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Melina Malli

Research Assistant & PhD Student


Melina is working as a Research Assistant investigating the impact austerity has had on services for those with intellectual disabilities and pursuing her PhD in Applied Psychology at the Tizard Centre.

Melina is a Special Educational Teacher (QTS). She obtained her BSc and first Master's Degree as a government funded student from the School of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her experience in working with children with special educational needs impelled her to continue her studies and gain her second Master's degree in Special Needs and Inclusion Education at the University of Sunderland. After starting her PhD studies, Melina obtained her postgraduate diploma in Methods of Social Research from the University of Kent.

Melina's interest is focused on Tourette's syndrome and the less socially favourable position of the children within the school environment. Her awareness of Tourette's syndrome arose from her personal experience as a secondary teacher in a Special School. The social ostracism some children endure as a result of their tics motivated her to evaluate the existing interventions that are currently being used to ameliorate the stigmatisation of Tourette's syndrome.


Melina teaches on the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities postgraduate course, focusing on qualitative research methods. She also contributes to undergraduate courses, teaching about the stigma linked to intellectual and developmental disabilities with a particular focus on Tourette’s syndrome.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Malli, M. et al. (2018). Austerity and the lives of people with learning disabilities. A thematic synthesis of current literature. Disability & Society [Online]. Available at:
Malli, M. and Forrester-Jones, R. (2016). "I'm not being rude, I'd want somebody normal" Adolescents' perception of their peers with Tourette's syndrome; an exploratory study. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities [Online] 29:279-305. Available at:
Malli, M., Forrester-Jones, R. and Murphy, G. (2015). Stigma in youth with Tourette's syndrome: a systematic review and synthesis. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry [Online] 25:127-139. Available at:
Conference or workshop item
Triantafyllopoulou, P. et al. (2016). Ballet Burst: an intervention study to improve health and fitness in people with intellectual disabilities. in: 15 World Congress IASSIDD. Wiley, p. .
Total publications in KAR: 4 [See all in KAR]
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Melina has an interest in Tourette’s syndrome and how the condition may impact individuals’ personhood and social identity. She is currently the principal investigator of the SSCR funded project The Social Care needs of Adults with Tourette’s syndrome:  An exploratory study.

Current Research Projects

  • The Social Care needs of Adults with Tourette’s syndrome:  An exploratory study (Principal Investigator, SSCR)
  • Intellectual disability in the age of austerity (Research Assistant, SSCR)

Past Research Projects

  • Ballet Burst: an intervention study to improve the health and fitness in people with ID (Research Assistant, Harrow Council)
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Last Updated: 11/10/2017