Professor Julie Beadle-Brown
Professor in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
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Julie Beadle-Brown is a Chartered Psychologist and is also Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Julie has worked at the Tizard Centre since 1995, when she was worked on 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 she moved to Kent, Julie completed her PhD at the University of St.Andrews, Scotland. She focused on imitation, theory of mind and play in children and adults with autistic spectrum conditions. 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 Anlaysis 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. She has been a member of the College of Experts of the Medical Research Council, is currently Chair of the Comparative Policy and Practice Special Interest Research group of IASSID, is a Fellow of the School for Social Care Research and is on the editorial board of a number of Intellectual and Developmental Disability journals as well as the National Autistic Society's Professional Conference.
Julie 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 is also convenor of the undergraduate programmes in Autism Studies and is responsible for supporting the use of Moodle within the Centre.
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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 intellectual disabilities and children and adults with autism. She also works in the area of intervention in autism.
Julie has worked closely with Prof. Jim Mansell and has played a lead role in the European Intellectual Disability Research Network and project-managed European level projects looking at the quality and extent of institutional provision for people with disabilities. Other projects include ongoing work on the implementation of active support in services, the effect of grouping people in services, person-centred approaches, 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.
Current projects include:
- “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)
- "Understanding ‘Encounter’ as a Dimension of Social Inclusion for People with Intellectual Disability" funded by the Australian Research council
- “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 )
- “Measuring the impact of the workforce on productivity in care homes” - funded by Skills for Care.
- “Adults with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities in Kent” funded by Kent County Council CI
- “The role of organisation and managerial factors and training in the implementation of person-centred active support in services for people with intellectual disabilities and complex needs”
- “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
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Julie also actively engages in a variety of consultancy work. She also spends a substantial amount of time working in services, training staff and evaluating service quality, with a particular focus on person-centred active support. She trains staff at all levels and in a variety of roles in active support and also in autism. She has worked closely with the National Autistic Society to evaluate and develop training in autism and has provided advice and consultancy to many organisations and agencies including in the UK, Australia, Ireland and Romania.
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 familes, schools and services supporting children and adults with autism or intellectual disabilities.back to top