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Mental Health of People with Learning Disabilities

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, December 09, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The Tizard Centre is one of the leading academic groups concerned with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work alongside academics renowned nationally and internationally for their contributions to the field.

The successful applicant will join an experienced academic team:

Dr Peter Baker: emotional support of staff working in services for people with intellectual disabilities who present challenging behaviour.

Dr Magali Barnoux: people with IDD in the criminal justice system, in terms of offending behaviour, victims, and/or witnesses.

Dr Jill Bradshaw: the broad areas of communication and interaction and people with intellectual disabilities and autistic people; person-centred approaches, including person-centred active support; communication and behaviours of challenge; communication and positive behaviour support; augmentative and alternative communication; co-production; families; user views; early intervention.

Professor Michelle McCarthy: the broad areas of relationships and sexuality; abuse; sexual and reproductive health, especially for women with learning disabilities, reproductive rights for women with learning disabilities (abortion, sterilization), media representations of people with learning disabilities.

Dr Damian Milton: autism in a social and cultural context, ’critical autism studies’, participatory research and the autistic ’voice’, qualitative research in the field of autism, autism and empathy, educational approaches, and mentoring practices.

Dr Ciara Padden: behavioural interventions for children and adults with ASD or developmental disabilities; parent and staff training in behavioural interventions; and health and well-being of parents and carers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Professor Chrissie Rogers (joins Tizard Centre as new Director Jan 2020): education, inclusion, criminal justice, mothering, care ethics.

Dr Paraskevi Triantafyllopoulou: health related issues and psychological interventions for both children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (e.g. large scale GP health related data, sleep, cancer, eating disorders, obesity etc.); educational settings/ approaches for autistic individuals; bullying; online safety; older adults and dementia; autism diagnosis.

Funding Notes

The award will cover UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend based on the current ESRC studentship maintenance (i.e. £15,009). The Tizard Studentship is offered as a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. So, in return for the award, you will be expected to do a limited amount of teaching within the department on a regular basis.

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