Dr Brian Matthews
Brian had a 20 year career in Disability before commencing as a Lecturer at Flinders University in 1992. He was the Course Coordinator of the Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education and previous degrees for five years between 1992 and 2012 and the Head of Unit for three years until December 2012. Now retired, he maintains his association with Disability and Community Inclusion in the supervision of PhD students as well as acting as a cosupervisor/external advisor on disability issues for PhD students in Regional and Rural Health (Flinders), Education (Flinders), Psychology (Flinders), and Education (Adelaide). He has also worked as a part time Problem Based Learning tutor in the first and second years of the Flinders University Medical course and does occasional lectures, tutoring and marking in disability and education topics.
- Registered Mental Deficiency Nurse (1975 - 1985)
- BA, Flinders University, 1979
- BA Honours (1st Class), Psychology, Flinders University, 1980
- PhD, Psychology, Flinders University, 1995
Honours, awards and grants
- 1979 - Australian Psychological Society Prize in Psychology
- May 1987 - Early Researcher prize for conference presentation Reducing Self Stimulatory, Aggressive, and Self Injurious Behaviours at 9th National Conference of the Australian Behaviour Modification Association , Gold Coast, Qld.
- November 2004 – Winner of the "Open" Category for presentation of the Conference Paper Narrative Therapy: potential uses for people with an Intellectual Disability presented at Visions and Realities, 39th Conference of the Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability, Adelaide, South Australia
- May 2011 – Life Membership of the Australasian Disability Professionals, for services to the professionalisation of the disability field.
- December 2012, The Dean's Award 2012, for dedication and service over many years to the School of Medicine, Flinders University
- Mentor and advisor to Head of Unit
- PhD supervision
- Intellectual Disability
- Instructional Methods
- Augmentative & Alternative Communication
- Communication and Language Development
- Positive Behaviour Support
Research and supervision
- Most areas of disability
- Using single-subject/small group methodologies
- Cross cultural issues in disability
- Ageing and disability
- Augmentative communication
- Autism and Asperger disorders
- Brain injury
- Down Syndrome
- Nursing and disability
- Refugees and disability
RHD research supervision
Disability related issues (4);
Ellison, C.J. and Matthews, B.E. (2012). Disability Professionals: Assisting People Living with Disability to Navigate the Health System. In E Willis, H Keleher & L Reynolds, ed. Understanding the Australian Health Care System. 2nd ed. Chatswood, NSW: Elsevier, pp. 175-187.
Matthews, B.E. (2005). Beyond the wall: personal experiences with autism and Asperger syndrome [book review] Autism,
9(1) pp. 119-119. [doi:10.1177/1362361305049034
Matthews, B.E. (2003). A picture's worth: PECS and other visual communication strategies in autism by A Bondy & L Frost (Book Review) Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 28(3) pp. 311-312.