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Claire Cooper is a CAST PhD student in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen's University Belfast. The research focus is social participation and quality of life of adults with cerebral palsy (CP) living in Northern Ireland (NI). Data will be examined longitudinally using previous research conducted in childhood and adolescence known as SPARCLE (Study of PARticipation of Children with CP Living in Europe). Furthermore, a cross-sectional analysis will be conducted with a control group of typically-developing adults. The research involves the use of a comprehensive questionnaire pack of various psychometrically evaluated measures of personal and environmental factors.

Research Interests

Claire's academic background is in Disability Studies, with an interest in the lives of disabled adults, in particular those with learning difficulties/disabilities, challenging behaviour and childhood-onset conditions.


  • RT Nursing
  • Disability
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Adults
  • Social participation
  • Quality of life


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