Dr Fiona Rillotta

Lecturer in Disability & Community Inclusions

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt South Wing (S259)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Fiona Rillotta is a Lecturer in Disability and Community Inclusion in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She has a PhD in Psychology, and Bachelor of Social Science (Honours).

Fiona was awarded Impact Seed Funding for Early Career Researchers (2019), the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2017), and the Australasian Research Prize (2007)- most innovative contribution resulting in positive life changes for people with intellectual disability.

Fiona’s research includes: inclusive university for people with intellectual disability; enhancing social networks of adults with intellectual disability; family quality of life; and attitudes towards intellectual disability. Fiona has published several journal articles and three book chapters. She is Primary Supervisor to three PhD students; has attended/ presented at several national and international conferences; and is peer reviewer for several international journals.

She has been working with people with disabilities of various ages in various settings for almost 20 years, including: supporting inclusion of adults with intellectual disability at university and in the community; self advocacy training/ mentoring for adults with intellectual disability; program evaluation; disability awareness training; school classroom learning support for students with intellectual disability; and training/ supervising Special Olympics athlete leaders.

Fiona is well connected internationally and she is an executive committee member of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) - Inclusive Education Special Interest Research Group and Quality of Life Special Interest Research Group.

Qualifications

PhD Psychology,The University of Adelaide, 2011

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Adelaide, 2004

Bachelor of Social Science, Adelaide, 2003

Honours, awards and grants

2019 Impact Seed Funding for Early Career Researchers - "Further Up the Hill" – 20 years of inclusion of people with intellectual disability at university: Where to Next?

2017 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching - The Up the Hill Project -An innovative, structured and sustained Work-Integrated Learning program in Disability and Community Inclusion that responds to student, community and industry needs.

2013 Faculty of Health Sciences Establishment Grant $10,000 - The Up the Hill Project - Post-Secondary Education for people with an intellectual disability at Flinders University: Areview of participant and mentor characteristics and outcomes.

2007 Australasian Research Prize - Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability (ASSID). Effects of an awareness program on attitudes of students without an intellectual disability towards persons with an intellectual disability. Paper judged to be the most innovative contribution resulting in positive life changes for people with an intellectual disability.

Key responsibilities

Honours Coordinator, First Year Coordinator, Topic Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor, Research Student Supervisor

Research expertise
Disability
Research interests
  • Attitudes towards people with an intellectual disability
  • Inclusive postsecondary/ higher education for people with intellectual disability
  • Family quality of life
  • Self advocacy for people with intellectual disability
  • Awareness of disability in the community
  • Inclusion of people with intellectual disability in society
Teaching interests
  • Intellectual disability
  • Learning and behaviour
  • Diversity
  • Families with a member with a disability
  • Persectives of disability
Topic coordinator
DSRS4111 Introduction to Intellectual Disability
DSRS9060 Intellectual Disability
DSRS1209 Human Diversity
Topic lecturer
DSRS4111 Introduction to Intellectual Disability
DSRS9060 Intellectual Disability
DSRS1209 Human Diversity
Supervisory interests
Attitudes and awareness
Higher education for people with intellectual disability
Inclusive practices
Inclusive research
Intellectual disability
Quality of life for people with disabilities
Self-advocacy
Self-determination
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Autism Spectrum Disorder and Higher Education (1), Inclusive Research and self advocacy in South Australia (1), Emotional impact of acquiring a Guide Dog (1)
Publications

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