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Professor of Psychology, Health and Social Care, Lancaster University

My long-standing research interests have largely concerned policy-relevant research with people with intellectual (learning) disabilities, their families, and staff working with them. With a number of University, health and social care, and third sector partners, much of this research has been commissioned by government to evaluate existing practices and innovations in social policy, such as a variety of residential service arrangements, person-centred planning and short breaks for families with a disabled child.

A current major focus of work is Improving Health and Lives, a Public Health England specliast public health observatory focused on people with intellectual (learning) disabilities. The Observatory, a partnership between Public Health England, Lancaster University and the National Development Team for Inclusion, aims to gain the best possible evidence relating to the public health of people with intellectual disabilities in England, analyse this evidence and share it in a variety of accessible formats, and help a variety of groups to use this evidence to improve policy and practice.

I blog about issues mainly related to people with intellectual (learning) disabilities at


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    Professor of Psychology, Health and Social Care, Lancaster University