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Em is a senior research fellow in the School of Primary and Allied Healthcare at Monash University. They also hold Adjunct Senior Research Fellow positions in the Living with Disability Research Centre at La Trobe University and College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville QLD.


Em has a diverse background of research experience which is underpinned by quantitative methodologies and analysis. Em has developed a strong track record of research that is generating an evidence base to facilitate the development of practices, programs and policies in order to enable participation of people with cognitive disability and promote their social inclusion, to bring about positive change for people living with disability. Most recently this has focused on employment supports, and human and animal supports, that facilitate social and community inclusion.

Research interests

Practices, programs and policies to enable participation of people with cognitive disability

Social inclusion for people with cognitive disability

Mainstream employment pathways for people with neurological disability

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, Ph.D, University of Wolverhampton

Feb 2003Apr 2006

Award Date: 4 Apr 2006

Education, Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Wolverhampton

Sept 2004Jun 2005

Award Date: 1 Jun 2005

Psychology & Music, BSc (Hons), University of Roehampton

Sept 1998Jun 2001

Award Date: 29 Jun 2001

External positions

Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, James Cook University

1 Mar 2021 → …

Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, La Trobe University

17 Jun 2019 → …

Research area keywords

  • disability
  • Social isolation
  • loneliness
  • mental health
  • wellbeing
  • Health
  • employment
  • complex injury
  • policy
  • education
  • health professional education
  • Housing
  • animal supports
  • Assistance Animals

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