Leanne Dowse

Professor of Disability Studies
Professor

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 is a founding member of the Australian's for Disability Justice Campaign and serves on a range of NSW and Federal government advisory bodies.

Publications

Book Chapters
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Dowse L, 2019, 'Worlds apart and still no closer to justice: Recognition and redress in gendered disability violence', in , pp. 38 - 53
2019
Smith L; Dowse L, 2018, 'Complexity and disability: drawing from a complexity approach to think through disability at the intersections.', in Ellis K; Garland-Thompson R; Kent M; Robertson R (ed.), , Routledge, London, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781351053228
2018
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
2017
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
2016
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
2016
Baldry E; Dowse LM, 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 and Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL, 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
2013
Conference Papers
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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 June 2008 - 20 June 2008
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 April 2006 - 28 April 2006
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 April 2006 - 28 April 2006
2005
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 February 2001 - 17 February 2001
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 December 2000 - 08 December 2000
2000
Conference Presentations
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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 June 2009 - 27 June 2009
2009
Baldry E; Dowse LM; Clarence M; Snoyman P, 2009, 'New Directions in Disability Studies and Offending', presented at Disability Studies Conference, UNSW, 26 June 2009 - 27 June 2009
2009
Journal articles
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Smith L; Dowse L, 2019, 'Times during transition for young people with complex support needs: entangled critical moments, static liminal periods and contingent meaning making times', Journal of Youth Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2019.1575346
2019
Rowe S; Dowse L; Newton D; McGillivray J; Baldry E, 2019, 'Addressing Education, Training, and Employment Supports for Prisoners With Cognitive Disability: Insights from an Australian Programme', Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jppi.12321
2019
Dew A; Collings S; Dillon Savage I; Gentle E; Dowse L, 2019, '“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, vol. 32, pp. 401 - 412, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jar.12538
2019
Athanassiou U; Cale J; Dowse L, 2019, 'A descriptive study of sex offending among incarcerated men with low intellectual functioning: offending parameters and sex offence characteristics in adulthood', CURRENT ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10345329.2019.1653421
2019
Dowse L; Dew A; Sewell A, 2019, 'Background paper for ASID position statement on intellectual disability and complex support needs', RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, vol. 6, pp. 5 - 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23297018.2019.1594347
2019
Ellem K; Baidawi S; Dowse L; Smith L, 2019, 'Services to young people with complex support needs in rural and regional Australia: Beyond a metro-centric response', Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 99, pp. 97 - 106, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.01.033
2019
Reppermund S; Heintze T; Srasuebkul P; Reeve R; Dean K; Smith M; Emerson E; Snoyman P; Baldry E; Dowse L; Szanto T; Sara G; Florio T; Johnson A; Clements M; McKenzie K; Trollor J, 2019, 'Health and wellbeing of people with intellectual disability in New South Wales, Australia: A data linkage cohort', BMJ Open, vol. 9, pp. e031624, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-031624
2019
Collings S; Dew A; Dowse L, 2019, '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, vol. 44, pp. 1 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/13668250.2017.128788710.3109/13668250.2017.1287887
2019
Gordon T; Dew A; Dowse L, 2019, 'Listen, learn, build, deliver? Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy in the National Disability Insurance Scheme', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 54, pp. 224 - 244, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajs4.73
2019
Dew A; Collings S; Dowse L; Meltzer A; Smith L, 2019, '‘I don’t feel like I’m in this on my own’: Peer support for mothers of children with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour', Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, vol. 23, pp. 344 - 358, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1744629519843012
2019
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
2018
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
2018
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
2018
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
2018
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
2018
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
2018
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
2018
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
2017
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, vol. 44, pp. 1 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/13668250.2017.1287887
2017
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
2017
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
2016
Collings SE; Dew A; Dowse L, 2016, 'Support Planning for people with intellectual disability and complex support needs in the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme', Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, vol. 41, pp. 1 - 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/13668250.2016.1151864
2016
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
2016
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
2016
Dowse L; Wiese M; Dew A; Smith L; Collings S; Didi A, 2016, 'More, better, or different? NDIS workforce planning for people with intellectual disability and complex support needs', Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, vol. 41, pp. 81 - 84, http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/13668250.2015.1125868
2016
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
2016
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
2016
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
2016
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
2016
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, vol. 22, pp. 159 - 177, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1323-238X.2016.11882162
2016
Cumming T; Strnadova I; Dowse L, 2014, 'At-Risk Youth in Australian Schools and Promising Models of Intervention', International Journal of Special Education, vol. 29, pp. 16 - 25, http://www.internationaljournalofspecialeducation.com/issues.cfm
2014
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, vol. 1, pp. 1 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23297018.2014.953671
2014
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
2014
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
2014
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 Disability, vol. 10, pp. 222 - 229, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jppi.12039
2013
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
2012
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
2009
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
2009
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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1323238X.2009.11910860
2009
Baldry E; Dowse LM, 2006, 'People with mental health disorders in the criminal justice system', New Paradigm, vol. June 2006, pp. 9 - 21
2006
Dowse LM, 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
2001
Dowse L, 2001, 'Contesting Practices, Challenging Codes: Self advocacy, disability politics and the social model', Disability and Society, vol. 16, pp. 123 - 141
2001
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
1998
Collings S; Dew A; Dowse L, '‘Testing it in the real world’: Using action research to apply a conceptual framework to social care planning', Action Research, pp. 147675031876153 - 147675031876153, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1476750318761534
Reports
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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
2018
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
2018
Meltzer A; Dew A; Dowse L; Dillon Savage I, 2018, Team Up Evaluation Final Report - Easy Read version, UNSW Sydney, Sydney
2018
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
2018
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.
2017
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
2017
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
2016
Dew AH; Dowse L; Athanassiou U; Trollor J, 2016, Making Mental Health Policy Inclusive of People with Intellectual Disability Report
2016
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
2015
Collings S; Dew AH; Dowse L, 2015, The Support Planning Framework Project: Final Report, UNSW Sydney, Sydney
2015
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/
2013
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/
2013
Working Papers
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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, http://dx.doi.org
2016