Margarita Panayiotou

Margarita Panayiotou


Personal profile


I am a Lecturer in B.Sc Educational Psychology at Manchester Institute of Education. I joined MIE in 2016 where I worked for 4 years as a statistical analyst on multiple large-scale mental health school-based interventions (PATHS, GBG, HeadStart). My background is in mental health and for the past four years I have focused on adolescent mental health. My research interests include measurement and psychometric analyses, the assessment of social media and its impact on adolescents' mental health and wellbeing. 

After completing my M.A. in Psychology at the University of Cyprus (2007-2011) I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh (2011-2015) where I focused on the revision of the WHOQOL-BREF quality of life measure. 


Methodological knowledge

I am a quantitative researcher working mainly with Mplus and R. Statistical analysis is my happy place.

I have knowledge on structural equation modeling, monte carlo simulation and network analysis. Some of the analyses I use are multilevel modeling, latent class analysis, complier average causal effect, latent panel and panel networks, and all things psychometrics (IRT, measurement invariance, exploratory graph/factor analysis). 


Other research

Research Projects

2020: Covid-19, Social media and mental health (Principal Investigator)

2016-2023: HeadStart national evaluation project (Analyst within Summative Evaluations strand; funded by the National Lottery Community Fund)

2017-2020: The Good Behaviour Game (Statistical advisor and analyst; funded by the NIHR)

2012-2017: The Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) curriculum (Analyst; funded by the NIHR)


MIE SEM group

I initiated the MIE SEM group in 2018 to bring together researchers with an interest in structural equation modeling. We deliver seminars and meet multiple times a year to discuss progress and collaborative projects. This is one of our collaborative papers: 

Feel free to contact me, if you'd like to join our little group.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 23 Nov 2016

B.A. Psychology, University of Cyprus

Award Date: 30 Jun 2011

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


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