Despina Papoudi


External positions

, Faculty of Early Childhood Education, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens



Education/Academic qualification

  • Master of Education, University of Bristol

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh, The

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Crete, Greece

Professional Qualifications

  • Licensed psychologist in Greece,

    1999 -

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Despina Papoudi’s research approaches autism from a developmental perspective, which includes issues of educational provision and educational practices. Her research interests include:

Communication and play in typical and atypical development.
Psycho-educational interventions with a particular focus on communication and play.
Teachers’ beliefs and practices regarding autism and inclusive education.
Preschool teachers’ beliefs and practices regarding play and literacy.
Parents’ beliefs and participation in children’s play.
Human intersubjectivity and cultural learning and applications in typical and atypical development, education and therapy.