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Social relationships/social networks and social support Learning disabilities Mental health Carers Identity Stigma Transitions Death and bereavement


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Research interests

My research interests scan the life course of people with learning disabilities and people with mental health issues, from early transitions to death and bereavement.  The primary focus of my research has been to further advance the social inclusion of vulnerable adults through social networks and social support. As a qualified Barrister, I am also interested in legal issues in relation to vulnerable groups. 



Other responsibilities

  • Director, Centre for Analysis of Social Policy
  • Academic Reviewer for NIHR SSCR & RfPB grant applications
  • Editorial Board Member of several National and International Journals


Teaching interests

  • Social Policy
  • Research Ethics 
  • Disability (including Learning Disability)
  • Stigma
  • Quality of Life

Education/Academic qualification

MA in Higher Education (with Distinction)

LLB (Hons), Bachelor of Laws

Bar Professional Training Course

PhD, Doctor of Philosophy

BScEcon (Hons) American Studies & Sociology

External positions

Honorary Professor, University of Kent

Senior Fellow of National Institute of Health Research School for Social Care

CBF/MENCAP Legal Panal member

Fellow of Higher Education Academy

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Research Output

Communication and Cross-Examination in Court For Children and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: a systematic review,

Morrison, J., Forrester-Jones, R., Bradshaw, J. & Murphy, G., 27 Jun 2020, In : Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 63, 7, p. 709-709 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract

Last months of life of people with ID: a UK population based study of death and dying in ID community services

Todd, S., Bernal, J., Shearn, J., Worth, R., Jones, E., Lowe, K., Madden, P., Barr, O., Forrester-Jones, R., Jarvis, P., Kroll, T., McCarron, M., Read, S. & Hunt, K., 31 May 2020, In : Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Love and loving relationships: what they mean for people with learning disabilities

McCarthy, M., Forrester-Jones, R., Bates, C., Skillman, K. M. & Elson, N., 27 Jun 2020, In : Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 63, 7, p. 863-863 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract

Making Connections and Building Confidence: A Study of Specialist Dating Agencies for People with Intellectual Disabilities

McCarthy, M., Milne Skillman, K., Elson, N., Bates, C., Forrester-Jones, R. & Hunt, S., 1 Mar 2020, In : Sexuality and Disability. 38, 1, p. 3-18 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access