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    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of: - Disability studies - Transitions to Adult Life - Children and young people in care - Care leavers


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Personal profile

Research Interests

My research interests are disability, child and youth identities, looked after children and transitions to adult life. I also have an active interest in participatory research, including the development of creative methodologies for consulting disabled children and young people.


I previously worked as Regional Coordinator and Researcher for the National Children's Bureau followed by three years working as a Senior Researcher at the Donald Beasley Institute in New Zealand. During this time I worked on various disability research projects. Since moving to QUB in 2005, I have led on a range of research projects including two major studies on disabled children and young people living in and leaving state care.


I am currently Principal Investigator on a four country feasibility study on leaving care in Africa and an evaluation of therapeutic support for disbaled people who have experienced sexual violence. I am also Co-Director of the Disability Research Network at QUB. For more information, please refer to our web page:






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Research Output

  • Conducting research with disabled children and young people in health and social care: ethical considerations

    McNeilly, P., Macdonald, G. & Kelly, B., 10 Dec 2019, (Accepted) In : Nurse Researcher.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Prizes

  • Journal article listed number 11 on top 20 downloads.

    Berni Kelly (Recipient), 04 Sep 2008

    Prize: Other distinction

  • QUB Teaching Award 2012 - Excellence in Teaching By A Team

    Joe Duffy (Recipient), Berni Kelly (Recipient), Chaitali Das (Recipient), Gavin Davidson (Recipient) & David Hayes (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    PhD External Examiner at University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

    Berni Kelly (Examiner)
    Feb 2020

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

    International Foster Care Conference "Close ties: relations at the heart of child and family wellness"

    Berni Kelly (Speaker), Mandi MacDonald (Speaker)
    25 Jun 202028 Jun 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    DfE GCRF: Working together: supporting the needs of people with disabilities and mental health issues through research.

    Alan Maddock (Organiser), Lorna Montgomery (Organiser), Paul Best (Participant), Berni Kelly (Speaker), Gavin Davidson (Participant), Anne Campbell (Participant), Ciaran Mulholland (Participant), Cherie Armour (Participant)
    06 Jan 202010 Jan 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Post Graduate Examinations Officer in SSESW

    Berni Kelly (Contributor)
    01 Feb 202001 Jun 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesOther


    The participation of disabled children, young people and their parents in health and social care decisions

    Author: McNeilly, P., Jul 2014

    Supervisor: Macdonald, G. (Supervisor) & Kelly, B. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy