Dr Ola Demkowicz

Lecturer in Psychology of Education

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My research focuses on adolescent mental health, with a particular focus on risk and resilience processes - that is, the mechanisms underlying risk and inequality in mental health symptoms as well as the factors and processes that may mitigate such vulnerabilities. Within this, I am also interested in gendered mental health patterns and experiences and how these fit into broader societal contexts and expectations. I am a mixed methods researcher with a particular interest in how multiple methods can be blended to create a fuller understanding of mental health mechanisms, and I have a keen interest and expertise in in the ethical and social responsibilities involved in research with children and young people. I have led and contributed to research projects funded by organisations including the The National Lottery Community Fund, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, the National Institute for Health and Care Research, and the Education Endowment Foundation. 

I have been based at the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE) since 2016. I have a professional background in education, particularly with young children and with an emphasis on social and emotional development and family support, and I am a Chartered Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society. I co-convene the MIE 'Education and Psychology' research group and the MIE special interest group 'Mental Health and Education', and I co-lead the MIE qualitative research network. I am an Honorary Research Fellow at the Evidence Based Practice Unit (a collaboration between University College London and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families). I teach predominantly on the MEd Psychology of Education and the BSc Educational Psychology.


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