Associate Professor Leanne Dowse

Associate Professor, Chair in Intellectual Disability Behaviour Support
PhD (UNSW), B. Sp Thy (Qld)
School of Social Sciences

Contact

+61 (2) 9385 8090
+61 (2) 9385 1040
Room 171, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Social Policy, Sociological Methodology and Research Methods, Studies in Human Society, Criminology, Social Work
Tags: Disability and Functional Capacity, Community Service (excl. Work), Comparative Structure and Development of Community Services, Social Class and Inequalities

Leanne Dowse is Associate Professor and inaugural Chair in Intellectual Disability and Behaviour Support [IDBS] at UNSW where she has been a researcher since 1995 and an academic since 2008. She has been a scholar, practitioner, supporter and ally in the area of intellectual disability since the beginning of her professional career as a Speech Therapist in the 1980s and has been involved in the development and promotion of disability studies in Australia beginning in the 1990s. 

Her role as Chair IDBS, a joint initiative of UNSW and the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (Ageing, Disability & Home Care) works to expand the body of knowledge and increase workforce capacity in the delivery of appropriate and effective services to people with an intellectual disability with complex support needs through a focus on training and education, enhanced policy and service models and targeted research. For more information about the Intellectual Disability Behaviour Support Program at UNSW  https://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/idbs

Leanne’s research and publications apply models of critical inquiry to the study of disability and in particular, intellectual or cognitive disability. Her work utilises a multidisciplinary approach to investigate social justice issues for people with complex needs. In particular her work addresses the intersections of disability with mental illness, acquired brain injury, homelessness, social isolation, early life disadvantage, experience of out of home care, substance misuse and violence. Her work is particularly concerned with the ways these intersect for Indigenous Australians with intellectual disability, for women with disabilities, those in the criminal justice system, and people with complex behaviour support needs.

Leanne has been and is chief investigator on a number of major Australian Research Council, NHMRC, and Federal and NSW government funded grants over the past 10 years and holds a Visting Professorship at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

For a full list of projects please visit  https://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/idbs

 

Research Areas

Intellectual disability; Disability, gender and violence; Complex behaviour support; Complex support needs; Criminal justice; Social research methodology; Social policy, Social justice. 

 

Current Research Projects 

Lost in Transition: Supporting Young People with Complex Support Needs                                         This Australian Research Council linkage project, a multi-university collaboration, seeks to make meaningful changes in the lives of young people with complex support needs by: mapping current national  frameworks for transition support planning, describing the needs of young people with complex support needs in relation to key life transitions, developing an understanding of the various meanings of transition to young people with complex support needs and for those who provide transition support, exploring how these transitions can be tracked and quantified using existing data collection frameworks and developing a costing model for effective transition support. 

A Future Beyond the Wall: Improving post-release employment outcomes for people leaving prison                                                                                                                                                          This Australian Research Council Linkage project, a multi-university collaboration, seeks to provide insights into the extent to which successful completions of vocational education and/or employment programs is related to positive employment and recidivism outcomes; to Improve current understandings of the models, practices, performance and outcomes of vocational training and employment services and to develop a theoretical framework and practice models that are useful and appropriate to the development of future effective services.

Culturally Informed Planning: Aboriginal People with Disability, family and community                     Funded by the NSW Government this project will develop an Aboriginal-specific disability planning resource that Is developed with and builds the capacity of Aboriginal people with disability, family and community to engage in planning; recognises culture as central to Aboriginal people’s lives; accounts for geographic diversity and is designed by Aboriginal people using culturally responsive visuals and text.

Safeguarding Conversations in Planning for People with Intellectual Disability and Complex Needs                                                                                                                                                            Funded by the NSW government, this project aims to develop an evidence-based practical resource that supports people with disability and complex support needs and their informal supporters to lead a conversation about implementing a safe and sustainable plan taking into account risks, decision making supports, and potential safeguards. 

 Preventing and reducing challenging behaviours in children and young people                                  A NSW Government funded translational project develops two evidence-informed practice guides based on current literature, policy document review, and expert consultations. The guides are intended for use by practitioners working with children (0-8yrs) and young people (9-18yrs). 

Developing and Implementing a system for effective case Review                                                           This translational project funded by NSW government will develop an edivence-informed Practice Guide to assist service providers and other key supporters to evaluate how a person’s support needs have changed; and the potential strengths, barriers, and risks to effectively supporting that person to meet the agreed goals of their service delivery. 

Psychotropic Medications and Behaviour Support                                                                               Funded by the NSW government as a translational project, this works will develop an evidence-informed Practice Guide is to guide Behaviour Support Practitioners in collaborative service delivery with prescribing physicians that will enable better outcomes for persons with disability who are prescribed routine or as needed psychotropic medication as a result of their challenging behaviour.

Side by Side Western Australia Peer Support Evaluation                                                                  This project evaluates a peer mentoring program designed to support families with a member with an intellectual disability and challenging behaviour in order to identify barriers/facilitators to its sustainability, possible program enhancements, and the impact of the program on engaged families

Families with Complex Support Needs                                                                                                  This collaboration between UNSW researchers and community peer support providers aims to investigate models of supports for families across the life course with different kinds of support needs, specifically: (a) parents with intellectual disabilities; (b) families with complex needs due to challenging behaviour; and (c) ageing families of people with disabilities. 

Improving the Mental Health Outcomes of People with Intellectual Disability                                    An NHMRC Partnership Grant brings together researchers, government departments and nongovernment organisations in a mixed method study which aims to build an evidence base from which to improve access to, and quality of mental health services for peolpe with intellectual disabiity.

 

Selected completed projects

Supporting Parents with Cognitive Disability                                                                                     This study documented the Intellectual Disability Rights Centre (IDRS) Parent Project as a model of good practice for supporting parents with cognitive disability involved in statutory child protection proceedings.

Evaluation of Project REPIN: Receive, Encode, Process and Integrate drug and alcohol treatment strategies for People with Intellectual Disability.                                                                                     This project evaluated the effectiveness of a new treatment model for people with cognitive impairment using evidence-based research about the learning needs of people with cognitive impairment. The project documented the development of the specialist program and then analysed service user outcomes and the organisational processes used to implement the program.

Support Planning Framework For People with Intellectual Disability and Complex Needs.          This NSW Government funded project researched, developed, piloted and evaluated a support planning framework to assist with, and guide planning conversations with people with intellectual disability and complex support needs. 

Indigenous Australians with Mental Health Disorders and Cognitive Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System.                                                                                                                                         An ARC Linkage Project grant, with Prof Eileen Baldry (UNSW), Professor Patrick Dodson and Professor Julian Trollor (UNSW). This project focused on building a picture of the coalescence of multiple diagnoses, heightened vulnerabilities, complex support needs and simultaneous interventions for Indigenous persons. Experiences and opinions of this group and specialist support and community leaders identify appropriate conceptualisations and interventions

People with Complex Needs who are the Victims of Crime: building evidence for responsive support.                                                                                                                                                       A NSW Attorney General and Justice Victims of Crime Research Fund project undertaken with A/Prof Kimberlie Dean (UNSW) focusing on the experiences of people with complex needs who are the victims of crime and exploring appropriate models of support.

Stop The Violence, Stop the Silence: Improving Service Delivery for Women with Disabilities.  Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services with Dr Karen Soldatic (UNSW) in collaboration with Women with Disabilities Australia and People with Disabilities Australia. This project focused on legislative, policy and service practices models to support women with disabilities experiencing violence, abuse and exploitation.

Gender, Violence and Disability: Developing a methodology to explore prevalence and impact. With Dr Karen Soldatic (UNSW), Dr Jo Spangaro (UNSW) and Carolyn Frohmader (WWDA) as co-investigators.  This project focuses the spatial differentiation of violence against women with disabilities in Australia.

Young People with Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System                                                       UNSW FASS Faculty Research Grant exploring patterns of involvement and frameworks of intervention with Dr Jung-Sook Lee (UNSW), Dr Iva Strnadova (UNSW) and Dr Terry Cumming (UNSW).

Policy relevance of the NDIS proposed system to disabled people from marginalized groups     UNSW FASS Collaborative Research Scheme with Dr Karen Soldatic

Mental Health Frequent Presenters at Emergency Services in NSW.                                              NSW Department of Health Research Grant with Prof Eileen Baldry. This project identified the number and characteristics of persons who are frequent presenters to mental health, police and ambulance services, in order to allow the development of appropriate service models for this group.

Lifecourse institutional costs of homelessness for vulnerable groups Funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)/National Homelessness Research Grant (2010/11) with Prof Eileen Baldry (UNSW). Utilising merged data on a cohort of individuals with mental health, cognitive disability and complex needs including homelessness who have been in prison in NSW the project explored the lifelong costs to the person, government and community of addressing (or not) the needs of these most vulnerable homeless persons.

 

Postgraduate Research Supervision

 Areas of Supervision

Disability, social policy, social practice, criminal justice, complex needs, vulnerable populations, qualitative methodologies, mixed methods.

Current Postgraduate Research Supervision

  • Jane Adams: Towards a deeper understanding of families’ choices and experiences when accessing therapy and coordination services using individual funding.
  • Berindah Aicken:  Narrative identity in people with cognitive impairment who offend.
  • Peter Conway: Is it restricted or not? – how behaviour support practitioners navigate regulatory frameworks for restrictive interventions for persons with a disability
  • Snow Li:  Complex support needs in individuals with intellectual disability and co-occurring mental illness
  • Simone Rowe: Decriminalising Disability: Exploring the lived experiences of criminalised people with cognitive disability and complex needs
  • Julian Trofimovs: Intellectual Disability, Mental Health and Offending
  • Antoni Tsaputra:  Disability Inclusive Budgeting in Indonesia
  • Joy Townsend: Young women constructing a sexual subjectivity

 

Postgraduate Research Completions

  • Dr Ariella Meltzer: Siblings, young people and relational experiences of disability.
  • Dr Alec Sewell: Complex Needs at the Interface of Human and Justice Services.
  • Dr Linda Steele: Disability at the Margins: Diversion, Cognitive Impairment and the Criminal Law. (USyd).
  • Dr Kim Spurway:  Decision-making in disaster management: mapping the thematic complexities and understanding the contested rationalities of social practice

Research

Research

Leanne Dowse is Associate Professor and Chair in Intellectual Disability and Behaviour Support [IDBS] at UNSW where she has been a researcher since 1995 and an academic since 2008. She has been a scholar, practitioner, supporter and ally in the area of intellectual disability since the beginning of her professional career as a Speech Therapist in the 1980s and has been involved in the development and promotion of disability studies in Australia beginning in the 1990s. Leanne has taught social policy, social research methods, disability studies, human behavior and criminology for the past two decades.

Her role as Chair IDBS, a joint initiative of UNSW and the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (Ageing, Disability & Home Care) works to expand the body of knowledge and increase workforce capacity in the delivery of appropriate and effective services to people with an intellectual disability with complex needs including behaviours that challenge through a focus on training and education, enhanced policy and service models and targeted research. 

Leanne’s research and publications apply models of critical inquiry to the study of disability and in particular, intellectual or cognitive disability. Her work utilises a multidisciplinary approach to investigate social justice issues for people with complex needs. In particular her work addresses the intersections of disability with mental illness, acquired brain injury, homelessness, social isolation, early life disadvantage, experience of out of home care, substance misuse and violence. Her work is particularly concerned with the ways these intersect for Indigenous Australians with intellectual disability, for women with disabilities, those in the criminal justice system, and people with complex behaviour support needs.

Leanne has been and is chief investigator on a number of major Australian Research Council, NHMRC, and Federal and NSW government funded grants over the past 10 years.

Leanne is a member of the Editorial Board for Journal on Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

She serves as a member of the NSW Government Justice Disability Advisory Council, is a founding member of the Aboriginal Disability Justice Campaign and serves on a range of NSW and Federal government advisory bodies.

 

Research Areas

Intellectual disability; Disability, Gender and Violence; Complex behaviour support; Complex needs; Criminal justice;  Social research methodology; Social policy, Social justice. 

 

Current Research Projects

Lost in Transition: Supporting Young People with Complex Support Needs Project. An ARC Linkage Project grant with A/Prof Philip Mendes (Monash), A/Prof Pamela Snow (Latrobe), A/Prof Iva (UNSW), Dr Therese Cumming (UNSW), Dr Jung-Sook Lee (UNSW), Dr Kathleen Ellem (QUT), Dr Louisa Smith (UNSW) and Ms Amanda Jones (Berry Street, VIC) focusing on improving the lives of young people with complex support needs experiencing overlapping forms of disadvantage and exploring best practice transition supports and how to track these transitions using existing data. 

PEOPle Project: A Future Beyond the Wall - Improving Post-release Employment Outcomes for People Leaving Prison. An ARC Linkage Project grant with Prof Eileen Baldry (UNSW), David Bright (UNSW), Jesse Cale (UNSW), Jo Graffam (Deakin), Jane McGillivray (Deakin), Margaret Giles (Edith Cowan) and Andrew Day focusing on the relationship between ex-prisoners’ engagement in meaningful work; reductions in re-offending; and improvements in wellbeing.

Improving the Mental Health Outcomes of People with Intellectual Disability. An NHMRC Partnership Grant with A/Prof Julian Trollor, Prof Eric Emerson, Prof Rhoshel Lenroot, Associate Professor Karen Fisher, A/Prof Julia Johnson and A/Prof Kimberlie Dean.

Safeguarding Conversations in Planning.  A NSW FaCS funded project to develop a practical resource that supports people with disability and complex support needs and their informal supporters (including family and others who assist the person) to lead a conversation about implementing a safe and sustainable plan. 

Behaviour support for people with intellectual disability  in a disability services future: A NSW FaCS funded project to develop knowledge on the issues relevant to the provision of responsive and effective behaviour support.

A Practice Guide for the use of Psychotropic Medication and Behaviour Support.  A NSW FaCS funded, practitioner focussed action research project to develop a practice guide that provides clear guidelines for Behaviour Support Practitioners to guide collaborative service delivery with prescribing physicians to enable better outcomes for persons with disability who are prescribed routine and or PRN psychotropic mediation. 

A Practice guide for services to develop and implement a system for effective case review.  A NSW FaCS funded, practitioner focussed, action research project to develop a practice guide for effective case review to assist service providers to implement a systemic response to  emerging or actual risk and vulnerability for people with intellectual disability and complex support needs.

Cognitive Disability and Sex Offending. With Dr Jesse Cale (UNSW)  A project examining the profiles and treatment targets for individuals with cognitive disabilities and complex needs who have been charged with sex offences in order to suggest new approaches to support and intervention to prevent such offending. 

Supported decision making project, Phase 2 Evaluation.  A FACS, NSW Trustee and Guardian and the Public Guardian funded project with SPRC - Kelley Johnson (UNSW), Rosemary Kayess (UNSW), Christiane Purcal (UNSW), Jane Bullen (UNSW) and Pip Hoskins (UNSW) to evaluate a supported decision making program creating a supportive infrastructure that builds a clearer, firmer pathway out of financial management so that people with disability take greater responsibility for their own financial decision-making within the legislative framework of the NSW Trustee and Guardian Act 2009.

Learning About Disability Online. With Louisa Smith (UNSW) A study exploroing the motivation and effectiveness of inclusive teaching and learning strategies and changes in student attitudes towards disability in two types of online courses about disability, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and an undergraduate course. 

 

Recently completed projects

Support Planning Framework Project. A NSW FACS funded project to strengthen existing good practice and provide guidance for engaging a person with complex support needs in planning.   

Indigenous Australians with Mental Health Disorders and Cognitive Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System. An ARC Linkage Project grant, with Prof Eileen Baldry (UNSW), Professor Patrick Dodson and Associate Professor Julian Trollor (UNSW). Project focuses on building a picture of the coalescence of multiple diagnoses, heightened vulnerabilities, complex support needs and simultaneous interventions for Indigenous persons. Experiences and opinions of this group and specialist support and community leaders identify appropriate conceptualisations and interventions.

Gender, Violence and Disability: Developing a methodology to explore prevalence and impact. With Dr Karen Soldatic (UNSW), Dr Jo Spangaro (UNSW) and Carolyn Frohmader (WWDA) as co-investigators.  Project focuses the spatial differentiation of violence against women with disabilities in Australia.

People with Complex Needs who are the Victims of Crime: building evidence for responsive support. A NSW Attorney General and Justice Victims of Crime Research Fund project undertaken with A/Prof Kimberlie Dean (UNSW) focusing on the experiences of people with complex needs who are the victims of crime and exploring appropriate models of support.

Stop The Violence, Stop the Silence: Improving Service Delivery for Women with Disabilities.  Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services with Dr Karen Soldatic (UNSW) in collaboration with Women with Disabilities Australia and People with Disabilities Australia. Project focused on legislative, policy and service practice models to support women with disabilities experiencing violence, abuse and exploitation.

Young People with Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System: Leanne is Chief Investigator on a UNSW FASS Faculty Research Grant exploring patterns of involvement and frameworks of intervention with Dr Jung-Sook Lee (UNSW), Dr Iva Strnadova (UNSW) and Dr Terry Cumming (UNSW).

Policy relevance of the NDIS proposed system to disabled people from marginalized groups: UNSW FASS Collaborative Research Scheme with Dr Karen Soldatic

 

Selected past research projects

Mental Health Frequent Presenters at Emergency Services in NSW: NSW Department of Health Research Grant (2010/2011) with Prof Eileen Baldry (UNSW). This project identified the number and characteristics of persons who are frequent presenters to mental health, police and ambulance services, in order to allow the development of appropriate service models for this group.

Lifecourse institutional costs of homelessness for vulnerable groups: Funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)/National Homelessness Research Grant (2010/11) with Prof Eileen Baldry (UNSW). Utilising merged data on a cohort of individuals with mental health, cognitive disability and complex needs including homelessness who have been in prison in NSW the project explored the lifelong costs to the person, government and community of addressing (or not) the needs of these most vulnerable homeless persons.

Researching people with problematic alcohol consumption and mental health and cognitive disabilities in the criminal justice system. Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation grant, with Prof Eileen Baldry (UNSW) (2010/11).

People with acquired brain injury in the criminal justice system in NSW. Contracted research for Brain Injury NSW, with Prof Eileen Baldry (UNSW) (2010/11).

People with Mental Health Disorders and Cognitive Disability in the Criminal Justice System, ARC Linkage research grant, with Prof Eileen Baldry and Emeritus Prof Ian Webster (2006-2009).

Investigating intellectual and cognitive disability in the criminal justice system in NSW. NSW Department of Ageing, Disability & Home Care grant with Prof Eileen Baldry(2009/10).

People with Mental Health Disorders and Cognitive Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System – Impact of Housing NSW interventions and contacts with social housing system. Contracted research for NSW Housing with Prof Eileen Baldry (2009/10)

Exploring the intersections between ageing and disability in theory, policy and practice. UNSW Faculty Research Grant with Dr Shannon McDermott (UNSW) (2009).

 

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Areas of Supervision

Disability, intellectual disability, social policy, social practice, criminal justice, complex needs, vulnerable populations, qualitative and mixed methods social research methodologies.

Postgraduate Research Completions

  • Dr Alec Sewell, PhD Social Policy. Complex needs: Multiple disadvantage and reductionism in the enactment of policy
  • Dr Ariella Meltzer, PhD Social Policy. Siblings, young people and relational experiences of disability.
  • Dr Linda Steele, PhD: Disability at the Margins: Diversion, Cognitive Impairment and the Criminal Law. (Associate Supervision USyd).
  • Dr Kim Spurway PhD. Decision-making in disaster management: mapping the thematic complexities and understanding the contested rationalities of social practice

Current Postgraduate Research Supervision

  • Berindah Aicken, PhD Social Sciences. Narrative identity of people with cognitive impairment who offend.
  • Joy Townsend, PhD Sociology: Young women constructing a sexual subjectivity: resources for female sexual subjectivity in popular culture.
  • Antoni Tsaputra, PhD Social Sciences. Exploring the potential of Disability Inclusive Budgeting for realising rights for Persons with Disabilities in Indonesia.
  • Snow Li, PhD School of Psychiaty. Complex support needs in individuals with intellectual disability and co-occurring mental illness


Affiliations and Memberships

Member Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability

Member (Associate) Women with Disabilities Australia

Member (Associate) Self Advocacy Sydney

 

 

 

 

Publications

    Book Chapters

    • Smith L;Dowse L;Soldatic K;Kent M, 2017, 'Developing a MOOC: Factoring in disability', in Massive Open Online Courses and Higher Education: What Went Right, What Went Wrong and Where to Next?, pp. 123 - 134, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315594248
    • Dowse LM;Wiese M, 2016, 'Cognitive Disability and Complex Support Needs: Challenges in the National Disability Insurance Scheme', in Moore E (ed.), Case management for community practice: A textbook for students and practitioners, edn. 2nd, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic., pp. 417 - 437
    • Didi A;Frohmader C;Dowse LM, 2016, 'Violence Against Disabled Women in the Global South: Working Locally, Acting Globally', in Soldatic K; Grech S (ed.), Disability in the Global South The Critical Handbook, Springer, Switzerland, pp. 323 - 336, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-42488-0
    • Baldry E;Dowse L, 2013, 'Compounding Mental and Cognitive Disability and Disadvantage Police as Care Managers', in Chappell D (ed.), POLICING AND THE MENTALLY ILL: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES, edn. Advances in Police Theory and Practice, CRC PRESS-TAYLOR & FRANCIS GROUP, pp. 219 - 234, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000386222100014&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    • Dowse LM;Frohmader C;Meekosha H, 2010, 'Intersectionality: Disabled Women', in Easteal P (ed.), Women and the Law in Australia, edn. 1st, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, pp. 249 - 268

    Journal articles

    • Collings S;Dew AH;Dowse L, 2017, 'They need to be able to have walked in our shoes: What people with intellectual disability say about National Disability Insurance Scheme planning', Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/13668250.2017.128788710.3109/13668250.2017.1287887
    • Dowse L, 2017, 'Disruptive, dangerous and disturbing: the ‘challenge’ of behaviour in the construction of normalcy and vulnerability', Continuum, vol. 31, pp. 447 - 457, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10304312.2016.1275148
    • Collings S;Dew A;Dowse L, 2017, '“They need to be able to have walked in our shoes”: What people with intellectual disability say about National Disability Insurance Scheme planning', Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, pp. 1 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/13668250.2017.1287887
    • Van Toorn G;Dowse L, 2016, 'Policy claims and problem frames: A cross-case comparison of evidence-based policy in an Australian context', Evidence and Policy, vol. 12, pp. 9 - 24, http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/174426415X14253873124330
    • Dowse L;Soldatic K;Spangaro J;Van Toorn G, 2016, 'Mind the gap: The extent of violence against women with disabilities in Australia: The', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 51, pp. 341 - 359, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.1839-4655.2016.tb01235.x
    • Dowse L;Wiese M;Smith L, 2016, 'Workforce issues in the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme: Complex support needs ready?', RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, vol. 3, pp. 54 - 64, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23297018.2016.1161542
    • Dowse L;Dew A, 2016, 'Commentary by Leanne Dowse and Angela Dew on “Reducing the Inequality of Luck: Keynote Address at the 2015 Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability National Conference” (Bonyhady, 2016)', Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, vol. 3, pp. 129 - 133, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23297018.2016.1220262
    • Dowse LM;Steele L, 2016, 'Gender, Disability Rights and Violence Against Medical Bodies.', Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 31, pp. 187 - 202, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08164649.2016.1224054
    • Collings S;Dew A;Dowse L, 2016, 'Support planning with people with intellectual disability and complex support needs in the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme', Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, vol. 41, pp. 272 - 276, http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/13668250.2016.1151864
    • Didi AM;Soldatic K;Frohmader C;Dowse LM, 2016, 'Violence against women with disabilities: Is Australia meeting its human rights obligations?', Australian Journal of Human Rights
    • Steele LR;Dowse LM;Trofimovs J, 2016, 'Who is Diverted?: Moving Beyond Diagnosed Impairment Towards a Social and Political Analysis of Diversion', The Sydney Law Review, vol. 38, pp. 181 - 210
    • Baldry E;McCausland R;Dowse L;McEntyre E;MacGillivray P, 2016, '‘It’s just a big vicious cycle that swallows them up': Indigenous people with mental and cognitive disabilities in the criminal justice system', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 8, pp. 10 - 16
    • Dowse L;Wiese M;Dew A;Smith L;Collings S;Didi A, 2015, 'More, better, or different? NDIS workforce planning for people with intellectual disability and complex support needs', Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, pp. 1 - 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/13668250.2015.1125868
    • Cumming TM;Strnadová I;Dowse L, 2014, 'At-risk youth in australian schools and promising models of intervention', International Journal of Special Education, vol. 29, pp. 1 - 10
    • Dowse L;Cumming TM;Strnadová I;Lee JS;Trofimovs J, 2014, 'Young People with Complex Needs in the Criminal Justice System', Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, pp. 1 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23297018.2014.953671
    • Trofimovs J;Dowse L, 2014, 'Mental health at the intersections: The impact of complex needs on police contact and custody for Indigenous Australian men', International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, vol. 37, pp. 390 - 398, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijlp.2014.02.010
    • Soldatic KM;van Toorn G;Dowse L;Muir K, 2014, 'Intellectual Disability and Complex Intersections: Marginalisation under the National Disability Insurance Scheme', Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, vol. 1, pp. 6 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23297018.2014.906050
    • Baldry E;Clarence M;Dowse L;Trollor J, 2013, 'Reducing vulnerability to harm in adults with cognitive disabilities in the australian criminal justice system', Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, vol. 10, pp. 222 - 229, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jppi.12039
    • Darcy S;Dowse LM, 2012, 'In search of a level playing field – the constraints and benefits of sport participation for people with intellectual disability', Disability and Society, vol. 28, pp. 393 - 407, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2012.714258
    • Dowse LM, 2009, '‘It’s like being in a zoo.’ Researching with People with Intellectual Disability,', Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, vol. 9, pp. 141 - 153, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-3802.2009.01131.x
    • Dowse LM;Baldry E;Snoyman P, 2009, 'Disabling criminology: conceptualizing the intersections of critical disability studies and critical criminology for people with mental health and cognitive disabilities in the criminal justice system', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 15, pp. 29 - 46
    • Dowse LM, 2009, '`Some people are never going to be able to do that`. Challenges for people with intellectual disability in the 21st century', Disability and Society, vol. 24, pp. 571 - 584, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09687590903010933
    • Meekosha H;Dowse LM, 2007, 'Integrating Critical Disability Studies into Social Work Education and Practice: An Australian Perspective', Practice, vol. 19, pp. 169 - 183
    • Baldry E;Dowse LM, 2006, 'People with mental health disorders in the criminal justice system', New Paradigm, vol. June 2006, pp. 9 - 21
    • Dowse LM, 2001, 'Contesting Practices, Challenging codes: Self Advocacy, Disability Politics and the Social Model', Disability and Society, vol. 16, pp. 123 - 141
    • Meekosha H;Dowse L, 1997, 'Enabling citizenship: Gender, disability and citizenship in Australia', Feminist Review, vol. 57, pp. 49 - 72, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/014177897339650
    • Meekosha H;Dowse LM, 1997, 'Distorting Images, Invisible Images: Gender, Disability and the Media`', Media International Australia, vol. 84, pp. 91 - 101
    • Meekosha H;Jakubowicz A;Dowse LM, 1997, 'Exposing Mass Culture to Disability Issues`', Accessing Creative Expression, pp. 8 - 9

    Conference Papers

    • Baldry E;Dowse LM;Snoyman P;Clarence M;Webster IW, 2008, 'A critical perspective on Mental Health Disorders and Cognitive Disability in the Criminal Justice System', in Proceedings of the 2nd Australia and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference, 2nd ANZ Critical Criminology Conference, Sydney, presented at 2nd ANZ Critical Criminology Conference, Sydney, 19 - 20 June 2008
    • Baldry E;Dowse LM, 2006, 'People with Mental Health disorders in the Criminal Justice System', in Vicserve Richmond Fellowship ASPAC Conference, Partnerships toward recovery Mental Health Conference 2006. Vicserv Richmond Fellowship ASPAC, Melbourne, presented at Partnerships toward recovery Mental Health Conference 2006. Vicserv Richmond Fellowship ASPAC, Melbourne, 26 - 28 April 2006
    • Baldry E;Dowse LM, 2005, 'People with Mental Health Disorders in the Criminal Justice System', in Partnerships toward recovery Mental Health Conference 2006. Vicserv Richmond Fellowship ASPAC, Partnerships toward recovery Mental Health Conference 2006. Vicserv Richmond Fellowship ASPAC, Melbourne, presented at Partnerships toward recovery Mental Health Conference 2006. Vicserv Richmond Fellowship ASPAC, Melbourne, 26 - 28 April 2006
    • Dowse LM;McAlpine R;Strike J, 2001, 'From Recognition to Representation: critical issues for self advocacy by people with intellectual disability in Australia', in Disability with Attitude: Critical Issues 20 years after international year of disabled persons, Disability with Attitude: Critical Issues 20 years after international year of disabled persons, University of Western Sydney, Parramatta Campus, Sydney, presented at Disability with Attitude: Critical Issues 20 years after international year of disabled persons, University of Western Sydney, Parramatta Campus, Sydney, 16 - 17 February 2001
    • Wearing MJ;Dowse LM, 2000, 'Risk in practice, risk in theory: lUlrich Beck and the sub-politics of welfare', in TASA 2000 Conference, TASA 2000 Conference, Adelaide, Sth Aust, presented at TASA 2000 Conference, Adelaide, Sth Aust, 06 - 08 December 2000

    Reports

    • Dowse LM;Rowe S;McGillivray J;Newton D, 2017, Education, Training and Employment for Prisoners with Cognitive Disabilities: A Case Study, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/53/59f1236338e46
    • Collings SE;Dew A;Dowse L;Cooney E, 2017, Evaluation of Project RE PIN: Receive, Encode, Process and INtegrate drug and alcohol treatment strategies for people with cognitive impairment. Final Report, Sydney: UNSW Sydney.
    • Dew AH;Dowse L;Athanassiou U;Trollor J, 2016, Making Mental Health Policy Inclusive of People with Intellectual Disability Report
    • Collings S;Dew AH;Dowse L, 2016, Being a Planner with a Person with Disability and Complex Support Needs: Planning resource kit, NSW Department of Family and Community Services, http://www.unsworks.unsw.edu.au/UNSWORKS:unsworks_search_scope:unsworks_modsunsworks_38962
    • Collings S;Dew AH;Dowse L, 2015, The Support Planning Framework Project: Final Report, UNSW Sydney, Sydney
    • Baldry E;McCausland R;Dowse L;McEntyre E, 2015, A Predictable and Preventable path: Aboriginal People with mental and cognitive disability in the criminal justice system, UNSW, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.1.3457.2240
    • Dowse LM;Soldatic K;Did A;van Toorn G, 2013, Stop the Violence: Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls with Disabilities in Australia. Background Paper, Women with Disabilities Australia, http://www.stvp.org.au/
    • Dowse LM;Soldatic K;Did A;van Toorn G, 2013, Stop the Violence: Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls with Disabilities in Australia. Background Paper, Women with Disabilities Australia, http://www.stvp.org.au/
    • Tudball J;Fisher KR;Sands T;Dowse LM, 2003, Supporting families who have a child with a disability, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, Supporting families who have a child with a disability

    Conference Presentations

    • Baldry E;Dowse LM;Clarence M;Snoyman P, 2009, 'New Directions in Disability Studies and Offending', presented at Disability Studies Conference, UNSW, 26 - 27 June 2009
    • Baldry E;Clarence M;Dowse LM;Snoyman P, 2009, 'Patterns of Involvement of People with Mental Health Disorders and Cognitive Disabilities in the NSW Criminal Justice System', presented at Disability Studies Conference, UNSW, 26 - 27 June 2009

    Working Papers

    • Butler T;Haikerwal M;Schofield P;Dowse L;Withall A;Turnbull T;Cations M;Simpson MA, 2016, Linking health and justice data: Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Data Availability and Use, NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Offender Health, Kirby Institute, Sydney

Teaching

Teaching Areas

Disabilty studies, qualitative and mixed method research methodologies, social policy, human behaviour, and  criminology.

Honours and prizes

Dean’s Award for Research Society Impact 2014 for the Stop the Violence, Stop the Silence: Addressing Violence for Women with Disabilities Project.

Professional contribution

Leanne is a member of the Editorial Board for Journal on Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; and member of the Advisory Board for Writing from Below - an interdisciplinary journal in Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies.

She currently serves as a member of:

  • The NSW Department of Justice Disability Advisory Council
  • Children and Young Person’s Mental Health-Intellectual Disability Advisory Group, NSW Family and Community Services.
  • Behaviour Support Reference Group (2014-) NSW Family and Community Services
  • Disability Justice Project Steering Group NSW Family and Community Services. 
  • NSW Ombudsman, Part 3C Best Practice Working Group of the Disability Reportable Incidents Scheme 
  • Australians for Disability Justice Coalition to address the incarceration of people with cognitive impairments

Affiliations and membership

Affiliations and Memberships

Member Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability

Member Society for Disability Studies, USA

Member (Associate) Women with Disabilities Australia

Member (Associate) Self Advocacy Sydney

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