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Dr Katie Howard

Dr Katie Howard

Lecturer in Education and Psychology


 +44 (0) 1392 722231

 North Cloisters NC118


North Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Before joining the School of Education, I worked as Academic Lead and Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Exeter, focusing my teaching on mental health in educational settings and the trailblazer Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHP) training programme. Prior to this, I completed a PhD in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at the University of Cambridge, investigating the interaction between autism and bilingualism as part of the MEITS project . My research sought to illuminate the school experiences of bilingual children on the autism spectrum. It also aimed to delineate the perspectives of parents and educational practitioners, adopting a multi-informant, phenomenological approach. Before undertaking research, I worked as a secondary school teacher in Modern Foreign Languages, a mentor for students with disabilities and mental health difficulties, and a translation trainee at the European Parliament. Drawing on these varied experiences, my teaching at the School of Education focuses on mental health, developmental conditions and language education.


PhD in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (University of Cambridge) 

MSc in Learning and Teaching (University of Oxford) 

PGCE(M) in Modern Foreign Languages (School Direct)


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Research interests

My research interests fall at the intersection between education, mental health, multilingualism and developmental psychology, and have led to my involvement in a range of interdisciplinary research projects, most recently exploring bilingualism and wellbeing in the family setting.


Journal articles

Amankwah D, Howard K (2024). “English on a pedestal”: the language attitudes and practices of African migrant bilingual parents and early years professionals in the U.K. English in Education, 1-19.
Pritchard-Rowe E, de Lemos C, Howard K, Gibson J (2023). Diversity in Autistic Play: Autistic Adults' Experiences. Autism in Adulthood
Howard KB (2023). Supporting learners with special educational needs and disabilities in the foreign languages classroom. Support for Learning, 38(3), 154-161. Abstract.
Oudet S, Howard K, Durrleman S (2022). Early years autism and bilingualism: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of parent perceptions during lockdown. Autism & Developmental Language Impairments, 7, 239694152211387-239694152211387. Abstract.
Müller L-M, Howard K, Wilson E, Gibson J, Katsos N (2020). Bilingualism in the family and child well-being: a scoping review. International Journal of Bilingualism, 24(5-6), 1049-1070. Abstract.
Howard K, Gibson J, Katsos N (2020). Parental Perceptions and Decisions Regarding Maintaining Bilingualism in Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 51(1), 179-192. Abstract.
Howard KB, Katsos N, Gibson JL (2020). Practitioners' perspectives and experiences of supporting bilingual pupils on the autism spectrum in two linguistically different educational settings. British Educational Research Journal, 47(2), 427-449. Abstract.
Howard KB, Katsos N, Gibson JL (2019). The school experiences of bilingual children on the autism spectrum: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 87, 9-20.
Howard K, Katsos N, Gibson J (2019). Using interpretative phenomenological analysis in autism research. Autism, 23(7), 1871-1876. Abstract.
Howard K (2017). A Critical Study of Motivation and Social Constructivism in the Modern Foreign Languages Classroom. Student Teacher Perspectives, 4, 34-41.

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I teach on the following modules at the School of Education:

MSc Psychology (Conversion) (Online and Campus programmes)

ERPM006: Cognitive and Developmental Psychology

ERPM008: Children and Young People’s Mental Health

PSYM220: Research Project 

MA Education Online

EFPM013Z Introduction to Educational Enquiry

EFPM004Z1 Understanding Learning: Global Perspectives


EFPM239 TESOL Dissertation 



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