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Dr Paraskevi Triantafyllopoulou

Lecturer in Intellectual and Developmental Disability


Dr Paraskevi Triantafyllopoulou has a BSc (HONS) in Neuropsychology from the University of Central Lancashire, an MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology and a MRes in Psychology from Oxford Brookes University and a PhD from the University of Kent. Vivi submitted her PhD in 2013 and has been working with people with intellectual disabilities since 2006.

Dr Triantafyllopoulou is the convenor for the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities postgraduate MSc programmes and is teaching on various postgraduate and undergraduate modules. She is also the convenor for a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules as well as the Clinical Psychology module offered by the School of Psychology.  
Dr Triantafyllopoulou has been involved in various research projects (i.e. Ballet Burst; an intervention study to improve health and fitness in people with ID, OFFSCA-ID; Offenders and Social Care - Intellectual Disabilities) and has supervised empirical and non-empirical projects carried out by postgraduate students.
Dr Triantafyllopoulou’s PhD on "Clinical Psychology of Intellectual Disabilities" investigated sleep in adults with intellectual disabilities at the Tizard Centre. She was the successful candidate for the Tizard Centre's scholarship and in the past, has acted as an assistant editor for the Tizard Learning Disability Review


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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Bates, C. and Triantafyllopoulou, P. (2018). Exploring the Impact of Mental Capacity on Breast Screening for Women with Intellectual Disabilities. Health and Social Care in the Community [Online]. Available at:
McCarthy, M. et al. (2018). "Put bluntly, they are targeted by the worst creeps society has to offer": Police and professionals' views and actions relating to domestic violence and women with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities [Online]. Available at:
Murphy, G. et al. (2017). Offenders with intellectual disabilities in prison: what happens when they leave? Journal of Intellectual Disability Research [Online] 61:957-968. Available at:
Triantafyllopoulou, P., Murphy, G. and McGill, P. (2012). Carer's views of sleep disorders in adults with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research [Online] 56:671-671. Available at:
Triantafyllopoulou, P., Wiggs, L. and Bunce, L. (2010). Sleep dif?culties in adults with ID: personal and parental perception. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities [Online] 23:519-519. Available at:
Conference or workshop item
Chiu, P., Triantafyllopoulou, P. and Murphy, G. (2016). Life after release from prison: the experience of ex-offenders with intellectual disabilities. in: 15 World Congress IASSIDD. Wiley, p. .
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. .
Murphy, G. et al. (2016). Life after prison for ex-offenders with intellectual disabilities. in: International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities World Congress. Wiley-Blackwell, p. .
Total publications in KAR: 8 [See all in KAR]


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Current projects

  • Carers' views of sleep disorders in adults with intellectual disabilities. This project was part of Vivi's PhD; its aim to identify the most common sleep problems that carers believe adults with ID tend to experience and to investigate whether the degree of ID affects sleep problems and finally to look at whether the carer's views of the individuals' challenging behaviours correlate with their sleep problems.
  • Psychological sleep treatment for sleep problems in adults with intellectual disabilities. This project was also part of Vivi's PhD and received funding from the Kent Health Strategic Research Development Fund. This was a randomised controlled trial in which psychological treatment for sleep problems for adults with intellectual disabilities was offered and the efficacy of such psychological sleep treatment techniques was assessed by comparing outcome for the treated group to the control group. Any changes in the adult's daytime behaviour in relation to the treatment were also be assessed.
  • Effectiveness of social care for ex-offenders with learning disabilities; a School for Social Care funded research project with Prof Glynis Murphy, Dr Rachel Forrester-Jones, Dr Nick Gore and Dr Jeni Beecham. The project will select people screened positive for learning disabilities in prison and follow them up in the Community to assess their progress and to evaluate the effectiveness and cost of social care input.
  • Effectiveness for CBT for people with Asperger syndrome and social anxiety. This is an NIHR funded project with Prof Glynis Murphy. The aim of the project is to find out whether or not psychological treatments for anxiety can be adapted and used to successfully treat the anxiety experienced by adults with Aspergers syndrome.
  • Ballet Burst; an intervention study to improve the health and fitness in people with ID. This project is conducted in collaboration with Harrow Council and its purpose is to investigate whether ballet improves the health and fitness of people with intellectual disabilities, as well as improving their self-esteem, activity levels and quality of life.
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Dr Triantafyllopoulou has provided consultancy on psychological sleep interventions and awareness of sleep problems in people with learning disabilities to schools and parents of children/adults with intellectual disabilities.

Sleep assessments via the use of objective and subjective measures have been conducted as part of consultancy, looking at the sleep architecture and sleep problems of individuals with ID and/or autism. Dr Triantafyllopoulou has also been delivering autism assessments as part of the Tizard consultancy team.


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Last Updated: 05/12/2018