Neuropsychology « Psychologie des Perturbations Cognitives : clinique de l’enfant et de l’adulte », University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France        

Master’s thesis: Conducted a pilot study on the impact of physical activity on tobacco consumption and inhibition in patients suffering from psychotic disorders.

Supervisors: Dr. Fabien Giersky & Dr. Fabien Legrand, Associate Professors at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne.

2015: Bachelor in clinical psychology, Lebanese University, Lebanon

Research experience

Laboratoire de Psychologie des Cognitions, Strasbourg, France.

01/2019-Present: Early stage researcher in developmental psychology.

Institut Paul Bocuse Research Center (IPBR), Lyon, France.

02-08/2018: Research assistant in cognitive and developmental psychology.

Conducting a study to determine to which extent the degree of transformation of the food modulate inductive reasoning strategies in children from 4 to 7 years old.

Supervisors: Prof. Jean Pierre Thibaut, Professor in developmental psychology at the University of Burgundy, and Jérémie Lafraire, research group leader in cognitive sciences at the IPBR:


Peer reviewed publications

- Lafraire, J., Rioux, C., Hamaoui, J., Girgis, H., Nguyen, S., Thibaut, J.P. (under review). Food as a borderline domain of knowledge: the development of domain-specific inductive reasoning strategies in young children. Cognitive Development.


- Hamaoui, J., Minella, C., Sananes, N., Maumy-Bertrand, M., Demont, E., Rohmer, O., Segond, H. (2019a). Position fœtale et système vestibulaire : un modèle explicatif des troubles de la coordination et des apprentissages. 15èmes journées du Groupe de Réflexion en Psychopathologie Cognitive (GREPACO). Reims Champagne-Ardenne, le 6-7 Juin 2019 (Poster).

- Hamaoui, J., Minella, C., Sananes, N., Maumy-Bertrand, M., Demont, E., Rohmer, O., Segond, H. (2019b). Projet LATERALCOG: Développement normal et pathologique de la Latéralité, Cognition et Apprentissages scolaires. 60e Congrès annuel de la Société Française de Psychologie : Apprentissages, Vulnérabilités, Préventions. Poitiers, le 4 au 6 Septembre 2019 (Poster).

Teaching activities

Teaching undergraduate students at the faculty of psychology, Strasbourg, France.

  • 2019 – 2020: Child development and playing (third year)
  • 2019 – 2020: Initiation to research (third year)
  • 2019 – 2020: Child social development (joint attention) (second year)

Research activities

-          Member of the research committee of the faculty of psychology, University of Strasbourg (2019-present)

-          Member of the French Psychological Society (SFP)

Organization of scientific events:

Organization of the scientific symposium « La thymi’dité des émotions » at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (2017)