Who we are

Staff affiliated to the Centre for Special Educational Needs, include staff based in University units beyond the Graduate School of Education.   In addition, we have a number of postgraduate research students affiliated to the Centre.


Professor Brahm Norwich

Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs

Associate Professor Hazel Lawson

Special and Inclusive Education

Dr Hannah Anglin-Jaffe

Special Educational Needs

Dr Alison Black

Special and Inclusive Education

Associate Professor Christopher Boyle Inclusive Education and Psychology
Dr Darren Moore School mental health
Dr George Koutsouris  
Dr Andrew Richards  Educational psychology

Associated Members 

Dr Elias Avramidis

Special Education, University of Thessaly, Greece

Samantha Carr

Associate Tutor, DEdPsych training programme for professional educational psychologists and Senior Educational Psychologist, North Somerset Local Authority 

Dr Peter Gray

SEN Policy Consultant in Nottingham and co-coordinator of SEN Policy research Forum

Ruth Gwernan-Jones

Researcher, Exeter Medical School

Megan Macmillan

Research student Exeter Medical School (children’s attitudes to disability)

Tim Maxwell

Educational Psychology

Tricia Nash

Honorary University Fellow, University of Exeter and Researcher, Plymouth University

Carole Parnell


Dr Marian Soroa

Developmental and Educational Psychology, University of the Basque Country, Spain.

Margie Tunbridge

Associate Tutor, DEdPsych training programme for professional educational psychologists

Paul Woolnough

Research Development Manager

Current Research Students

Sukeina Ahmad

The academic self-concept of bilingual Arabic and English speaking and monolingual pupils with specific literacy difficulties

Hatim Algraigray


Naeema Alhassan

Special education trainee teachers: developing and evaluating peer tutoring programme in Saudi Arabia 

Ali Alkeraida


Moza Al-Maqbali


Hanan Almasoud

Accessing higher education in Saudi Arabia: Opportunities and challenges for students with autism spectrum conditions

Suaad Alnaabi


Bader Alqallaf

The social participation of children identified as MLD in different educational settings and levels in South West of England

Al-Raesi, Raya


Reem Altamini

Understanding Dyslexia: implications of the identification of and support for children with dyslexia in Kuwaiti primary schools

Sara Binammar


Amani Bu-Khamseen

Literacy and study skills difficulties for students in a Saudi Arabian university: developing a screening tool and examining students experiences

Amanda Burgess


Patrick Businge

Disability and Education in Conflict-affected and Fragile States (DECAFS) Project

Lynda Dawson

An ethnographic study of the experiences of secondary aged girls in school: how they construct, resist and perform their identity[ies]

Jo Day


Konstadina Dialektaki


Ana Douglas

The experience of transition from special school to mainstream further education for studdents classified as having moderate learning difficulties (MLD), with particular focus on identity and self-concept

Downs, Natalie


Mark Fullwood

The effects of Cued Speech on the context of a school's educational outcomes, bilingual policy and its community (both deaf and hearing)

Jeremy Hannay


Efstathia Karageorgopoulou

Physical education (P.E.) in Greek primary schools: P.E. Teachers' use of teaching styles and their perceptions towards inclusion with special educational needs (SEN) in the P.E. lesson

Kerry Knight


George Koutsouris

The preferences for interaction of young people with disabilities in terms of homophily and social inclusion

Leo Leandro-Rodrigues


Danielle McDougall


Chris Millard

The authenticity of person centred planning for people who use learning disability services in England

Laura O'Brien


Caroline Oestreich


Claire Parker (Medical School)

An exploration of the relationship between children's mental health and well-being and exclusion from school

Margaret Peat

The potential of adult literacy learning and vocational rehabilitation in the reintegration of Ex Offenders, Disabled People and those discharged from the Armed Forces 

Sulcheera Polrachom


Pat Ramsey


Denise Ryder

Dyslexia: an assessble and valid category of disability?

Duncan Shrewsbury


Maria-Eleni Socratous

The effects of cooperative learning on the social skills of pupils with severe learning difficulties, attending special primary schools

Vivian Waddell