Working PhD Title: Assistive Technology for Users in Care Settings: What Works, For Whom, Under What Circumstances, and Why?
Education: I have a Masters of Education in Low-Incidence Disabilities and Autism and Applied Behaviour Analysis, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Organisational and Business Psychology. I am currently conducting research for my PhD in Sociology and Social Policy. I am a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and a qualified teacher in both the United States of America and the United Kingdom.
Professional Experience: I have worked in social care and education organisations supporting disabled people to live, learn, and work however they choose for over 20 years. Working with a pan-disability social care charity in the UK, I have conducted project-related research on user experiences of assistive technology implementations in care. Through this work, I joined the Faculty of Social Sciences in 2020 to conduct more formal research on how adults in care settings use technology to build the lives they want. The aim of this research is to both understand how people in care are experiencing technology in their daily lives, and to more fully understand what factors impact outcomes for disabled tech users across different contexts. These theories about what is working, for whom, under what conditions, and why should serve as guiding principles for social care organisations to invest in the conditions required for positive technology outcomes for users.