Dr Michelle McCarthy
Reader in Learning Disabilities
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Michelle McCarthy has a social work background and has worked with people with learning disabilities in a variety of residential and field settings. For four years she was team leader of the Sex Education Team at Harperbury providing a specialist sexuality service to people with learning disabilities and staff.
She has an interest in all matters relating to the sexuality of people with learning disabilities, but has a particular interest in working with women with learning disabilities on issues of relationships, sexuality and reproductive health. She has recently finished a research project looking at domestic violence and women with learning disabilities. For her next piece of research, she is planning to focus on forced marriage and people with learning disabilities.
Dr McCarthy is currently involved with a new research project "My marriage my choice" undertaken by the University of Nottingham. Permission has been given to undertake the first ever analysis of data held by the Forced Marriage Unit on cases involving people with learning disabilities. Read more about the project.
Spotlight series podcast September 2016 Dr McCarthy talks about her research with survivors of domestic violence who have learning diablities and what it revealed about their perpetrators and the barriers to their support.
The content of her teaching reflects her research interests. Most of Michelle's teaching currently is on two Psychology UG courses - Understanding People with LD and Researching People with LD, but also with contributions to most of the other courses running at the Tizard Centre.
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Michelle has an interest in all matters relating to the personal and sexual relationships of people with learning disabilities, but has a particular interest in working with women with learning disabilities on issues of abuse, sexual and reproductive health.
Current Research Projects
Michelle's latest research project looks at domestic violence and women with learning disabilities commissioned and funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research. As part of her findings a video has been released to aid those who have experienced domestic abuse.
For a number of years Michelle has overseen the PhD programme at the Tizard Centre. In addition, she is currently supervising 5 PhD projects.She would be interested to supervise further qualitative research projects within her broad area of interest. Please feel free to contact her to discuss your ideas.
- Research into sexual experiences and sexual abuse of women with learning disabilities
- Sexual Abuse Prevalence Study
- Research into experiences of mothers with learning disabilities referred to Family Centres
- Evaluative research on Beverley Lewis House (specialist refuge for women with learning disabilities escaping violence and abuse).
- Research into menopause and women with learning disabilities
- Research into contraception and women with learning disabilities
- Research into domestic violence and women with learning disabilities