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Lisa is a Research Associate at the Tizard Centre (SSPSSR). She has a MSc in Analysis and Intervention in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities from the University of Kent, her first degree from the University of Hertfordshire is a BSc (hons) Psychological Science. Lisa has contributed to research, service evaluations and teaching at the Tizard Centre since 2007. Previously Lisa has worked with people intellectual disabilities and autistic spectrum diagnosis in different capacities, but predominantly in residential settings.
Lisa's background and hands-on experience working in services, has fuelled an on-going interest in personalisation and promoting wellbeing and quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). She takes a particular interest in issues affecting autistic children, adults and their families as well as individuals with more severe and profound disabilities and complex needs.
Lisa’s research interests include social justice and inclusion, stigma, disability hate crime and victims and witnesses with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Lisa also pursues research pertaining to the implementation of person-centred approaches as well as organisational psychology related to social care; such as organisational culture and leadership.
Lisa co-facilitates the Tizard Centre’s Researching All Together Group, a group of self-advocates who advise Tizard’s academics on their research proposals, materials and dissemination activities. In 2014 Lisa along with support staff from mcch, supported two self-advocates to present at and co-chair symposia at the European IASSID conference in Vienna.
University of Kent, Public Engagement in Research Fund. ‘Involving experts by experience in an advisory group about staff culture in supported accommodation services for people with learning disabilities’ (£700).
IASSIDD, Comparative Policy and Practice Special Interest Research Group. Travel Award to attend and present at IASSIDD World Congress, August 2016, Melbourne ($500, US).
National Centre for Research Methods Training Bursary (2017). Bursary to attend training on Creative Research Methods and Power relations in Participatory Research (£500).
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Lisa has taught and held seminars on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at the Tizard Centre. In particular she has covered topics on academic development, person-centred active support, measurement of Quality of Life, participation and skill development, experimental and qualitative research designs, Victims and Witnesses with IDD in the Criminal Justice System as well as Disability Hate crime.back to top
Lisa is a Tizard Associate Consultant and a Person-centred Active Support trainer.
Under the supervision of Peter McGill Lisa co-ordinated and implemented the collection of data for a large scale service review commissioned by an organisation in the north of England.
Working with Dr Julie Beadle-Brown, Lisa has been involved in a number of consultancy projects collecting data to evaluate the implementation of person-centred active support and autism friendly approaches (NAS SPELL framework) within organisations supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Uncovering the staff culture of good quality supported accommodation for people with intellectual disabilities. School for Social Care Research. With Julie Beadle-Brown (PI), Jill Bradshaw (CI) and Christine Bigby (LaTrobe University, Australia).
This project is setting out to explore staff culture of good quality supported accommodation for people with intellectual disabilities, investigating the informal culture in supported accommodation settings that have good outcomes for the individuals they support. Using ethnographic methods of participant observation and informal/formal interviews, a series of three linked case studies will be produced. These case studies will further the theoretical framework of informal culture developed in Australia by Bigby et al.
Quality and Outcomes of person-centred care Policy Research Unit (QORU).
QORU is a collaboration involving researchers in health and social care from the Universities of Kent, Oxford and the London School of Economics (LSE) with funding from the Department of Health (http://www.qoru.ac.uk/index.php).
With colleagues Lisa has worked on projects looking at the use of quality information in decision making about services for people with IDD and engaging people with IDD in research, in particular adapting the Adult Social Care Outcomes Toolkit (ASCOT) for easy read and observational purposes.
Living in Fear- Better outcomes for people with learning disabilities and autism. Funded by the Big Lottery Fund. With Julie Beadle-Brown (PI), Colin Guest (mcch), Aida Malovic and Jill Bradshaw.
This was a three year project exploring the issue of hate crime and the experiences of people with IDD of this type of targeted victimisation. The research also explored the views and experiences of the Police in managing cases of disability hate crime. Lisa has supported the dissemination of the research presenting the findings at conferences in the UK and in Europe, including supporting self-advocates to take the research recommendations to an All Party Parliamentary Group in March 2014.
Research reports can be accessed here: http://www.mcch.org.uk/pages/common/mcch.aspx?pg=8517
Imagining Autism: Drama, Performance and Intermediality as Interventions for Autistic Spectrum Conditions. With Dr Julie Beadle-Brown (CI), Dr Nicola Shaughnessy (CI), Dr Melissa Trimingham (CI), Dr David Wilkinson (CI), Dr Jennifer Leigh and Beckie Whelton. Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Lisa contributed to the collaboration between the Tizard Centre, School of Psychology and the School of Arts, Drama department at the University of Kent. This AHRC funded project entitled ‘Imagining Autism’, was a multiple baseline study evaluating a drama based intervention for children with autism. Lisa’s was a member of the scientific evaluation team.
More information about Imagining Autism is available here: http://imaginingautism.org/
Costs and outcomes of skilled support for people with complex needs. With Dr Julie Beadle-Brown (PI), Dr Jenny Beecham, Dr Jennifer Leigh, Beckie Whelton and Dr Jill Bradshaw. Funded by NIHR, SSCR. More information/findings can be found here: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/LSEHealthAndSocialCare/research/NIHRSSCR/pdfs/SSCR_project_outline_Support.pdf
Adults with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities in an English county: needs, services and costs. With Dr Julie Beadle-Brown (PI), Professor Jim Mansell (PI), Beckie Whelton and Penny Southern. Funded by Kent County Council CI.
- Lisa contributed to the preparation of data for reports in the study “Understanding organisational factors that impact on person centred practice and quality of life outcomes for residents with complex needs”- funded by Office of Senior Practitioner, Victoria, Australia
- Lisa assisted Professor Jim Mansell and Dr Julie Beadle-Brown in their systematic review of dispersed and clustered housing for disabled adults for the National Disability Authority in Ireland: http://www.nda.ie/website/nda/cntmgmtnew.nsf/0/292BC9700CF60D7C802575BD003C1CD4?OpenDocument
- Working with Dr Julie Beadle-Brown and other colleagues Lisa has helped to produce a training manual for Pavilion called Promote Active Support: http://www.pavpub.com/p-364-ld303-promote-active-support-trainer-pack.aspx 
- Lisa has also been involved in an evaluation of the NAS SPELL framework training and for her Masters dissertation she conducted an exploratory study of the awareness and prevalence of the SPELL framework in support services.
- Other research she has contributed to looks at the measurement of quality of life in care homes for older adults and people with intellectual disabilities with the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the University of Kent.
Lisa is trained to administer the following assessments:
- Autism Diagnosis Observational Scale (ADOS)
- Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC)
- Wechsler Pre-school and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WIPPSI)
- Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals (CELF)
- Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scale (VABS)