Associate Professor Leanne Dowse
Leanne Dowse is Associate Professor and Chair in Intellectual Disability Behaviour Support at the University of New South Wales. She has been a scholar, practitioner, supporter and ally in the area of cognitive disability for over twenty-five years. Leanne leads a program of research and teaching aimed at creating and exchanging knowledge to build capacity to support people with cognitive disability and complex support needs. Leanne’s work utilises a multidisciplinary approach to investigate social justice issues for people with complex needs and their families and supporters, in particular at the intersections of cognitive disability with psychosocial disability, challenging behaviour, social isolation, early life disadvantage, substance misuse, violence and abuse and contact with the criminal justice system. She is committed to ensuring that issues for people with cognitive disability and complex support needs remain at the forefront of consideration in reforming and transforming systems of social support.