In my PhD, I am investigating the social and academic inclusion of adolescents with and without visual impairments. The current research is being carried out within the context of two major theoretical approaches: socioecological theory and social cognitive theory. My two supervisors are Dr Fiona Barlow-Brown (Associate Professor in Psychology) and Professor Evanthia Lyons (Head of the School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences).
Additionally, we have recently undertaken a new research project with my supervisor, Dr. Fiona Barlow-Brown, in order to evaluate the role that rehabilitation services play in the academic learning and socioemotional development of children and adolescents with visual impairments. This project has been funded by the the National Lottery Community Fund and Sight for Surrey.
I am a Psychology Researcher and Seminar Leader at Kingston University. I have a Degree in Primary Education and a Masters in Special Education. I have certified qualifications in Braille and my Master's dissertation was about the academic and social inclusion of students with visual impairment in higher education. Visual impairment has been my field of expertise for the last seven years with a focus on social inclusion. I have undertaken a number of research projects examining the inclusion of students with visual impairments in higher education, the development of social skills in students with visual impairments, the provision of social support in mainstream and special settings and the role of rehabilitation services in the academic learning and socioemotional development of young children and adolescents with visual impairments.
I am an Associate Fellow of the Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy) and a peer-reviewer in the British Journal of Visual Impairment (BJVI).
Manitsa, I. & Doikou, M. (in press). Social support for students with visual impairments in educational institutions: An integrative literature review. British Journal of Visual Impairment.
Manitsa, I., Barlow-Brown, F., & Lyons, E. (2019). Self-concept of adolescents with visual impairments. British Journal of Visual Impairment, 38(2), 160-167. https://doi.org/10.1177/0264619619883900
Manitsa, I. (2020, May). Social inclusion of adolescents with visual impairments: From Research to Practice. VIEW: The professional association of the vision impairment education workforce.
Manitsa, I. (2019, April). Social Inclusion. Developing Minds: Exploring Cognitive Diversity. http://bit.do/aprilnewsletter2019
Manitsa, Ifigeneia, Barlow-Brown, Fiona and Lyons, Evanthia (2019) Self-concept of adolescents with visual impairments. British Journal of Visual Impairment, ISSN (print) 0264-6196 (Epub Ahead of Print)
Manitsa, Ifigeneia, Barlow-Brown, Fiona and Lyons, Evanthia (2019) Self-concept in adolescents with visual impairments. In: 10th Annual Faculty Research Conference: Contemporary Issues in Business and Social Sciences in a period of uncertainty; 03 - 04 Jun 2019, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)