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Dr Lisa O'Leary

Biography Dr Lisa O’Leary is a lecturer and researcher in the School of Health and Social Care (specialising in the area of intellectual disabilities). Lisa is a member of the Centre for Mental Health and Capacity Law. Her main research interests and expertise include addressing reasons for premature mortality of people with intellectual disabilities and designing /evaluating health promotion interventions for this population group. Lisa is gaining national and international recognition in these areas. She has published widely in this area and is an Associate Editor for a leading journal (Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities) in this area.

Lisa is particularly interested in conducting research to improve respiratory health of people with intellectual disabilities and would be interested in supervising research degrees in this area. Lisa has a strong interest in qualitative research and systematic review methodology. She has lead and collaborated on research projects, that have used these methodologies. Lisa currently supervises PhD and MBA students on various topics and methodologies including qualitative research, systematic/narrative reviews and complex interventions and is open to any inquiries in relation to potential PhD or Masters supervision in these areas.
Research Interests Learning disabilities
Intellectual disabilities
Respiratory Health
Mental Health
Health Promotion
Social Inclusion
Health and Social Care Integration
Qualitative research methods
Systematic Review
Behaviour Change
Complex interventions
Teaching and Learning Programme Lead for MSc in Research Methods in Health and Social Care Practice