Associate Professor Patsie Frawley

Patsie Frawley

Associate Professor Disability and Inclusion Studies

Qualifications: Dip Teaching (Primary) (ACU); Grad Dip Special Education (Deakin University); Master Special Education (Deakin University); PhD (LaTrobe University)

About Patsie

Patsie uses a human rights framework for looking at inclusion with people with disabilities through inclusive research and by engaging with the lived experience of disability in her teaching. Her research focuses on sexuality rights and issues of ableist and gendered violence and abuse in the lives of people with disabilities. Her current research is looking at co-development of accessible information with LGBTIQ people with intellectual disabilities, sexual health counselling and education with people with intellectual disabilities, and co-development of new resources with young people with disabilities to enhance their access to education and support for sexuality and relationships. Patsie is a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Intellectual Disability, and holds Honorary appointments with Deakin University, Australia and the Donald Beasley Institute, Dunedin.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

Patsie supervises PhD and Masters students at the University of Waikato and is an external supervisor for two PhD and one Masters student at Deakin University Australia. Student's projects include studies in disability and literacy, school transition for students with ASD, safety and wellbeing of students with ASD, Universal Design in the built environment and identity and disability.

Recent Publications

  • Frawley, P., & McCarthy, M. (2022). Supporting people with intellectual disabilities with sexuality and relationships. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. doi:10.1111/jar.12983

  • Tucker, R., Frawley, P., Lozanovska, M., & Prain, M. (2022). Co-designing in Australia housing for people with intellectual disability: an integrative literature review. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment. doi:10.1007/s10901-022-09948-y

  • Do, P. L., Frawley, P., Goldingay, S., & O'Shea, A. (2021). The Use of Photovoice in Research With People on the Autism Spectrum: A Meta-Synthesis of the Literature. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 87. doi:10.1016/j.rasd.2021.101828

  • Marks, G., O’Shea, A., McVilly, K. R., Frawley, P., & Despott, N. (2020). “Where’s the human dignity in that?”: LGBTQIA + people with intellectual disability exploring sexual lives and respectful relationships. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 32(3), 354-376. doi:10.1080/10538720.2020.1752875

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