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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

  • Chair of Social Science and Humanities Research Ethics Committee (SSREC)
  • SPS Departmental Research Ethics Officer 
  • 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

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 interest Social Sciences
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mental health Social Sciences
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death Social Sciences
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Projects 2018 2020

Research Output 1997 2019

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., 3 Jun 2019, In : The International Journal of Evidence and Proof. p. 1-32 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Austerity and the lives of people with learning disabilities. A thematic synthesis of current literature

Malli, M., Sams, L., Forrester-Jones, R., Murphy, G. H. & Henwood, M., 11 Nov 2018, In : Disability & Society.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

The experiences of children and young people with a learning disability/need and a cleft lip and/or palate

Bates, A., Forrester-Jones, R. & McCarthy, M., 1 Feb 2018, Craniofacial Society of Great Britain Ireland (CFSGBI) Annual Scientific Meeting.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution