Dr. Tournaki has taught at the college level for over 20 years. She is dedicated to inclusive education. To that effect, she opened and directed one of the first inclusive preschool in Athens, Greece. She currently sits in the Board of Directors of the Lavelle Preparatory Charter School, the first Charter school designed to teach students with special needs in inclusive classrooms.
Her research has two areas of focus. The first area is mathematics. More specifically, she evaluates strategies and tools (e.g., manipulatives, technology) to improve mathematics achievement for students with and without disabilities. The second area is teacher efficacy and effectiveness. In this area she has examined differences in efficacy between special and general education teachers; the effects of different approaches to graduate level teacher preparation programs on teacher efficacy and effectiveness; the effects of professional development on teacher effectiveness. Her research has been consistently supported by grants from PSC-CUNY.
Given her strong background in psychometrics she is the internal evaluator for STEAM an NSF-STEP grant at the College of Staten Island.