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Dr Ifigeneia Manitsa PhD

Research Fellow in Youth Mental Health, Institute for Mental Health, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham

About Me

I am a Research Fellow in Youth Mental Health at the Institute for Mental Health in the University of Birmingham (University of Birmingham, Institute for Mental Health). My research expertise lies in the socio-emotional development and educational inclusion of adolescents with vision impairment.

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.

Education

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)

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.