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Dr Hanna Kovshoff BA, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology

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Dr Hanna Kovshoff is a Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology at the University of Southampton.

BA (Psychology) - McGill University (Canada)

Masters (School and Applied Child Psychology) - McGill University, (Supervisor - Professor Jake Burack) Thesis Title: The development of global and local perception: Evidence from selective and divided attention tasks

PhD (Psychology) - University of Southampton (Supervisors - Professor Bob Remington and Professor Richard Hastings) Thesis Title: The development of joint attention in preschool aged children with autism: The effects of early intensive behavioural intervention.

Research interests

I use quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate (1) cognitive mechanisms linked to developmental outcomes (i.e., social development and educational achievement) associated with disorders in developmental psychopathology (2) to translate basic research findings to develop and assess the impact of a range of interventions (developmental, behavioural, parenting, and pharmacological) on children with neurodevelopmental conditions and their families.

Affiliate research group

Centre for Innovation in Mental Health (CiMH)

Research Director for the Doctorate in Educational Psychology

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Book Chapters

  • Hadwin, J. A., & Kovshoff, H. (Accepted/In press). Overview. In P. Howlin, S. Baron-Cohen, & J. A. Hadwin (Eds.), Teaching Children with Autism to Mind-Read: the workbook UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Kovshoff, H., Grindle, C. F., & Hastings, R. (2006). Autism: psychological perspectives. In C. A. Essau (Ed.), Child and Adolescent Psychopathology: Theoretical and Clinical Implications (pp. 246-270). London, UK: Routledge Psychology Press.


Doctorate in Educational Psychology:

  • Research Director for the Doctorate in Educational Psychology
  • Module coordinator for Small Scale Research Project (PSYC8021), Evidence Based Practice (PSYC6127), and the Research Thesis (PSYC8022) on the Doctorate in Educational Psychology; Joint module coordinator for Dissemination and User Engagement (with Catherine Brignell – PSYC8039)

Undergraduate Programme:

  • Module Coordinator (Joint with Jana Kreppner) for Developmental Psychology (PSYC2007)
  • I also teach on Thinking Psychologically (PSYC1005) and Developmental Psychopathology (PSYC3053), Literature review (PSYC3003) and Empirical Project (PSYC3005)


Supervision of students in BSc Psychology, MSc programmes, Doctorate in Educational/Clinical Psychology, and PhD programmes.

Dr Hanna Kovshoff
Room number: 44/3075

Room Number: 44/3075

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