Professor Julie Beadle-Brown
Professor in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
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Julie Beadle-Brown is Professor in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities here at Kent and Professor in Disability at the Living with Disability Research Unit, La Trobe University in Australia. She is a BPS Chartered psychologist, an HCPC registered Practioner Psychologist and a Senior Fellow of the School for Social Care Research. She has worked at the Tizard Centre since 1995, when she worked on the Camberwell Cohort follow up study - an NHS R&D funded project with Prof. Glynis Murphy, examining the long-term outcomes for people with learning disabilities and people with autism.
Before joining the Centre in 1995, Julie completed her Masters in French and Psychology and her 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 the newly developed MSc in Analysis and Intervention in Learning Disability. Since then Julie has played a key role in developing the use of e-learning and distance learning at the Tizard Centre and has also developed new programmes in Autism Studies at both postgraduate and undergraduate level. She has been a member of the College of Experts of the Medical Research Council, has been Secretary/Treasurer and Chair of the Comparative Policy and Practice Special Interest Research group of IASSIDD, has been on the editorial board of a number of Intellectual and Developmental Disability journals as well as the National Autistic Society's Professional Conference for many of years.
Julie 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 service placement. She teaches outside of Kent as a guest lecturer for example on clinical psychology courses and on special and inclusive education programmes abroad.
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Julie's research interests range from deinstitutionalisation and development of community-based services, service design and quality to personalisation, active support and quality of life for people with disabilities but with a particular focus on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She also continues to work in the field of understanding autism and on supportive interventions for children and adults with autism and their families, teachers and support workers.
Julie worked closely with Prof. Jim Mansell and played a lead role in the European Intellectual Disability Research Network and has project-managed European level projects looking at the quality and extent of institutional provision for people with disabilities. Other projects have included research on the implementation of active support in services, the effect of grouping people in services, research around managers of learning disability services, exclusion of people with challenging behaviour from services, the development of a staff attitudes and knowledge questionnaire and other service structure, organisation and quality issues.
Recent and current projects at Kent include:
“Uncovering the staff culture of good quality supported accommodation for people with intellectual disabilities” funded by NIHR School for Social Care Research
“Promoting the continued development of person-centred support and quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities”. Funded by United Response
“Imagining Autism: Drama, Performance and Intermediality as Interventions for Autistic Spectrum Conditions” funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council. (See the Imagining Autism website for further information).
“Quality and Outcomes of person-centred care Research Unit” funded by Department of Health (www.qoru.ac.uk)
“Costs and outcomes of skilled support for adults with complex needs in supported accommodation”, funded by NIHR School for Social Care Research. (project outline)
“Living in Fear – improving outcomes for people with disabilities”- funded by The Big Lottery Research Programme, with Autism London (project outline )
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Julie also actively engages in a variety of consultancy work. She spends a substantial amount of time working in services and schools, training staff and evaluating quality, with a particular focus on person-centred active support, the SPELL framework for autism friendly practices and practice leadership. She has provided advice and consultancy to many organisations and agencies in the UK, Australia, Ireland, Canada, the USA, Norway, Czech Republic, Croatia, Poland, Romania, Ethiopia.
She is also trained in using the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders and the Autism Diagnosis Observational Scale and can provide assessment and diagnosis on autism. She provides individual advice and assessment for families, schools and services supporting children and adults with autism or intellectual disabilities.
Finally, she has also provided advice and consultancy at local and national government and agency level, including for the Care Quality Commission, local Councils and Transforming Care Partnerships, the National Autistic Society.
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