My work is focused on key social policy concerns for people with disability such as safety and abuse, wellbeing, participation and funding and organisation of community services. Most of the work in our research program has been co-produced with people with disability, and generated from their priorities. This has taken us into very interesting and important territory – relationships, violence, loneliness, belonging, quality of support – and also translated into new approaches to research and evaluation for government and NGOs.
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):
2021-2022 Connecting the Dots: understanding the DFV experiences of children and young people with disability within and across sectors. ANROWS
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: inclusive disability research
Caring Futures Institute: Theme Lead, Better Communities
I am focused on developing evidence-informed learning for students at a range of levels which supports practice in their different contexts, and is enhanced by current 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.
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