Professor Leanne Dowse

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
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

Research

Leanne Dowse is 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).

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

    • Dreyfus S;Dowse L, 2018, 'Experiences of parents who support a family member with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour: “This is what I deal with every single day”', Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/13668250.2018.1510117
    • Dew A;Collings S;Dillon Savage I;Gentle E;Dowse L, 2018, '“Living the life I want”: A framework for planning engagement with people with intellectual disability and complex support needs', Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jar.12538
    • Didi A;Dowse L;Smith L, 2018, 'Intellectual disability and complex support needs: Human rights perspective for policy and practice', International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 22, pp. 989 - 1006, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13642987.2018.1485653
    • Collings S;Spencer M;Dew A;Dowse L, 2018, '‘She was there if I needed to talk or to try and get my point across’: specialist advocacy for parents with intellectual disability in the Australian child protection system', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 24, pp. 162 - 181, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1323238X.2018.1478595
    • Reppermund S;Dowse L;Dew A;Trollor J, 2018, 'Representation of people with intellectual disability in Australian mental health policy', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 52, pp. 618 - 619, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0004867418773882
    • Dew A;Dowse L;Athanassiou U;Trollor J, 2018, 'Current Representation of People With Intellectual Disability in Australian Mental Health Policy: The Need for Inclusive Policy Development', Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, vol. 15, pp. 136 - 144, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jppi.12239
    • Collings S;Dew A;Gordon T;Spencer M;Dowse L, 2018, 'Intersectional disadvantage: Exploring differences between aboriginal and non-aboriginal parents with intellectual disability in the New South Wales child protection system', Journal of Public Child Welfare, vol. 12, pp. 170 - 189, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15548732.2017.1379456
    • Collings S;Dew A;Dowse L, 2018, 'Unpacking the complexity of planning with persons with cognitive disability and complex support needs', Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, vol. 31, pp. 142 - 151, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jar.12381
    • 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
    • Reppermund S;Srasuebkul P;Heintze T;Reeve R;Dean K;Emerson E;Coyne D;Snoyman P;Baldry E;Dowse L;Szanto T;Sara G;Florio T;Trollor JN, 2017, 'Cohort profile: A data linkage cohort to examine health service profiles of people with intellectual disability in New South Wales, Australia', BMJ Open, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015627
    • 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
    • Didi A;Soldatic K;Frohmader C;Dowse L, 2016, 'Violence against women with disabilities: is Australia meeting its human rights obligations?', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 22, pp. 159 - 177, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1323-238X.2016.11882162
    • Steele L;Dowse 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Soldatic K;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
    • Dowse L;Cumming TM;Strnadova I;Lee J-S;Trofimovs J, 2014, 'Young People with Complex Needs in the Criminal Justice System', RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, vol. 1, pp. 174 - 185, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23297018.2014.953671
    • 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
    • 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
    • Darcy S;Dowse L, 2013, '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
    • 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
    • Dowse L;Baldry E;Snoyman P, 2009, 'Disabling criminology: conceptualising 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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1323238X.2009.11910860
    • Dowse L, 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 - 143, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-3802.2009.01131.x
    • Dowse L, 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 L, 2001, 'Contesting practices, challenging codes: Self advocacy, disability politics and the social model', Disability and Society, vol. 16, pp. 123 - 141, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/713662036
    • Dowse L, 2001, 'Contesting Practices, Challenging Codes: Self advocacy, disability politics and the social model', Disability and Society, vol. 16, pp. 123 - 141
    • Shaddock AJ;Dowse L;Richards H;Spinks AT, 1998, 'Communicating with people with an intellectual disability in Guardianship Board hearings: An exploratory study', Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, vol. 23, pp. 279 - 293
    • 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

    • Meltzer A;Dew A;Dowse L;Dillon Savage I, 2018, Team Up Evaluation Final Report - Easy Read version, UNSW Sydney, Sydney
    • Meltzer A;Dew A;Dowse LM;Dillon Savage I, 2018, Team Up Evaluation Final Report, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5b5e6cf007ed1
    • Hardcastle L;Dowse L;McGillivray J;Newton D;Rowe SD;Crosbie J;Giles M, 2018, A qualitative study of the experiences of ex-prisoners who are seeking employment, the experiences of practitioners who work with ex-prisoners who are seeking employment and models of practice used, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5b4fd5e63e8c6
    • Baldry E;Bright D;Cale J;Day A;Dowse L;Giles M;Hardcastle L;Graffam J;McGillivray J;Newton D;Rowe SD;Wodak J, 2018, A Future Beyond the Wall: Improving Post-release Employment Outcomes for People Leaving Prison Final Report, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5b4fd2de5cfb4
    • 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 and Supervision

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

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

Current HDR 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 withDisabilities in Indonesia
  • Snow Li, PhD School of Psychiaty. Complex support needs in individuals with intellectual disability and co-occurring mental illness

Recent HDR completions:

  • Dr Alec Sewell, PhD Social Policy.Complex needs: Multiple disadvantage and reductionism in the enactment of policy
  • DrAriella Meltzer, PhD Social Policy.Siblings, young people and relational experiences of disability
  • DrLinda 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

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.

Engagement and Professional contributions

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
  • Leanne is a member of the Editorial Board forJournal onResearch and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; and member of the Advisory Board forWriting from Below - aninterdisciplinary 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

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