Emmanouela studied in the Department of Special Needs at the University of Thessaly, Greece where she qualified as a Teacher of the Deaf. She has been living and working in the UK since 2003.
In 2004 she received a Masters degree in Special Needs from the School of Education, University of Nottingham. She won a scholarship from the ‘Achillopouleio Institution’ in Greece and obtained a PhD from the University of Birmingham, School of Education in 2010.
From 2004 until 2009 she worked as a supply teacher in primary mainstream and special schools in Nottinghamshire where she supported deaf children.
She worked in the Department of Psychology, Oxford Brookes University from 2009 until 2011 as a postdoctoral researcher on an ESRC funded project with Professor Margaret Harris which looked at the literacy outcomes for deaf teenagers with cochlear Implants and Hearing Aids. She then moved to the Department of Social Work and Public Health (Oxford Brookes University) where she completed a 7 month project with Dr Jane Appleton looking at the implementation of the Strengthening Families to Child Protection conferences.
From 2011 until 2013 she shared her time equally between Oxford University Department of Education, where she worked with Professor Terezinha Nunes on a Nuffield Foundation intervention research project (The concept of certainty and uncertainty in primary school children) and the University of Southampton (School of Clinical Neuroscience) where she was the leader of the qualitative aspect of the Hearing Outcomes in Teenagers project looking at the social- emotional development of deaf teenagers.
She moved back to Oxford Brookes, Department of Psychology, Social Work and Public Health in August 2013. She was responsible for the day to day management of a longitudinal research project titled ‘The impact of new technologies on the literacy skills of deaf primary school children’. From 2013 until January 2016 she contributed to both undergraduate teaching (Developmental Psychology, Foundations of Social Psychology, Foundations of Experimental Psychology, Foundations of Developmental Psychology, Qualitative methods in Psychology) and postgraduate teaching (Cognitive and social Aspects of Psychology, Understanding Developmental Disorders) in the same department.