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Ms Melanie Howell

PhD Student


Melanie is a full time PhD student at the Tizard Centre, supervised by Peter Langdon and Jill Bradshaw. Her PhD research focuses on the educational assessment of pupils with autism. She completed her MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis at Queen's University Belfast (2016), her PGCE with Portsmouth University's SCITT programme (2012) and holds an LLB (Hons) from University of Sussex (2010). 


Melanie has worked in a variety of roles with children with autism including as a teacher in a school for pupils with severe and complex needs and as one-to-one home and outreach support. Her interest in autism began with her pesonal experience of growing up with a brother with autism. She has also worked with adults with special needs in Australia, volunteered in a special school in Ghana and visited an Autism Centre in Nepal.
Melanie is also undertaking teaching responsibilities at the Tizard Centre as part of the Tizard Centre PhD scholarship.


Melanie's research interest lies in improving educational assessment of pupils with autism and her PhD research focuses on methods of assessing the progress of pupils within autism in specialist education settings.

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Last Updated: 10/10/2017