Professor, Deputy Head of the Department
Maria is a Professor at the International Hellenic University (IHU), Department of Early Childhood Education & Care. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Education, University of Oxford where she worked for 18 years until the end of April 2018 http://www.education.ox.ac.uk/research/fell/. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her research has focused on the evaluation of early childhood interventions; the development of children at risk of educational underachievement; the language and literacy development in early years; parenting education and support; the effects of home learning environment; early years professional development; and the role of evidence-based practices in education. Her methodological expertise covers longitudinal studies, quasi-experimental designs, mixed methods, and systematic reviews. She has published more than 70 papers and reports and has a citation index of more than 1400. Since the beginning of her academic career she received more than £5,000, 000 in her role as Principal Investigator, co-investigator, and researcher in more than 25 research projects. She supervised to completion 14 doctoral theses. She frequently reviews papers for national and international journals. She reviews research grant applications and end of an award reports.