Researcher, Applied Psychology, University of Kent

Dr Melina Malli completed her PhD in Applied Psychology at the Tizard Centre in 2018. She has worked as a researcher on various projects and is currently looking at the sensory needs of autistic people in a study by Dr Jill Bradshaw and Dr Damian Milton.

Research interests
Melina's main areas of interest focus on:

Stigma in relation to developmental conditions and more specifically Tourette's syndrome
Social identity of people with developmental disabilities
Inclusive education
Intellectual disability in the age of autism
The sensory needs of autistic people
Melina teaches on the IDD postgraduate course, focusing on qualitative research methods. She also contributes to undergraduate courses teaching about the stigma linked to intellectual and developmental disabilities with a particular focus on Tourette's syndrome.


  • –present
    Researcher, University of Kent


  • 2018 
    University of Kent, Tizard Centre, PhD in Applied Psychology