Health, Rehabilitation and Psychology (HRP)

Learning Disability Research Group

Convenors: Jois Stansfield and Duncan Mitchell

This group carries out research, often with local collaborators, investigating various aspects of health, wellbeing and service provision for adults with learning disabilities. This includes research work in the areas of communication, dysphagia, and health care access and use.

Research active staff: Mark Burton, Sue Caton, Darren Chadwick, Mel Chapman, Gary Diack, Juliet Goldbart, Carolyn Kagan, Duncan Mitchell, Jois Stansfield.

Current and recent research projects include:

  • An investigation of dysphagia in adults with intellectual disabilities (contact: Darren Chadwick)
  • An investigation of support staff attitudes to the use of sign language by adults with intellectual disabilities (contact: Darren Chadwick).
  • A study investigating the relationship between challenging behaviour and communication in adults with intellectual disability (contact: Darren Chadwick).
  • Dysfluency in individuals with intellectual impairments. (Jois Stansfield).
  • Access to dental care for adults with learning disability (contact: Darren Chadwick).
  • The history of learning disability nursing (contact Duncan Mitchell).
  • An investigation of the experiences of health care of adults with learning difficulties in Manchester (contact Duncan Mitchell) .
  • Approaches to assessment and intervention with children and adults with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (contact Darren Chadwick)
  • A survey of the use of pulse oximetry by speech and language therapists (contact Darren Chadwick)
  • Development of Collaborative Learning Disability Research in the North West. (contact Carolyn Kagan and Mark Burton)
  • Access to Dental Care for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities (contact Mark Burton)
  • Responsive Services for People with Learning Disabilities from MinorityEthnic Communities (contact Mark Burton)
  • Right to Sight: Accessing Eye Care for Adults Who are Learning Disabled (contact Mark Burton).