Sally leads research and academic practice in Disability and Community Inclusion.
Sally's research with children, young people and adults with disability is about what helps them feel safe, well and happy at difficult times in their lives. Most of her work is done in teams that include people with disability as researchers as well as asking them for their views. She also works with governments and organisations about how to listen to the things that matter to disabled people.
2010 PhD, Griffith University
2001 Master of Policy and Applied Social Research, Macquarie University
1995 Master of Arts (Education - Rehabilitation), Macquarie University
1990 Bachelor of Arts, Sydney University
Current research (selected):
2022 - 2025 Confronting everday harm: preventing abuse of people with disability. ARC Linkage project.
2021-2022 Connecting the Dots: understanding the DFV experiences of children and young people with disability within and across sectors. ANROWS
2021 Improving attitudes to people with disability. Disability Royal Commission
2021- 2023 Bringing supported decision-making to positive behaviour support. NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
2020-2022 Mapping domestic and family violence data and disability and evaluation or progress against the Queensland plan to respond to DFV against people with disability
2021 - 2023 Supporting mental health and wellbeing for children from migrant and refugee backgrounds with disability. Channel 7 Foundation
2020 - 2022 What works to prevent bullying for school students with autism? SA Health Grant
2020 - 2021 Loneliness - what helps? Perspectives of people with intellectual disabilty. Flinders internal grant.
2020 - 2021 Countering exclusion through community building in COVID-19. CNHS COVID-19 Collaboration grant
2019-2021 Beyond safety: ethical research involving children. ARC Discovery DP180100465
2016-2019 Relationships and Recognition: young people with cognitive disability and their paid support workers. ARC Linkage LP150100013)
Disability and Community Inclusion: Academic Lead
Research program lead: Disability & Community Research
My teaching interests are in the intersections of the individual, systemic and structural forces that impact on the lives of people with disability. These can be seen in different ways across many different subject areas - for example, in the provision of daily support, in ethics, in better understanding quality, and in the prevention of harm.