Can Dyslexics Become Academics? Yes!


Interview by 3asyR

Vasiliki Mylonopoulou grew up in Thessaloniki, Greece, but for the last three years she lived in Umeå, Sweden, and just recently moved to Oulu, Finland. She is dyslexic, but this didn’t prevent her from beginning an academic career. She enjoys long walks, music, board games and also speaks Greek, Swedish and English and is currently trying to learn French.


What is your educational background?

I studied Computer Engineering at Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki.When I finished my studies, I realised that it is not enough to create a program, application, webpage etc and that you need to take in account the person who uses it. As such, I wanted to study Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). I finished my masters in HCI at Umeå University and after looking for a job in Sweden for a year, I finally found a job in Finland. Now, I am doing my PhD at the University of Oulu.

When did you find out that you were dyslexic?

That was long agoofficially when I went to be tested at fifth grade.

What are you working on at the moment? How difficult or challenging it is for a dyslexic student to be doing a PhD?

I am one of the 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESR) of the CHESS program ( We will be trained to be health specialists in different domains. My area is to find out how to present the relation between the data of an individual to that of others in order to cause behaviour change towards a healthier lifestyle….

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