Dr Ola Demkowicz

Lecturer in Psychology of Education

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Overview

I am a Lecturer in Psychology of Education in the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE). I came to MIE in 2014 to study for an MEd in Psychology of Education and later returned to undertake a PhD in Education, before taking up a lectureship in the department. I have a professional background working in education, with particular experience in supporting children's emotional wellbeing and working with families from vulnerable backgrounds.

My research interests are generally centred around child and adolescent mental health. I am particularly interested in risk and resilience processes in this context - that is, who is at risk of experiencing mental health symptoms, and why, alongside what factors and processes may mitigate such vulnerabilities. I am also interested in gendered mental health patterns and experiences and how these fit into broader societal contexts and expectations. Methodologically, I am a mixed methods researcher and have a particular interest in how multiple methods can be blended to create a fuller understanding of mental health patterns and experiences. Alongside my role in MIE, I am an honorary researcher at the Evidence Based Practice Unit (a collaboration between University College London and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families). 

I teach on MIE's MEd Psychology of Education programme, particularly around social psychology, research principles and methods, and developmental psychology, alongside contributions to other programmes including our BSc in Educational Psychology.

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