Dr Ifigeneia Manitsa PhD AFHEA (she/her/hers)

Dr Ifigeneia Manitsa

School of Psychology
Research Fellow in Youth Mental Health

Contact details

Institute for Mental Health
School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Ifigeneia Manitsa is a Research Fellow in Youth Mental Health at the Institute for Mental Health. Her research expertise lies in the socio-emotional development and educational inclusion of adolescents with vision impairment. Her research has received funding from the Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust, Kingston University, Sight for Surrey, and the National Lottery Community Fund.


  • Ph.D. in the Department of Psychology, School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences within the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, Kingston University London, United Kingdom.
    Thesis title: The social inclusion of adolescents with visual impairments: a multidimensional approach.
  • Associate Fellowship of the Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy)
  • MSc in Pedagogy
    Primary field: Special Education, Department of Philosophy and Pedagogy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
    Dissertation title: the experiences of studies in higher education from the perspective of students with visual impairments.
    Grade: 9.20/10 (1st)
  • Degree in School of Primary Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Other activities

Dr Manitsa is an external collaborator and advisor of a feasibility trial targeting students with ASD in higher education currently being developed by the Developing Minds Lab at Kingston University (this project has been funded by Santander Universities). She also works with colleagues from King’s College, Bournemouth University and Kingston University to develop a digital intervention for adolescents with behavioural problems.

She is a member of the Sight Loss Network which aims to promote national and international research collaborations in the field of sight loss.

Given her research expertise, she has often been asked to review academic articles in the British Journal of Visual Impairment, Journal of Health Psychology and Contemporary Social Science, as well as grant applications for the Czech Science Foundation (GACR).