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I am an Educational Psychologist by background with more than 20 years of applied EP practice. My research focuses on language inequalities, parenting support and education, and early intervention. My research illuminates debates on the importance of oral language by demonstrating that language and communication skills are essential for educational achievement, positive mental health and predictive of long-term outcomes. This research is used as evidence to support interventions included in the Government's Better Communication Research Programme (BCRP, 2012) by pinpointing 'what works' in supporting language learning needs in educational settings. More recently, my research has focused on empowering educational professionals to enhance children's oral language by providing universal whole-school interventions (Supporting Spoken Language in the Classroom Programme, SSLiC).
My latest projects have explored the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Children's Centres, early years transitions to school and children's first year at school.
Methodologically, I am experienced in using both quantitative and qualitative research methods and much of my research uses a mixed-methods approach.
I welcome applications from prospective PhD students with shared interests.
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1/03/21 → 31/12/21
Examining the impact of COVID-19 on Children’s Centres in Bristol: lessons for policy, practice and promoting life chances in the early years.
1/09/20 → 31/03/21
20/06/20 → 19/12/20
The peer relations of pupils with special educational needs in mainstream primary schools: The importance of meaningful contact and interaction with peersPinto, C., Baines, E. & Bakopoulou, I., 1 Dec 2019, In: British Journal of Educational Psychology. 89, 4, p. 818-837 20 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile8 Citations (Scopus)230 Downloads (Pure)
Bowles, D., Radford, J. & Bakopoulou, I., 1 Sep 2018, In: British Journal of Educational Psychology. 88, 3, p. 499-512 14 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile7 Citations (Scopus)1165 Downloads (Pure)
An examination of the peer relations of pupils with and without Special Educational Needs in mainstream schoolsBakopoulou, I., Baines, E. & Pinto, C., 2017, (In preparation) British Journal of Educational Psychology.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned report