Members of DISN

The professional relevance of work by members of the Department of Disability Inclusion and Special Needs is fostered through well-established links with practitioners working in schools and services as well as involvement with parent groups. Members of the department hold senior positions within over 40 voluntary bodies including The Association of Workers for Children with Emotional and Behaviour Difficulties (AWCEBD), The National Autistic Society (NAS), The National Association for Special Educational Needs (NASEN) and The International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment.

The Group is also represented on the editorial boards of nearly 20 major journals in the field such as The British Journal of Visual Impairment, Disability and Society, Deafness and Education International, Educational Research, Emotional and Behavioural
Difficulties, Good Autism Practice, International Journal of Research and Method in Education, Journal of International Special Educational Needs, Journal of International Special Education and Services,
and SENCO Update.

Head of Department

Professor Julie Allan

Professor Julie Allan

Professor of Equity and Inclusion and Deputy Head of School
Head of the Department of Disability Inclusion and Special Needs

Julie Allan is Professor of Equity and Inclusion, Head of the Department of Disability Inclusion and Special Needs and Visiting Professor at the University of Borås in Sweden. Her work encompasses inclusive education, disability studies and children’s rights and is both empirical and theoretical. She has a particular interest in educational theory and the insights offered through ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4853

Email j.allan.1@bham.ac.uk

Academic Staff

Nick Bozic

Nick Bozic

Academic and Professional Tutor

Nick Bozic has worked as an academic and professional tutor on the initial training course for educational psychologists since 2004. His special interests include community psychology, strength-based practice, working with organisations and groups, evaluation design and the use of web-based technology to support learning. Nick also contributes teaching sessions on standarised test ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 5959

Email n.m.bozic@bham.ac.uk

Dr Graeme Douglas

Dr Graeme Douglas

Reader in Disability and Special Educational Needs
Co-director VICTAR

Graeme is the deputy head of the Disability Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN) department (with a particular lead on research).  DISN is the largest department of its kind in the UK and comprises over 30 academics researching and studying in the field of inclusion, SEN and disability.

Graeme is the co-director of the Visual Impairment Centre for Teaching and ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 6736

Email g.g.a.douglas@bham.ac.uk

Dr Karen Guldberg

Dr Karen Guldberg

Senior lecturer in Autism Studies
Director of Autism Centre for Education and Research

Dr Karen Guldberg is currently Director of the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) at the School of Education, University of Birmingham. She is a Senior Lecturer in Autism Studies in the Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN).

Dr Guldberg is passionate about ensuring there is synergy between her teaching and research. She teaches on ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 3470

Email k.k.guldberg@bham.ac.uk

Neil Hall

Neil Hall

Lecturer in Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD)

Neil Hall started in his current role in September 2010, although for 20 years, as an Honorary Lecturer, he taught on various CPD programmes in special education and child protection and on initial and post qualification doctoral training courses in educational psychology.  Neil is a Chartered Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Practitioner ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4841

Email n.hall.1@bham.ac.uk

Rachel Hewett

Rachel Hewett

Research Fellow

Rachel Hewett is a Research Fellow based at Visual Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research

She has been working in VICTAR since February 2010, after moving over from Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit. She is primarily working on a project funded by Nuffield Foundation and has been focusing particularly on the transition experience of visually impaired ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4394

Email r.g.hewett@bham.ac.uk

Dr Liz Hodges

Dr Liz Hodges

Lecturer, Deafblindness and Multisensory Impairment

Alongside her work as a lecturer, Liz is also an advisory teacher for deafblind children for a local authority. This maintains her daily contact with deafblind people and promotes the integration of new ideas and research into practice.

Initially teaching children with severe learning difficulties, an interest in sensory impairment led her on to working with deafblind adults in ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4873

Email e.m.hodges@bham.ac.uk

Dr Julia Howe

Academic and Professional Tutor, educational psychology

Julia has a background in teaching in both secondary school and further education. She works part-time as a Senior Educational Psychologist for a local authority in the West Midlands.

Telephone 0121 414 4450

Email j.howe.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Lila Kossyvaki

Dr Lila Kossyvaki

Research Fellow

Dr Lila Kossyvaki joined ACER in the School of Education as a Research Fellow. She is an autism specialist teacher and she has a strong interest in school and home-based interventions to promote social communication in children with autism and learning difficulties. She has worked on a number of research projects exploring Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) in typically developing ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 3464

Email a.kossyvaki@bham.ac.uk

Dr Penny Lacey

Dr Penny Lacey

Senior Lecturer in Education

Penny Lacey had a background in teaching children and young people with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties before she came to the School of Education in 1991. She is programme lead for the postgraduate Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties programme.

Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 4878

Email p.j.lacey@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jane Leadbetter

Dr Jane Leadbetter

Tutor in Educational Psychology
Senior Educational Psychologist

Jane works as a tutor in educational psychology and is involved in teaching and supervising trainee educational psychologists on the three year initial training programme (Applied Educational and Child Psychology Doctorate). She is also Director of the research doctorate for practising educational psychologists (Ed Psych D programme) which has over 40 students enrolled.

...

Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 3473

Email j.v.leadbetter@bham.ac.uk

Dr Paul Lynch

Dr Paul Lynch

Research Fellow

Paul joined the School of Education 2006 to take up a three-year research post as a research fellow in VICTAR. He is working on a Sightsavers International funded project studying the educational inclusion of children with visual impairment in developing countries. This involves establishing an evidence base demonstrating the effectiveness of different educational models of education for children ...

Telephone +44(0)121 414 6735

Email p.lynch@bham.ac.uk

Andrea MacLeod

Andrea MacLeod

Lecturer in Autism

Before joining the University Andrea worked in the voluntary sector, supporting adults with disabilities. She developed and managed models of support (including supported living, employment, peer support and community inclusion) for adults with Asperger syndrome within the West Midlands region.

Telephone +44 (0) 121 415 8442

Email a.g.macleod@bham.ac.uk

Dr Deirdre Martin

Dr Deirdre Martin

Senior Lecturer

Qualifying as a speech and language therapist, Deirdre spent over two years in a special school in Peru, where she worked, through Spanish, with teachers and children with a range of educational needs. She continued to work as a speech and language therapist in the UK, and obtained masters and doctoral degrees in aspects of speech and language development and difficulty in bilingual children. She ...

Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 4849

Email d.m.martin@bham.ac.uk

Professor Mike McLinden

Professor Mike McLinden

Co- Director of Education
Programme Lead (Visual Impairment)

With over 25 years’ experience of teaching in schools and Higher Education (HE) Mike has extensive experience of curriculum design, delivery and evaluation as a teacher, lecturer, Director of Education and a researcher. Mike’s research interests include developing ‘research-informed’ pedagogical practice within HE with a particular focus on the development of ...

Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 4837

Email m.t.mclinden@bham.ac.uk

Sue Morris

Sue Morris

Director of Professional Training in Educational Psychology

Sue has been a practising educational psychologist for more than 25 years, and, in addition to her teaching and research responsibilities within the University, continues to practice as a chartered educational psychologist on a 0.1 full-time equivalent basis.

Telephone +44(0)121 414 4880

Email s.k.morris@bham.ac.uk

Dr Despina Papoudi

Lecturer in Autism

Dr Despina Papoudi is a Lecturer in Autism in the Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN).

Despina taught between 1995 and 2013 on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Greece.She was appointed as an Assistant Professor in Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Early ...

Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 7102

Email d.papoudi@bham.ac.uk

Christopher Robertson

Christopher Robertson

Lecturer in Inclusive and Special Education

Chris has worked in the higher education sector since 1992, lecturing at the Institute of Education (University of London) and Canterbury Christ Church University College before taking up his current post at The University of Birmingham.

Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 4832

Email c.m.robertson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Anita Soni

Academic and professional tutor to Applied Educational and Child Psychology Doctorate programme

Anita Soni is an Academic and Professional tutor in the School of Education.

She is interested in working with children and their families in their early years of life, between birth and 7 years. She is enthusiastic about developing the skills of the Children’s Workforce, especially those working in Children’s Centres, and early years provision in the maintained, ...

Professor Gary Thomas

Professor Gary Thomas

Professor of Inclusion and Diversity

Gary Thomas took up the post of chair in education at Birmingham in 2005. Before university teaching, he worked as a teacher and as an educational psychologist. In higher education – at the University of Leeds, at Oxford Brookes University, UWE and University College London – his teaching and research have focused on inclusion, special education, and research methodology in ...

Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 4836

Email g.thomas.3@bham.ac.uk

Dr Linda Watson

Dr Linda Watson

Senior Lecturer in Education (Deafness and Hearing Impairment)

Linda has a background of experience as a teacher of the deaf and educational audiologist and her research and teaching are rooted in this experience. She is particularly interested in the early language and literacy development of young deaf children and how this can be enhanced by the use of cochlear implants and/or digital hearing aids. She has a collaboration with the University of ...

Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 4876

Email l.m.watson@bham.ac.uk

Huw Williams

Tutor in Educational Psychology

Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 4453

Email h.williams@bham.ac.uk

Dr Kerstin Wittemeyer

Dr Kerstin Wittemeyer

Lecturer in Autism

Kerstin has been appointed as a lecturer and researcher in the Autism Centre for Education and Research. She previously worked for several years in the Oxford Autism Research Group, where she managed the work programme of the International Molecular Genetics Study of Autism Consortium (IMGSAC). As a member of staff at the Oxford Neurodevelopmental Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Centre, Kerstin ...

Telephone +44 (0) 121 415 8148

Email k.wittemeyer@bham.ac.uk

Angela Wootten

Teaching Fellow in Education (Deafness and Hearing Impairment)

Angie Wootten is a practising teacher of deaf children and young people. She works in a peripatetic capacity for Warwickshire’s Sensory and Complex team under the over-arching Integrated Disability Service and visits children of all ages and covering a spectrum of need.

Angie has been a placement supervisor and a regional tutor for the university’s course ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4843

Email a.wootten@bham.ac.uk

Associated Staff

Professor Ann Lewis

Professor Ann Lewis

Emeritus Professor (Special Education and Educational Psychology)

Ann Lewis is Emeritus Professor at the University of Birmingham (UK) where she was research leader for a unique, 35-strong, academic group focusing on children with special needs or disabilities. She is also Honorary Professor at the University of Warwick (UK).

She has a longstanding interest in the ‘voice’ of disabled children, in particular, conceptual and ...

Email a.lewis@bham.ac.uk

Professor Michael Tobin

Emeritus Professor of Special Education (Visual Impairment).

Despite retirement at age 67 in 2001, he has maintained his interest and research in the educational and psychological development of blind and partially sightede people, especially children and adolescents. He is currently re-examining the mass of data gathered on a group of 120 visually impaired children who were aged 5 at the beginning of the research in 1972.

He has ...

Support Staff

Linda Brush - Programme Administrator
Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4838
Email l.j.brush@bham.ac.uk

Beverley Burke - Programme Administrator
Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4883
Email b.a.burke@bham.ac.uk

Syma Mumtaz - Programme Administrator
Telephone +44 (0)121 414 7486
Email s.mumtaz.1@bham.ac.uk

Karen Turner-Brown - Departmental Secretary
Telephone +44 (0) 121 41 44834
Email k.turner-brown@bham.ac.uk