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Hanna Kovshoff

(University of Southampton, UK)



"Educational transitions for autistic children across the developmental trajectory: Using participatory methods to extend and challenge the current evidence base"

Hanna Kovshoff is Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology in the Centre for Innovation in Mental Health (CIMH) at the University of Southampton. Through her original training in School Psychology at McGill in Canada to her more recent work in Developmental Psychopathology, the focus of her research has consistently been on identifying, understanding, and ameliorating barriers to educational attainment in children and young people with neurodevelopmental differences. To this end, Dr Kovshoff uses quantitative and qualitative methods to explore the social and cognitive mechanisms linked to developmental outcomes for the promotion of psychological well-being in families and schools. Most recently, Dr Kovshoff has co-led the development of the Autism Community Research Network @ Southampton (ACoRNS – http://acornsnetwork.org.uk), a unique education-focused initiative that brings together researchers and practitioners to jointly develop projects of direct relevance to autism practice and policy. ACoRNS focuses on the transitions and trajectories of children and young people on the autism spectrum, and places the child’s voice at the centre of this work.

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