Email
    nkargas@lincoln.ac.uk
    Telephone
    01522 88 6726
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    University of Lincoln
    Brayford Pool
    Lincoln
    Lincolnshire
    LN6 7TS
    United Kingdom

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    Dr Niko Kargas

    Senior Lecturer

    School of Psychology
    College of Social Science

    About Niko Kargas

    My main research focus is on understanding the role of sensory sensitivities in the expression of autistic behaviours and abilities. This information could facilitate the development of easy to implement and effective person-centred strategies for enriching the life quality of people on the autism spectrum and their families.

    I am currently engaged on the design, development, deployment and evaluation of innovative:
    - Individualised interactive educational technologies for children with/without Special Educational Needs (SEN) and/ or Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC)
    - Person-centred employment support services for people with SEN and/or ASC

    I would be interested to supervise students on any of the topics listed in my research interests.

    Department Responsibilities

    Lectures on Development in Context (Level 1)
    Module co-ordinator for Psychological Literacy and Work Experience (Level 2)
    Research group tutor Research Skills 2 (Level 2)
    Lectures on Autism Spectrum Disorders (Level 3)
    IS project supervision (Level 3)
    MSc & PhD thesis supervision
    Personal tutor for undergraduate students
    Summer Scientist week co-organiser
    Member of Athena Swan working group
    Member of Social Science - Enterprise working group

    Subject Specialism

    Autism, Developmental Psychology, Sensory & Cognitive processing, Language & Communication, Employment

    Qualifications

    • PhD in Psychology — University of Portsmouth, 2014
    • MSc in Psychological Research Methods — University of Dundee, 2011
    • BSc in Psychology — University of Abertay Dundee, 2010

    External Activities and Consultancy

    As an autism specialist consultant, I use my research to develop innovative autism appropriate services and practices as well as to create autism friendly environments. Specifically, I provide strategic planning and service development to:
    - Regional statutory agencies such as the Department for Work and Pensions (i.e., JobCentre Plus) and the Lincolnshire County Council, in which I am member of the Autism Partnership Board
    - Community Groups such as the Linkage Community Trust
    - Tourism and hospitality enterprises such as Psychagogia Sensory Integration Holidays Ltd
    - Education & Art Technology Companies such as Seeper Ltd

    Research Interests

    Research Group Memberships

    Research Projects

    • The immersionBOX: An immersive educational tool that transforms learning and community spaces into interactive multi-sensory environments for learners with special educational needs and/or autism. — Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Innovate UK in 2017
    • Can you teach an old ear new tricks? The effects of acoustic attributes of a native language on auditory processing skills and non-native speech perception in native English and Mandarin Chinese speak — British Academy in 2016
    • Autism Centre for Employment — Department of Health in 2015

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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