Dr Claire Bates

Honorary Research Associate
Dr Claire Bates


Dr Claire Bates has a dual role, working at Tizard as an Honorary Research Associate and as a Quality Analyst at Choice Support, a support provider organisation she joined in 2002.  

Claire has also worked with people with intellectual disabilities in a therapeutic role after gaining an MSc in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. Claire's PhD focused on partner selection for people with intellectual disabilities and its impact on intimate relationships. Claire is the founder of the Supported Loving Network which highlights the importance of good support around relationships for people with learning disabilities. 

Claire's is currently conducting research into bisexuality among people with learning disability and also meat consumption among people with IDD.

She has previously worked on a project which examines breast screening for women with intellectual disabilities, with a specific focus on women who lack capacity to consent.  

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