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Senior Research Fellow

Dr Ioanna Bakopoulou

Senior Research Fellow
University of Warwick

Telephone: 024-7652 3638
Facsimile: 024-7652 4472

As a Senior Research Fellow in CEDAR, I have worked on the Better Communication Research Programme since February 2010. I was involved in the ‘Evidence on Interventions’ project which aimed to investigate the evidence for the interventions health and education professionals use with children and young people with Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN). Recent work focused on the ‘Communication Supporting Classrooms’ project, a study which comprised the development of a ‘Communication supporting Classrooms Observation Tool’ (CsC Observation Tool) for Reception and Key Stage 1 classrooms and learning contexts. This was devised following a review of the research literature, piloted in a number of schools and used in a larger feasibility study. I am currently involved in the ‘Evaluation of Universal Parenting Classes’ study which aims to evaluate whether the free provision of parenting classes in three areas will provide sufficient incentive to providers to start offering additional universal classes nationally, including for parents beyond the foundation stage, and that a universal approach can normalise and de-stigmatise parenting classes.

I have a BSc (Hons) degree in Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology (major Psychology), and in 2002 I was awarded the MSc in Professional Educational Psychology by the Institute of Education (with Distinction). In January 2010, I completed my Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof Julie Dockrell. My thesis work focused on children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) and investigated different types of behavioural, emotional and social difficulties; examined which language dimension is related to difficulties with socio-emotional functioning; explored the role of social cognition and examined whether the nature of children’s difficulties are context specific.

I work part-time for Wandsworth Schools and Community Psychology Service where I have a specialist post within the Wandsworth Targeted Mental Health Services in Schools (TAMHS) where I facilitate a weekly multi-family therapy group. I am also acting as a Research Supervisor for the Doctoral students undertaking their Doctorate in Professional Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology at the Institute of Education.

I’ve been teaching the ‘Social and Emotional Development of Children with SLCN’ core module of the MSc in Joint Professional Practice since 2003, for which I developed all teaching materials, including web site learning content