Hanna Kovshoff

Name Hanna Kovshoff
Job Title and Organisation Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology

Doctorate in Educational Psychology Director of Research

Department of Psychology

University of Southampton

Introduction/Background (experience, qualifications, current work/research, etc.) Through my original training in School Psychology at McGill in Canada to my more recent work in Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Southampton in the UK, my focus has consistently been on identifying, understanding, and ameliorating barriers to educational attainment in children and young people with neurodevelopmental conditions. To this end, I use 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.
What does the ACoRNS project mean to you? The co-construction of a research agenda that is set by individuals with autism and their families, educators, and University researchers, is, in my opinion, the only way to effect positive and meaningful educational change for children and young people with autism. ACoRNS is a partnership between all of the key stakeholders, with an overall aim of identifying and disseminating examples of best practice in autism education. I am honoured to be a founding member of this network.
Areas of interest My overall research aims are to translate basic research findings to develop and assess the impact of a range of evidence-based interventions (educational, developmental, behavioural, CBT, parenting, and pharmacological) for children with neurodevelopmental conditions and their families.