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Vaso Totsika



Associate Professor


Centre for Education Studies
University of Warwick
Tel: 024 765 22185

Research Interests

  • intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) including autism spectrum disorders
  • developmental outcomes of children with an IDD -parenting and parental well-being in relation to physical and mental health
  • well-being and quality of life of adults with an IDD
  • quantitative methods, especially longitudinal analyses
  • systematic reviews and meta-analyses

View Vaso's publications on the University of Warwick Publications service.


Vaso has a background in Psychology and is a researcher in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. She joined the University of Warwick in 2013, moving from a post as a Lecturer in Psychology and Research Tutor at the North Wales Clinical Psychology Programme.

Currently, Vaso is an Associate Professor in a joint post with the Centre for Education Studies (CES) and the Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research (CEDAR).

Vaso is a Chartered Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

She is currently an Associate Editor for the journal Research in Developmental Disabilities (2015- ) and an Associate Editor for Frontiers in Education: Special Educational Needs (2016- ).

Research Projects

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  • Priday, Lee, Byrne, Christopher, Totsika, Vasiliki, 2016. Behavioural interventions for sleep problems in people with an intellectual disability : a systematic review and meta-analysis of single case and group studies. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, View
  • Totsika, Vasiliki, Hastings, Richard P., Vagenas, Dimitrios, Emerson, Eric, 2014. Parenting and the behaviour problems of young children with an intellectual disability : concurrent and longitudinal relationships in a population-based study. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Volume 119 (Number 1), pp. 422-435, View
  • Totsika, Vasiliki, Hastings, Richard P., Emerson, Eric, Lancaster, Gillian A., Berridge, Damon, Vagenas, Dimitrios, 2013. Is there a bidirectional relationship between maternal well-being and child behavior problems in autism spectrum disorders? Longitudinal analysis of a population-defined sample of young children. Autism Research, Volume 6 (Number 3), pp. 201-211, View
  • Totsika, Vasiliki, Toogood, Sandy, Hastings, Richard P., 2008. Active support : development, evidence base, and future directions. International Review of Research in Mental Retardation, Volume 35, pp. 205-249, View

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Post Graduate Supervision

  • Implementation and Evaluation of Positive Behaviour Support for individuals with Challenging Behaviours
  • Mental health of children with autism and intellectual disability.
  • Positive perceptions in parents of children with intellectual disability
  • Impact of raising children with intellectual disability on the family system
  • Emotional and behaviour problems in children with a developmental disability

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