Professor Julie Beadle-Brown

Professor in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
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Professor Julie Beadle-Brown


Julie Beadle-Brown is a Professor in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at Kent and Professor in Disability at La Trobe University, Australia. 

Professor Beadle-Brown completed her Masters in French and Pschology and PhD at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.  Her PhD focused on imitation, theory of mind and play in autistic children and adults. 

In 1998 Julie was appointed as Lecturer in Learning Disability to teach on the Service Issues and Research Methods modules of a newly developed MSc in Analysis and Intervention in Learning Disability. Since then, she has played a key role in developing the use of e-learning and distance learning at the Tizard Centre and has developed new programmes in Autism Studies at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.  

Research interests

  • deinstitutionalisation and development of community-based services
  • service design and quality 
  • person-centred active support and its implementation in services 
  • quality of life for people with disabilities with a particular focus on people with intellectual developmental disabilities
  • supportive interventions for children and adults with autism and their families, teachers and support workers
  • research based around the managers of learning disability services and the development of staff attitudes
  • the exclusion of people with challenging behaviour from services
  • mapping and understanding exclusion in partnership with Mental Health Europe


Professor Beadle-Brown convenes and teaches on the postgraduate courses in intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism studies with a particular focus on service issues and quality of life.  She also convenes the work placement for postgraduate students.


She supervises PhD research in the following areas: 


  • PBS chartered Psychologist
  • HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist
  • Senior Fellow of the School for Social Care Research
  • member of the College of Experts of the Medical Research Council
  • Secretary/Tresurer and Chair of the Comparative Policy and Practice Special Interest Research Group IASSIDD
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