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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields 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 - high quality systematic reviews for informed decision making and policy changing


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Personal profile

Research Statement

As a Senior Lecturer in Behaviour Analysis and Autism at Queen's University Belfast and a BCBA-D, my responsibilities involve serving as the Director of the MSc in ABA (includes an ABAI VCS), leading and teaching modules in the MScABA and MScASD, supervising MSc dissertation projects and PhD students and conducting research in the areas of applied behaviour analysis, evidence-based inclusive education, values-driven professional and parental training, autism spectrum disorders, telehealth, verbal behaviour, health andwell-being, brain injury andcommunity-wide applications of behaviour analysis. Since my appointment at Queen's in 2012, I have been instrumental, together with Professor Karola Dillenburger, in the design of the MScABA and its inauguration in 2014-15 and I have since then led its continuous growth and international success converting it in one of the most sought-after programmes in the field internationally.

My overall aim, which I seek to achieve through a number of research, educational and clinical activities internationally, is to improve the provision and quality of life for individuals with special needs and empower their families by creating inclusive environmentshighly trained values-driven professionals and evidence-based educational service delivery models.

I welcome applications from students wishing to undertake the MSc in ABA or further their research skills through a PhD in a related area.

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Research Output

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    Telehealth: An effective model for providing behaviour analytic interventions to individuals with ASD

    Dounavi, K., Craig, E. & Ferguson, J., 22 Mar 2020, Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Volkmar, F. R. (ed.). Springer

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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  • The use of 'Precision Teaching' in enhancing medical students' dermatological diagnostic skills. Received 1st prize for poster presented in Medical Education Category.

    Conor McGrath (Recipient), Collette McCourt (Recipient), Andrea Corry (Recipient), Dounavi, Katerina (Recipient), Dillenburger, Karola (Recipient) & Gormley, Gerard (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    Journal of Early Intervention (Journal)

    Katerina Dounavi (Peer reviewer)

    2020 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment (Journal)

    Katerina Dounavi (Peer reviewer)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Robert Mellon

    Katerina Dounavi (Host)

    06 Dec 2019

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor


    PhD Viva External Examiner, National University of Ireland Galway

    Katerina Dounavi (Examiner)

    19 Feb 2019

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

    Press / Media

    Thousands of B.C. children waiting for autism assessment

    Amy Tanner & Katerina Dounavi


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Wait for autism assessment now more than a year

    Amy Tanner & Katerina Dounavi


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    BC researchers studying benefits of early help for children with autism

    Amy Tanner & Katerina Dounavi


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment


    Using Parent-Mediated Intervention to Treat Autism Symptoms in Infants

    Author: Tanner, A., Dec 2020

    Supervisor: Dounavi, A. (Supervisor) & Dillenburger, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy