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Dr Georgia Pavlopoulou
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  • Lecturer of Educational Psychology and Counselling
  • IOE - Psychology & Human Development
  • UCL Institute of Education

I have been awarded with a PhD from UCL in 2019, examining the relationships of autistic and non-autistic siblings , and then went on to a post-doc at UCL looking at personalised care in sleep management and anxiety with autistic adolescents and sleep research priorities of autistic adults. I  am committed to creative participatory health and educational research, co-producing work with community members, alongside valuing public engagement and outreach work to ensure that research has impact beyond academia. I am comfortable using a combination of behavioural, phenomenological and community based participatory techniques together with a developmental approach. 

In 2021, I received a UCL Early Career Award to coproduce with mental health clinicians and autistic young people digital material. 

I have been working in education and health settings for 19 years with autistic people and their family members and have experienced the opportunities and challenges involving them to be in the centre of clinical and educational decision making. I have worked as Head of school teams in SEND school settings and the international SEND consultancy school business sector at managerial level as accredited educational and clinical autism consultant. I have also served as Scientific Director NHS Mental Health sector in Greece specialised in school aged children and young people with atypical development and behaviours of concern and their families.

I am involved in post-diagnostic support programmes for autistic people and their families offering consultation and training services in two prestigious clinics in Central London. I am also working towards my UKCP accreditation as relational psychotherapist with a focus on person centred and existential approaches. 

I have been leading national and international Short Courses for mental health practitioners who work in educational and NHS systems with YP with atypical development, funded by Health England Education. I have been nominated for the David Cottrell ‘Education of CAMH Professionals’ 2020 Award for outstanding contribution to the education/training of child and adolescent mental health professionals. 

Research Summary

Founder of the Group for Research in Relationships And NeuroDiversity- GRRAND


Research Activities:

I have been involved in funded projects by Autistica (CI), BERA (CI),  UCL Train and Engage (PI), UCL ChangeMakers (PI), The John and Lorna Wing Foundation (PI), Higher Education Innovation Knowledge Exchange (CI) and UCL Culture (PI).

Between September 2021-2025 I will be working as Senior Research Associate/Co-investigator for our MRC/AHRC/ESRC Adolescence, Mental Health and the Developing Mind recent grant. This 4 years project aims to develop new ways to reduce depression risk in young ADHDers- autistic people  by adapting and integrating existing interventions in the school environment. 

I have developed academic, NHS and third sector collaborations both nationally and internationally.   I am passionate about working with marginalized groups, service users, scholar activists and Trusts to facilitate service transformation and advance mental health practice through better cross agency collaboration, translational research and better service user participation.

Research Impact: 

During the pandemic I  co-authored reports which have been cited multiple times by Policy Innovation and Evaluation Research Unit (PIRU), commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) which informed government's new autism strategy 2021-2026.

Research supervision:

Family mental health

School mental health

Relationships and Neurodiversity

Autism, ADHD, Leaning Disabilities,Syndromes

Adolescents' mental health (low mood, anxiety)

LGBTQ+ mental health and access to psychological services

Black/Asian families' mental health and  access to psychological and educational services

SEND educational and psychological evidence-based support

Adolescents' self-care strategies

Sexuality/sex education and learning disabilities

Applications of counselling

Teaching Summary

I have been nominated the past 3 years for my UCL IOE and PALS teaching service for the following Student Choice Awards: Diverse & Inclusive Education; Inspiring Teaching Delivery; Outstanding Research Supervision. I have supervised Msc/MA Dissertations for 5 years and have successfully mentored students to present paper at International conferences around Europe and in the US. 
Current teaching: 
  • Module Leader; Psychological Aspects of Counselling,  
  • Module Leader: Mental Health in ASC/LD: Theory and Assessment 
  • Module Leader: Mental Health in ASC/LD: Evidence based interventions and support
  • Short Course Leader: Improving Access in Mental Health services (anxiety, depression, behaviours of concern, trauma) with and for autistic people and their families and Tier 4 autism training for services. 
  • Cognitive Development and Learning Module Tutor
  • PGC in Supervision Tutor: Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing Services
  • Delivering CYP IAPT Autism/LD Supervision for Supervisors at Kings IoPNN
  • Research Supervisor for; MSc Psychology of Education, MSc Child Development, MSc Developmental and Educational Psychology, MA Education (Psychology), EdD (Professional Doctorate in Education) and PhD (Doctor of Philosophy).
  • Topics taught: neurodiversity and personality; family mental health and child outcomes/experiences; mental health in education; autism; critiquing research; qualitative phenomenological research; clinical competency framework for anxiety and depression in autism and learning disabilities; visual methodologies; participatory research; evidence-based educational and psychological interventions for neurodivergent people across the lifespan

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