Durham University

School of Education

Staff Profile

Maria Katsipataki, PhD

Research Associate in the School of Education

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Maria Katsipataki is a Research Associate in the School of Education working on an Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)-funded project which involves the investigation of the relative impact of different EEF projects as well as other school-based interventions using meta-analysis, tracking of pupil progress using the National Pupil Database (NPD) and also contributes to an analysis of existing research evidence for the development of the “Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit”. 

Maria gained a BA in Psychology from the American College of Greece in Athens followed by an MSc in Reading, Language and Cognition from the University of York. Following this Maria worked as a literacy-support tutor in various areas of London helping children with learning difficulties. Maria completed her PhD at Durham University investigating the relationship of a newly developed motor skills intervention with academic performance in the early years.

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2013: Inspiration for Government award:

    Dr Katsipataki received the Inspiration for Government award (awarded by the Institute for Government) for her work on the Sutton Trust - EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit.

Research Interests

  • Impact of Early Years interventions on cognitive and academic outcomes
  • Relationship between the brain and motor skills
  • Developmental changes in childhood
  • Developmental psychology and learning difficulties
  • Evidence-based educational interventions

Research Groups

Research Projects


Journal Article

Chapter in book

  • Kokotsaki, D. & Katsipataki, M. (2014). Motor Skill Acquisition. In Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Encyclopedia. Thompson, W.F. Sage Publications. 713-714.