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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 a BACB 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 and well-being and community-wide applications of behaviour analysis. Since my appointment at Queen's in 2012, I have been instrumental, together with Professor Karola Dillenburger, in the development 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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Autistic Disorder Medicine & Life Sciences
autism Social Sciences
behavior analysis Social Sciences
Teaching Medicine & Life Sciences
Telemedicine Medicine & Life Sciences
Research Medicine & Life Sciences
Practice Guidelines Medicine & Life Sciences
Medical Education Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2007 2019

Open Access
Open Access
Fluid Therapy
Medical Education
Mental Competency

FuturoSchool: A pioneering concept for delivering behaviour analytic services to children with autism in France

Dounavi, K., Trejo, P., Tetcu, I., Tejero, S. & Sajidi, MH., 29 Sep 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

behavior analysis
1 Citation (Scopus)

Mobile Health Applications in Weight Management: A Systematic Literature Review

Dounavi, K. & Tsoumani, O., 01 Jun 2019, In : American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 56, 6, p. 894-903

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mobile Applications
Weight Loss
Weights and Measures

Parent-Implemented Bedtime Fading and Positive Routines

Dounavi, K. & Delemere, E., 01 Oct 2019, (Accepted) Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Volkmar, F. R. (ed.). Springer

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


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), Aikaterini Dounavi (Recipient), Karola Dillenburger (Recipient) & Gerard Gormley (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Medical Education
Medical Students
behavior analysis
earning a doctorate

Activities 2010 2019

PhD Viva External Examiner, National University of Ireland Galway

Katerina Dounavi (Examiner)
19 Feb 2019

Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

International Journal of Developmental Disabilities (Journal)

Katerina Dounavi (Peer reviewer)
2018 → …

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

Le congrès de l'autisme

Katerina Dounavi (Participant)
13 Oct 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Francesca degli Espinosa

Katerina Dounavi (Host)
25 Oct 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor


PhD Viva External Examiner, Trinity College Dublin

Katerina Dounavi (Examiner)
21 Jun 2018

Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

Press / Media

Thousands of B.C. children waiting for autism assessment

Amy Tanner & Aikaterini Dounavi


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Wait for autism assessment now more than a year

Amy Tanner & Aikaterini Dounavi


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment


BC researchers studying benefits of early help for children with autism

Amy Tanner (Participant), Katerina Dounavi (Participant)

Impact: Public Policy Impact, Quality of Life Impact