Georgia Pavlopoulou

PhD, MSc, Bed

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Submitted publications and publications under revision (please do not cite without permission)

Pavlopoulou G., Dimitriou D. (submitted) Autism through their eyes: Sisters’ experiences, perspectives  and needs.

Pavlopoulou G., Dimitriou D. (in prep) A view through a different lens: Capturing the sibling experience of children with a diagnosis of autism via photo narratives.

Pavlopoulou G., Dimitriou D. (in prep) Building equitable research partnerships with autistic children, teens and adults : Do we walk the talk? 

Pavlopoulou G., Dimitriou D., Mills R. (in prep) Personal accounts of sleep in autism by autistic teens.

Pavlopoulou G., Dimitriou D. (in prep) Participatory research and public engagement approaches in sleep research in autism: Experiences and reflections. 



Pavlopoulou, G., & Dimitriou, D. (2019). ‘I don't live with autism; I live with my sister’. Sisters’ accounts on growing up with their preverbal autistic siblings. Research in developmental disabilities, 88, 1-15.

Book chapters

Pavlopoulou G (in prep)., Creative Hopelessness and Beyond: My Lived Experience as a Full-Time Professional and Part-Time, Non-Native, Research Student in the UK, in Scholars in the Making: Cross-Cultural Reflections on Learning, Identity and Professionalism, London, UCL 

Pavlopoulou G., Notas S. (2015) Growing up with an autistic brother or sister: A Model for Engaging Siblings Based on Mentalizing. In: Progress in Autism Research. From Theory to Practise. Society of Parent and Guardians with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Larissa, Greece

Sample of peer -reviewed conference presentations

IMFAR, May 2018, Rotterdam. A view through a different lens : Capturing the sibling experience of autistic children (oral)

World Sleep Congress, October 2017, Prague. Sleep of sisters growing up with an autistic brother or sister (poster)

World Sleep Congress, October 2017. Sleep dependent learning and memory consolidation in autistic and non-autistic children (poster)

 IMFAR, May 2017 San Francisco. Through Their Eyes: Sisters' Experiences Growing up with a Preverbal Sibling with Autism (oral)

XI Autism-Europe International Congress, September 2016 Edinburgh. Sisters’ experiences(oral)

21rst International Congress of Psychology and Psychiatry, May 2016 Athens. Adolescent siblings’ experiences of autism (oral)

Co-chairing Symposium: Children and Families

Northern Ireland Branch of The British Psychological Society- 60th Anniversary Annual Conference, March 2016 Dundalk Sisters’ experiences and environmental settings of growing up with a sibling with  a diagnosis of autism (oral)

2nd  International Congress in Autism theory and practice, May 2015, Larissa. A Model for Engaging Siblings Based on Mentalizing theory (oral)

4th Int’l Regional Conference of Society on Early Intervention to Promote Child Development and Mental Health: From Institutional Care to Family Environment July 2013 St. Petersburg. Shifting from a ‘power over’ to a ‘power through’ perspective: The example of a Mental Health Unit for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Greece (oral)

5th Zoodochos Pigi Symposium for Autism, April 2013 Crete. Mentalizing theory in our clinical work with siblings (oral) Co-chairing Symposium: Parenting in Autism

3rd Int’l Conference on Education and Educational Psychology October 2012. Istanbul Overview and preliminary study on siblings’ experiences (oral)

16th Int'l Conference of Association of Psychology & Psychiatry for Adults & Children: Neuropsychiatric, Psychological and Social Updates and Challenges. May 2011 Athens. Barriers and facilitating factors in play interactions among mothers and their young children with a diagnosis of Autism (oral)

Co-chairing Symposium : Parenting and Alternative Therapeutic Techniques

4th Clinical and Community Psychology/Health Psychology and Public Health, November 2010 Athens. Community based Units for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders : A review of Good Practices and examples from a decentralised Mental Health unit.

3rd Scientific Conference of Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology, November 2010, Thessaloniki.  Examination of every day mother-child interaction as a source of stress in families with Autism (oral)

10th Panhellenic Conference of Psychological Research, December 2005, Giannena. Longitudinal case study of a child with autism: Application of an interactional family intervention approach (oral)

Invited talks and CPD training days

May 2018, Cavendish Education, London. Evidence review of family experiences,needs and perspectives in families with Autism

March 2028, CIDDR, Division of Psychiatry UCL, London. The missing voice in autism family research : The autistic sibling


March 2018, Centre of Inclusive Education UCL, London. Siblings' experiences of autism

December 2017, Private Speech and Language Therapy Centre, Kalamata : Parenting an autistic child: experiential seminar talk for parents.

November 2017 Psychology and Human Development Departmental talks IOE-UCL: I don’t live with autism, I live with my family. Siblings’ experiences

September 2017 Lilas Lab IOE-UCL: Towards a participatory framework in sleep research in neurodevelopmental conditions

September 2017 NHS, Autism Unit Messenias Prefecture: Good practices in Autism: Transition programmes for preverbal teens with Autism in community based centres.

May 2017 Arts and Education Centre, Kalamata : Photovoice exhibition and talk on siblings experiences

February 2017 NHS Pediatric OT East London Foundation Trust:  Family empowerment and wellbeing through synergy for children on the spectrum and their families

December 2016 NHS, Autism Unit Messenias Prefecture: Good practices in autism: Working in groups with children with complex Autism

November 2016 NAS, Sibyl Elgar, Acton: Sisters’ experiences growing up with a brother or sister on the spectrum

October 2016 Post-Grad Group, IOE-UCL: An overview of my PhD studies

September 2016 Lilas Lab, IOE-UCL: Sisters’ experiences and priorities

October 2014 NHS, Autism Unit Messenia’s Prefecture PGR seminar day IOE-UCL: A literature review of siblings experiences

July 2014 NHS, Autism Unit Messenia’s Prefecture Parental wellbeing in families with a child on the spectrum

May 2014  NHS, Autism Unit Messenia’s Prefecture Issues to consider in psychoeducation and counselling with parents of a child in the spectrum

June 2014 NHS, Autism Unit Messenia’s Prefecture : A series of 8 talks on different thematic units around autism for parents and professionals

October 2013 : NHS, Psychiatric Service for the Child and the Family, Athens : Mentalizing model for siblings

November 2013 : University of Peloponnese, Department of Special Education : Good practices in Autism Education and Community based services

October 2012 : Local Educational Authorities gathering, Peloponnese The role of the special education teacher in the autism classroom

October 2009-2011 : University of Patras, Domain of Cognitive and Differential Analysis : A series of seminar talks on for mainstream and special teachers

Media coverage (links)

More than 10 tv appearances and newspaper interviews in local and national news on issues around inclusion, autism, aprenting and special education

Events’ Organiser

June 2019: Organiser of the first UCL World Sleep Day funded by UCL culture and the John and Lorna Wing Foundation. 

February 2018 :Co-organiser of  the 1st Sibling Research Group in Great Ormond Hospital

2010-2013 : Day centre, Messenia’s Prefecture : Run for Autism, Bike and skateboard workshop for children on the spectrum, Cook for Autism, Arts Workshop for children on the Spectrum, Autism Awareness for mainstream schools, Volunteers training in Autism


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25 Woburn Square 

London, WC1H 0AA

United Kingdom

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