Natasha Spassiani

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Dr Natasha Spassiani

Lecturer

Biography

I received my B.Sc. (Hons.) (2008) and M.Sc. (2010) from York University in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science, and my Ph.D. (2015) in Disability Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Upon completing my Ph.D., I began a post-doctoral research fellowship at both the University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry and at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), in the Adult Neurodevelopmental Services Research Unit. In October 2015, I began a limited-term assistant professor faculty appointment at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), where I lead the development of a transformative accredited curriculum entitled 'Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice', which offers university students with intellectual disabilities a high academic standard of learning. In November 2016, I began working at Edinburgh Napier University in the School of Health and Social Care as a lecturer in learning disabilities.

Research Areas

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20 results

Experiences of health and aging for younger adults in long-term care: a social-ecological multi-method approach

Journal Article
Barber, B. V., Weeks, L. E., Spassiani, N. A., & Meisner, B. A. (2021)
Experiences of health and aging for younger adults in long-term care: a social-ecological multi-method approach. Disability and Society, 36(3), 468-487. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2020.1751074
There is an increasing number of younger adults with disabilities becoming residents of long-term care (LTC) homes across Atlantic Canada. Moving younger adults into LTC is le...

Emergency department nurses’ knowledge, skills, and comfort related to caring for patients with intellectual disabilities

Journal Article
Spassiani, N. A., Abou Chacra, M. S., Selick, A., Durbin, J., & Lunsky, Y. (2020)
Emergency department nurses’ knowledge, skills, and comfort related to caring for patients with intellectual disabilities. International Emergency Nursing, 50, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ienj.2020.100851
Introduction Individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) are more likely to visit the emergency department (ED) more frequently than their counterparts without ID. Nurses ...

The Impact of Organizational Supports on the Person‐Centered Health of People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Journal Article
Friedman, C., Rizzolo, M. C., & Spassiani, N. A. (2020)
The Impact of Organizational Supports on the Person‐Centered Health of People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 17(1), 70-78. https://doi.org/10.1111/jppi.12320
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have significantly poorer health than the general population. A key threat to health programs for people with IDD...

What is and isn’t working: Factors involved in sustaining community-based health and participation initiatives for people aging with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Journal Article
Spassiani, N., Meisner, B., Abou Chacra, M. S., Heller, T., & Hammel, J. (2019)
What is and isn’t working: Factors involved in sustaining community-based health and participation initiatives for people aging with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 32(6), 1465-1477. https://doi.org/10.1111/jar.12640
As people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) age it is important that I/DD agencies are prepared to support healthy aging in homes and in communities. Thi...

It's Okay to Teach People with an Intellectual Disability about Their Disability

Journal Article
Spassiani, N. A. (2018)
It's Okay to Teach People with an Intellectual Disability about Their Disability. The Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 31(3), 287-294
This paper introduces a newly accredited university programme for students with an intellectual disability (ID). The curriculum is largely based on disability studies pedagogy...

Self-management of health by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Journal Article
Friedman, C., Rizzolo, M. C., & Spassiani, N. A. (2019)
Self-management of health by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 32(3), 600-609. https://doi.org/10.1111/jar.12554
Background Self‐management of health includes people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) playing a key role in health management in collaborating with healt...

Community Based Dietician Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Journal Article
Friedman, C., & Spassiani, N. (2018)
Community Based Dietician Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 15(4), 343-349. https://doi.org/10.1111/jppi.12253
Background. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) experience significantly poorer health outcomes and a shorter life expectancy when compared to the ge...

Using Photovoice as a Participatory Method to Identify and Strategize Community Participation with People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Journal Article
Angell, A. M., Heffron, J. L., Spassiani, N. A., Heffron, J., Hammel, J., & Angell, A. (2018)
Using Photovoice as a Participatory Method to Identify and Strategize Community Participation with People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 25(5), 382-395. https://doi.org/10.1080/11038128.2018.1502350
Background: Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) experience barriers to community participation, yet their insider experiences of environmental barri...

Examining Chronic Disease, Pain-Related Impairment, and Physical Activity Among Middle-Aged and Older Adults in Canada: Implications for Current and Future Aging Populations

Journal Article
Meisner, B. A., Linton, V., Séguin, A., & Spassiani, N. A. (2017)
Examining Chronic Disease, Pain-Related Impairment, and Physical Activity Among Middle-Aged and Older Adults in Canada: Implications for Current and Future Aging Populations. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 33(3), 182-192. https://doi.org/10.1097/tgr.0000000000000154
Purpose: With high levels of chronic disease (CD) and pain-related functional impairment (PFI), and low levels of physical activity (PA) among middle-aged and older adults, it...

Likes, dislikes, supports and barriers: the experience of students with disabilities in university in Ireland

Journal Article
Spassiani, N. A., Ó Murchadha, N., Clince, M., Biddulph, K., Conradie, P., Costello, F., …Tully, K. (2017)
Likes, dislikes, supports and barriers: the experience of students with disabilities in university in Ireland. Disability and Society, 32(6), 892-912. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2017.1320272
There are more students with disabilities going to college than ever before. It is important that colleges understand the experiences of students with disabilities when in uni...