Dr. Potheini Vaiouli

School : School of Humanities, Social and Education Sciences
Position : Lecturer, Music Education and Music Therapy

Dr. Potheini Vaiouli Mailing Address

22713118 22713118

Email: P.Vaiouli@euc.ac.cy P.Vaiouli@euc.ac.cy


Dr. Potheini Vaiouli is a lecturer in Music Education and Music Therapy in the School of Arts and Education Sciences. She earned her Ph.D. in music and special education at Indiana University Bloomington and a Masters of Arts in Music Therapy at New York University, NY. She has taught at Indiana University and Purdue University prior to coming to Cyprus. Her primary teaching responsibilities include courses in early childhood music education, music therapy, services and interventions for young children with special needs, and research methodology. Dr. Vaiouli’s primary research interest focus on the use of music as a tool for supporting young children at risk and their families. Specifically she is interested in promoting music as an instructional tool in inclusive early childhood settings, the social and academic growth of young children with ASD, and family partnerships.


  • Ph.D. Indiana University, 2014
  • M.A New York University, 2009
  • B.A. Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2002


  • 2015-2016  Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Music Therapy, family-based intervention to promote engagement and language acquisition of young children with autism. University of Thessaly, Greece.
  • 2013-2014 Principal Investigator, Promoting Engagement and Early Literacy Skills for young Children: A Music Therapy Approach. Indiana University, Bloomington, US
  • 2012-2014 Assistant Researcher, Children’s School Success Plus (CSS+). Institute of Education Sciences. Principal Investigators: Eva Horn, Ho-Directors: Susan Palmer, Joan Lieber, and Gretchen Butera ($1,499,852).
  • 2010-2011 Principal Investigator, The Effect of a Music Therapy Intervention on the Joint Attention Skills of Three Young Children with ASD Indiana University, Bloomington, US


Articles in refereed journals

  • Vaiouli, P., Friesen, A. (2016). The Magic of Music: Using Songs to Engage Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Early Literacy Activities with their Peers. Childhood Education, 92(2), 126-133
  • Βαϊούλη, Π. (2015). Δημιουργικότητα, μουσική και μάθηση: Συνεργασία με εκπαιδευτικούς άλλων ειδικοτήτων. Φούλιας Ι., Βούναρης Π., Κίτσιος Γ. και Χάρδας Κ. (επιμ.), Μουσική και Μουσικολογία. Παρόν και μέλλον (Πρακτικά διατμηματικού συνεδρίου), Ελληνική Μουσικολογική Εταιρεία, Θεσσαλονίκη 2015 [ISBN 978-618-82210-0-0].
  • Vaiouli, P., Grimmet, K., Ruich, L., (2015). “Bill is now singing”: Joint engagement and the emergence of social communication of three young children with autism. Autism, 19 (1), 73-83
  • Vaiouli, P., & Ogle, L. (2015). Music Strategies to Promote Engagement and Academic Growth of Young Children with ASD in the Inclusive Classroom. Young Exceptional Children18(2), 19-28.
  • Vaiouli, P. (2014). Joint engagement for toddlers at risk with autism: A family, music-therapy intervention. Music Therapy Perspectives, 32(2), 193-193.
  • Schertz, H. H., Reichow, B., Tan, P., Vaiouli, P., & Yildirim, E. (2012). Interventions for Toddlers With Autism Spectrum Disorders An Evaluation of Research Evidence. Journal of Early Intervention, 34(3), 166-189.
  • Tan, P., Vaiouli, P., Ochoa, T.A., (2011). Emotional and behavioral disorders: Promoting prevention and positive interventions in school settings. Center for Evaluation Education Policy, 9(5), 1-12. 

Chapters in books

  • Butera, G., Friesen, A., Mihai, A., Vaiouli, P., (2016). “Partnering with Families to Support Children’s School Success” In Horn, E., Palmer, S., Butera, G., Lieber, J.,Children’s School Success: A Framework for Inclusive Early Education. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.
  • Βαϊούλη, Π., Ψαλτοπούλου, Ν. (2014). «Η Μουσικοθεραπεία στην Ειδική Αγωγή». Γιώτης, Λ.,  Μαραβέλης, Δ., Πανταγούτσου, Α., Γιαννούλη, Ε., (Εκδ.), Η Συμβολή Των Ψυχοθεραπειών Μέσω Τέχνης Στην Ψυχιατρική Θεραπευτική.
  •  Ochoa, T. A., Vaiouli, P. (2012). “Should educators have more training in the identification and treatment of internalizing maladaptive disorders" In Eckes, S. C. J. Russo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Education Law. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.


  • Vaiouli,P., Andreou G. (July, 2016). "Sing along!": Language development through music for young children with autism. Paper presented at the 10th European Music Therapy Conference in Vienna, Austria – A Symphony of Dialogues.
  • Childress, D., Vaiouli P., (2014). The Role of Special Instruction in Early Intervention. DEC position statement, Council of Exceptional Children, Early Childhood Division, DEC executive board. Retrieved here
  • Friesen A., Butera G., Mihai A., Vaiouli P., (2013). Building Families’ Capacity to Promote Early Literacy Development: A Multiple Case Study of Three Families. Online Paper Repository, American Education Research Association (AERA), US.
  • Vaiouli, P., Schertz, H. (2012). Promoting Social Engagement for Young Children with Autism: a Music Therapy Approach. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition and the 8th Triennial Conference of the European Society  for the Cognitive Sciences of Music. (Ed.). Cambouropoulos E., Tsougras C., Mavromatis P., Pastidis K.,Thessaloniki, Greece.