Alexandra Bacopoulos-Viau is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. She holds a first-class honours degree in Psychology and French from McGill University and an M.Phil. with distinction from Cambridge, where her dissertation compared representations of hysteria in nineteenth-century French medical and literary texts. Her Ph.D. continues to explore the history of the 'psy disciplines' in their wider socio-cultural context, with an emphasis on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She also currently supervises undergraduate students.
Alexandra has achieved a number of awards and distinctions from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the George and Marie Vergottis Fund (Cambridge), the Raymond and Edith Williamson Fund (Cambridge), Harvard University's Houghton Library Short-Term Visiting Fellowships, the National Bank of Greece in Canada and the Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network. She has volunteered at Stop AIDS UK, Suicide Action Montréal, UNESCO (Paris), and has taught French and Greek to children and adults.
Alexandra worked in the Psychometric Centre on questionnaire translation that focuses on personality tests associated with borderline personality disorder. These tests are particularly popular in France and are of increasing interest to the English-speaking testing market.