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    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 with children and young people, 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 in Belfast followed by three years working as a 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 been involved in a range of research projects including disability studies and social work education projects.



    I am currently Principal Investigator on two research studies examining the experiences of disabled children living in and leaving public care. I am also co-chair of the Disability Research Network at QUB. For more information, please refer to our web page:





    Willingness to take 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

    Frequent Journals

    • Child Care in Practice

      ISSNs: 1357-5279, 1476-489X

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1476-489X


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.61 SJR 0.27 SNIP 0.46


    • Disability and Society

      ISSNs: 0968-7599

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1360-0508


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.67 SJR 0.534 SNIP 1.141


    • Child and Family Social Work

      ISSNs: 1356-7500

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1365-2206


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.77 SJR 0.895 SNIP 1.126


    • Nurse Researcher

      ISSNs: 1351-5578

      RCN Publishing Company

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.63 SJR 0.294 SNIP 0.672


    • British Journal of Social Work

      ISSNs: 0045-3102, 1468-263X

      Oxford University Press/UNESCO

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.96 SJR 1.243 SNIP 1.462


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