Eleni Soukakou

Eleni Soukakou


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Elena P. Soukakou is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School Education, University of Roehampton, United Kingdom.   Dr. Soukakou has been working in the field of early childhood inclusion and special education for over 15 years as a researcher, early intervention specialist, and consultant in the United States, United Kingdom, and her home country, Greece. Her areas of interest include classroom practices that support inclusion in early childhood, quality assessment in inclusive programs, and models of professional development in early childhood.


Dr. Soukakou is the author of the Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP), a classroom assessment measure designed to assess and support the quality of inclusive practices in early childhood settings. For her research and work on the ICP assessment system, Elena has been awarded in 2013 the Distinguished Early Career Award of the Early Education and Child Development Division of theAmerican Education Research Association.Elena enjoys working collaboratively with students, researchers, practitioners, and leaders in the field to improve the quality of education and care for young children with disabilities and their families.


D. Phil. / Ph.D.

Research interests

Early childhood inclusion; professional development in inclusive and special education; programme quality assessment in inclusive and special education settings; effectiveness of early childhood interventions for children with special education needs.

Professional affiliations

  • American Education Research Association (AERA). Recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Early Career Award of the Early Education and Child Development EE/CD Special Interest Group.
  • Families, Effective Learning and Literacy (FELL) Research Group, Oxford University

Consultancy work

  • Research Consultant, FPG Child Development Institute, North Carolina, US.
  • Consultancy and Professional Development related to inclusion ( Early Years) to Local Authorities, SENCOs, Early years Setting Managers, Practitioners, and Professional Development Providers.