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Dr Georgia Pavlopoulou
26 Woburn Square
  • Senior Teaching Fellow
  • IOE - Psychology & Human Development
  • UCL Institute of Education

I have spent the last 18 years working with individuals with  educational, behavioural, developmental and mental health needs as teacher, Head of Department, Scientific Co-ordinator, Consultant, External Advisor. I have completed my PhD in Developmental Psychology and Mental Health at UCL employing community based participatory research methods with typically developing and autistic siblings. Post Doc research included looking at sleep research priorities and personal accounts of stress and sleep of autistic adolescents and adults. I have served as Head of the School and Family Collaborative Research Partnerships and Senior Research Fellow at UCL LiLAS Lab for 4,5 years. Prior that, I served as research assistant and sessional lecturer for 5 years at the Lab of Psychology in Special Education at University of Patras in Greece. My work there was focused on early intervention in autism, ethics of care for disabled children and how we can move from modifications to mutuality in family centred therapy with parents of autistic children. Nowdays, my teaching roles include leading PG and Master Modules across UCL  IOE, PALS, Anna Freud National Centre of Excellence and Kings College London (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience).  I am supervising Dissertations and PhD research projects at UCL IOE and UCL ICH. Since October 2019, I co-ordinate and run National and International mental health trainings for  autistic people with and without a learning disability. In the UK, these training are funded by Health England Education and are codesigned and codelivered by experts by experience with a diagnosis of autism and other comorbidities.  I enjoy working with scholar activists, service users/experts by experience and  academics to promote research that holds a promise for a better quality of life for people with neurodevelopmental conditions across the lifespan. I have received grants by The John and Lorna Wing Foundation, Autistica, UCL ChangeMakers, UCL Culture and Higher Education Knowledge Exchange Innovation Funding to research with autistic people across the lifespan. Finally, I have a special interest in acceptance, humanistic/anti-oppressive and existential therapies and I am currently working towards my UKCP accreditation as clinical psychotherapist.

Research Summary

Family experiences, interactions and mental health

Twins/triplets/multiple births and disability;Experiences, adjustment and relationships

SEND educational and psychological evidence based support schemes

Quality of life, loneliness and mental health

Adolescents' self-care strategies 

Experiences of stress and sleep in autism 

Sexuality/sex education in learning disabilities

Applications of mentalising and mindfulness/3rd wave of CBT 

Humanistic frameworks

Ethics of care

Teaching Summary

  • Module Leader; Psychological Aspects of Counselling,  CYP Improving Access to Psychological Services for autistic children and young people (with and without learning disabilities)
  • Delivering CYP IAPT Autism/LD Supervision for Supervisors
  • Short Courses in Mental Health (anxiety, depression, behaviours of concern, trauma) for autistic people and their families
  • 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: family mental health and child outcomes/experiences; 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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