Biography

Theodora graduated from the Democritus University of Thrace in 2013 as a qualified teacher in Primary School Education. During her four-year studies, the area of Psychology triggered her interest and she decided to engage in this field in more depth.

She continued her studies with a conversion MSc course in Psychological Studies at the University of Glasgow. She graduated in 2014 and her dissertation with title ‘’Teachers’ views on the behaviour of children with and without learning difficulties’’ was marked with Distinction.

Aiming to gain more expertise in relation to children’s development and learning, in 2015, she was awarded with an MSc in Autism at the University of Stirling. Her research focused on referent identification and word learning phenomena in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The title of her dissertation was ‘’The Disambiguation Effect in Word Learning and Theory of Mind in Autism Spectrum Disorder” and was marked with Distinction.

In October 2015, Theodora was awarded a PhD studentship at the School of Psychology, UEA, under the supervision of Dr Martin Doherty. Here, she is conducting research into preschool children’s referent identification abilities.

Theodora is also an Associate Tutor for the module ‘Research, Design and Analysis I’, part of the BSc Psychology degree.

Key Research Interests

Theodora is interested in examining the relationship between specific referent identification phenomena in pre-school children and their ability to understand perspective. Some of the phenomena she is investigating include the Disambiguation effect (Markman & Wachtel,  1988) and the Correction effect (Savage & Au, 1996).