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Dr Dounavi’s research is dedicated to behaviour analysis, evidence-based education, values-driven professional training, developmental disorders including autism, verbal behaviour, learning and communication disorders, school-wide applications of behaviour analysis and parental training.

This research has included work around parent-mediated interventions for infants at high risk of receiving an autism diagnosis, telehealth as an evidence-based practice in the treatment of autism, and explorative studies of burnout and supervision practices among behaviour analysts.

The objective of the research activity is to improve the educational provision and quality of life for individuals with special needs and empower their families by creating inclusive environments, highly trained values-driven professionals and evidence-based educational service delivery models.

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Open to PhD applications in the field of 

  • Applied behaviour analysis
  • Developmental disorders including autism
  • Applications of the analysis of verbal behaviour for teaching communication skills
  • Effective, values-driven professional training in behaviour analysis
  • Socially valid parent-mediated interventions and parental training
  • The use of telehealth in the provision of evidence-based interventions
  • Behaviour analytic interventions that address wider societal challenges
  • The use of high quality systematic reviews in informed decision making and policy changing
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Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

School Of Social Sciences, Education And Social Work

Centre for Behaviour Analysis

Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation

Research students

PhD title: Using Parent-Mediated Intervention to Treat Autism Symptoms in High-Risk Infants

Name: Amy Tanner
Years of Study: 2015 - 
Country: Canada

PhD title: Conditioned reinforcement and its application to the teaching of children with autism

Name: Elena Cló
Years of Study: 2016 - 
Country: Italy


PhD title: Examining the Effectiveness of Telehealth as a Model of Training and Delivery of Behaviour Analytic Interventions

Name: Janet Ferguson
Years of Study: 2017 -
Country: Northern Ireland

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