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 Karen Guldberg

Professor Karen Guldberg

Professor of Autism Studies
Director of the Autism Centre for Education and Research

Professor 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 Professor of Autism Studies in the Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN).

Karen is passionate about ensuring there is synergy between her teaching and research. She teaches on undergraduate level programmes ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3470
Email
k.k.guldberg@bham.ac.uk

Academic Staff

Professor Julie Allan

Professor Julie Allan

Professor of Equity and Inclusion

Julie Allan is Professor of Equity and Inclusion and was formerly the Head of the School of Education. 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 poststructural and social capital analyses. Julie has been advisor to the Scottish ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4853
Email
j.allan.1@bham.ac.uk

Ms Vikki Anderson

Ms Vikki Anderson

Teaching Fellow (Language, Literacies & Dyslexia)

Having begun her career as a teacher of German and English, Vikki went on to specialise in the field of learning difficulties and disabilities, teaching in mainstream, special, further and higher education. She is currently also a member of the University’s Learning Support Team where she works with a range of students with specific learning difficulties and delivers  Continuing ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8820
Email
v.anderson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sarah Benson

Dr Sarah Benson

Programme Director, Inclusion and Special Educational Needs (ISEN), UK & Dubai campuses

Sarah Benson is a Lecturer of Inclusion and Special Education Needs.

Sarah studied at the University of Virginia where her focus was on comparative special education practices. She has published manuscripts on Jordanian inclusion policy and practice. In addition she worked closely with research efforts to make science curriculum accessible to students with learning disabilities.

Her ongoing ...

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

Nick Bozic

Nick Bozic

Academic and Professional Tutor

Nick Bozic works as an academic and professional tutor on the initial training course for educational psychologists. Fifty percent of his time is spent working as a practicing educational psychologist in Birmingham Local Authority.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5959
Email
n.m.bozic@bham.ac.uk

Neil Hall

Neil Hall

Lecturer in Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD)
Deputy Director of Education

Neil Hall is Lecturer in Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD) in the Department of Disability Inclusion and Special Needs and is the Programme Lead for postgraduate qualifications in SEBD.

Neil is also the Deputy Director of Education in the School of Education and as a part of that role he is the Head of Quality Assurance and Enhancement.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4841
Email
n.hall.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Liz Hodges

Dr Liz Hodges

Lecturer, Deafblindness and Multisensory Impairment

Liz is the only University lecturer in the country in Deafblindness and The School of Education is the only nationally recruiting programme for teachers who wish to qualify with Mandatory Qualifications recognised by the GTC in deafblindness.

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

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4873
Email
e.m.hodges@bham.ac.uk

Dr Julia Howe

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

Lecturer in Severe Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities

Dr Lila Kossyvaki is a lecturer in Severe Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities in the Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN) at the School of Education. She is also a member of the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER).

Lila is a chartered psychologist and a SEN teacher. She has a strong interest in school and home-based interventions to ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3464
Email
a.kossyvaki@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrea MacLeod

Dr 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

Professor Mike McLinden

Professor Mike McLinden

Programme Lead (Vision 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, senior manager and a researcher. Mike’s research interests include developing and promoting ‘research-informed’ pedagogical practice within HE with a particular focus on student-centred ...

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 8055
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 Maria Reraki

Dr Maria Reraki

Lecturer in Language, Literacies and Dyslexia

Dr Maria Reraki is a lecturer and the programme leader for the MEd course in Language, Literacies and Dyslexia in the Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN) at the School of Education.

Maria is a qualified teacher specialised in teaching English to learners of other languages that have dyslexia/literacy difficulties. She has a strong interest in assessments and ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4832
Email
m.reraki@bham.ac.uk

Dr Colette Soan

Dr Colette Soan

Regional Tutor to SEBD DE Course

Colette is an Academic and Professional Tutor with the educational psychology training course.  She is also a regional tutor with the distance learning course for social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. 

Colette is interested in how psychology can support people in changing things in their lives.  She utilises consultative and collaborative principles in her work, in ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3472
Email
c.a.soan@bham.ac.uk

Dr Anita Soni

Dr Anita Soni

Academic and professional tutor

Anita 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 childhood/years provision in the maintained, voluntary and independent sectors. This includes teachers, managers, teaching ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3603
Email
a.soni@bham.ac.uk

Dr Emmanouela Terlektsi

Dr Emmanouela Terlektsi

Senior Lecturer in Deaf Education

Emmanouela is an experienced teacher and researcher, working with deaf children. She is particularly interested in literacy development and social emotional development of deaf children and adolescents and how this can be enhanced by early identification and hearing aid technology.

The School of Education has the largest course for providing training for teachers who wish to gain the mandatory ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4876
Email
m.e.terlektsi@bham.ac.uk

Professor Gary Thomas

Professor Gary Thomas

Emeritus Professor of Inclusion and Diversity
Executive Editor: Educational Review

Professor 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 ...

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

Dr Huw Williams

Dr Huw Williams

Tutor in Educational Psychology

Dr Huw Williams is a Chartered Senior Educational Psychologist registered with the Health Care Professions Council who teaches on the Applied Educational and Child Psychology programme. As an Academic and Professional Tutor Huw supervises Trainee Educational Psychologists and coordinates the Complex Individual Needs module for first year Trainees. Huw is interested in promoting the use of ...

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 4453
Email
h.williams@bham.ac.uk

Angela Wootten

Angela Wootten

Teaching Fellow in Education (Deafness and Hearing Impairment)

Angie Wootten has been a practising teacher of deaf children and young people for 32 years. She has worked with children and young people of all ages and in a range of provisions. Up until recently she worked as a hearing advisory teacher with Warwickshire’s Local Authority team.

Angie worked as a placement supervisor and a regional tutor for the university’s course Teachers of ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4448
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 methodological aspects ...

Email
a.lewis@bham.ac.uk

Professor Michael Tobin

Emeritus Professor of Special Education (Visual Impairment).

It is with great sadness that the University of Birmingham announces the passing away of Michael Tobin, Emeritus Professor of Special Education (Visual Impairment). Mike sadly passed away in May 2020.

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 ...

Dr Linda Watson

Dr Linda Watson

Honorary Senior Lecturer (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 Melbourne ...

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

Department Administrator

Caroline Baxter 
Telephone +44 (0) 121 41 44831 
Email disn-admin@contacts.bham.ac.uk