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Tizard Research Seminar Series

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Each academic year we have a series of research seminars. This year lectures will take place at 17:00-18:00 hrs and will be held in Grimond Lecture Theatre 3 at the University of Kent, Canterbury.

The seminars are free and open to all - students, staff and external visitors are warmly invited to attend. Please note that events may be subject to change. The next series of seminars for the academic year 2018/19 will be posted shortly.

Wednesday 24 October 2018 - Dr Michelle McCarthy, Tizard Centre
My Marriage, My Choice was a two year study, funded by the National Institute for Health Research - School of Social Care Research (NIHR-SSCR). Dr Michelle McCarthy has worked on this research project, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Nottingham.  Forced marriage is defined as a marriage where one or both spouses do not, or cannot, due to lacking capacity, consent to the marriage.
The aim of the study was to explore forced marriage of adults with learning disabilities with the intention of developing knowledge, policy and practice to support professionals in their work of safeguarding vulnerable children and adults.
A further aim was that the My Marriage My Choice project would raise awareness of forced marriage in order that all of those involved (professionals, families and people with learning disabilities themselves) might be empowered to recognise forced marriage as such and respond appropriately.
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Wednesday 21 November 2018 - Dr Rebecca Hardiman, completed her PhD at the Tizard Centre and is CEO of the Fragile X Society
"Challenging behaviour in Fragile X Syndrome: Investigating its Environmental and Physiological Influences"
Challenging behaviour is a common issue amongst males with Fragile X Syndrome, the most common inherited cause of learning disability. This talk will summarise a series of studies which aimed to better understand these behaviours in this group. In addition, the talk will reflect upon challenges faced in completing this work and implications for future research in this field. 
Recording of Dr Hardiman's talk

Wednesday 23 January 2019 -
Dr Katrina Scior "Challenging stigma associated with intellectual disability"
Dr Scior's research seeks to look at and better understand the stigma and prejudice faced by people with intellectual disabilities and their families and to identify effective interventions in reducing such stigma in different social and cultural contexts.

Stigma has been identified as one of the key challenges to the achievement of equal rights and full participation of people with intellectual disabilities in society. This talk will consider why intellectual disability continues to be stigmatised, how stigma affects people with intellectual disabilities and their families, and what may be needed to challenge stigmatising attitudes and discrimination faced by people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

Katrina Scior, BSc ClinPsyD PhD, is a clinical psychologist, trainer and researcher, with special expertise in the area of intellectual disability and stigma. She is Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at University College London (UCL), Joint Director of UCL’s Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Director of the UCL Unit for Stigma Research (UCLUS), and Co-Director of UCL’s Centre for Research in Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (CIDDR).

She has published widely in the field of intellectual disability, mainly focused on stigma and inclusion, and mental health needs and service provision. Her research aims to increase our understanding of stigma in relation to intellectual disability, and to develop effective interventions to reduce stigma. She is joint editor with Shirli Werner of Stigma and Intellectual Disability: Stepping out from the Margins (2016). Alongside her work to empower members of stigmatised groups to resist prejudice and discrimination themselves, Katrina advises several national and international organisations, including Mencap and Special Olympics, to ensure that stigma is tackled at multiple levels.


Wednesday 20 February 2019 - Bethan Mair Williams "Integrating speech and language therapy with Applied Behaviour Analysis: an overview of current British initiatives and research"
CEU Event Bethan has worked for many years as a speech and language therapist, her speciality is working with individuals with intellectual impairment. Her main areas of interest are PECS, Precision Teaching, Direct Instructions and TAGteach.

Jim Mansell Memorial Lecture 2019 - Friday 15 March 2019 Prof Tom Shakespeare

Previous seminars included:

Dr Stuart Todd - "And then they were dead! How? The last months of life of people with learning disabilities"
Prof Sally-Ann Cooper - "Health of people with intellectual disabilities"  View the recording of the lecture.
Dr Allyn Thomas - "Worthiness and the response of police to mental illness"
Prof Peter Langdon - "An evaluation of the Transforming Care Programme - progress towards discharging people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities from hospital" 
Dr Corinna Grindle - "We can teach you that too! Using behaviour analysis to teach reading, maths and writing to children with autism"
Prof Rachel Forrester-Jones & Dr Magali Barnoux - "Memories, Moments and Mannequins: clothes and fashion and the changing world of learning disabilities" Watch this seminar
Dr David Oliver - Palliative care and end of life care for people with ID - the latest ideas" Watch the seminar
Dr Precious Sango - "Spirituality and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: comparing the significance of spirituality in faith and non-faith based care services" Watch the Seminar
Prof Angela Hassiotis - "Service level delivery of postive behaviour support: what does the evidence suggest?"
Prof Glynis Murpy "What happens to ex-offenders with learning disabilities after leaving prison" Slide presentation pdf
Dr Nicola Grove "Sharing stories of personal experience: collaborating to create meanings" Slide presentation pdf
Dr Allyn Thomas "Mad, bad or sad: the use and abuse of police powers to detain the mentally disordered" Slide presentation pdf
Prof Ruth Northway & Colleagues "Looking into abuse: research by people with learning disabilities Youtube
Vivien Cooper, OBE, CEO of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation "People with learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges: progress and priorities" (Jim Mansell Memorial Lecture)
Prof Peter McGill - "Preventing challenging behaviour of adults with complex needs in supported accommodation"



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Last Updated: 10/12/2018