Lisa O'Leary

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Dr Lisa O'Leary



Dr Lisa O’Leary started working as a lecturer in the School of Health and Social Care in August 2017. Prior to this, Lisa worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory at the University of Glasgow.

Her main research interests and expertise include addressing premature mortality of people with intellectual disabilities, and designing /evaluating health promotion interventions for this population group. Lisa has developed a strong insight into how health inequalities and health behaviours of people with intellectual disabilities need to be framed within an ecological model. Lisa has also a strong interest in improving the health of people with learning disabilities and their families. She developed this interest whilst working as social care worker and also whilst working on various research projects focussed on the health promotion needs of people with learning disabilities.



Invited Speaker

  • Supportive environments for health: getting the whole system involved



  • Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities
  • Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities


Conference Activity

  • Life expectancy and causes of death of people with Intellectual disabilities and people with Down Syndrome: Findings from two systematic reviews
  • An exploration of the organisational enablers and barriers of promoting healthy lifestyle behaviours for people with intellectual disabilities