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Dr Ifigeneia Manitsa PhD

Teaching Fellow, School of Psychology,
University of Birmingham

Research Fellow, School of Psychology and School of Education,
University of Birmingham

Visiting Lecturer and Supervisor, Department of Psychology,
Kingston University London

About Me

I am a Research Fellow in Youth Mental Health at the Institute for Mental Health in the University of Birmingham. My research expertise lies in the socio-emotional development and educational inclusion of students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities with an emphasis on Vision Impairment. I have also worked as Guest Lecturer and Supervisor at several UK universities (Kingston University, Birkbeck, London Metropolitan) and I am an Associate Fellow of the Advance HE.

In my PhD research, I investigated the social inclusion of adolescents with vision impairment and its impact on their self-esteem, academic inclusion, and social competence. Due to the lack of previous research, I developed my own socioecological model to conceptualise social inclusion.


Ph.D. in the Department of Psychology, School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences within the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences

Oct 2017 -Nov 2022

Kingston University London, United Kingdom.

Thesis title: The social inclusion of adolescents with visual impairments: A multidimensional approach. 

Supervisors: Dr Fiona Barlow-Brown, Emerita Professor Evanthia Lyons, Dr Maria Livanou

MSc in Pedagogy – Primary field: Special Education, Department of Philosophy and Pedagogy

Nov 2013 – Apr 2016

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Dissertation title: The experiences of studies in higher education from the perspective of students with visual impairments.

Grade: 9.20/10 (Honours Degree 1st)

Supervisor: Dr Maro Doikou

Associate Fellowship of the Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy)

Jan 2019 – Jun 2019

Kingston University London, United Kingdom.​

Degree in School of Primary Education

2005 – 2008

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Grade: 8.02/10 (Honours Degree 2:1)

In the run-up to the @IBSAGames2023 we’re spotlighting some amazing research around visual impairment.

Here, Dr Ifigeneia Manitsa (@Ifi_Manitsa) talks about her study on the social exclusion of visually impaired children.

More information on the IBSA World Games 2023 here: IBSA World Games 2023 on the way to Birmingham | International Paralympic Committee 

IBSA World Games 2023 – IBSA International Blind Sports Federation (

Research Experience

Proficient User of advanced quantitative (SPSS, PROCESS, JASP) and qualitative research and analysis (Thematic Analysis, Conversation Analysis, and IPA). Experienced in systematic and integrative reviews, meta-analyses and in using experimental delivery software, such as Qualtrics, Gorilla and PsychoPy, and other research software, such as Zotero and Endnote.