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.
Lisa holds a MA in Sociology (Applied Social Research) from the University of Limerick and PhD from the University of Ulster. Her PhD focussed on evaluating the efficacy of a health promotion intervention targeting healthy life style outcomes for people with learning disabilities in supportive living settings. In 2018, Lisa gained the postgraduate Certificate in Learning, Teaching and Assessment Practice in Higher Education and fellowship with the higher education academy.
Her main research interests and expertise include addressing reasons for 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 focused on the health promotion needs of people with learning disabilities.