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Claire is a mixed methods social scientist who conducts research in disability, ageing and health. Her research focuses on consumers' service perefrences, outcome measurement, and social return on investment.

Claire gained her PhD in Psychology from UniSA whilst working as a researcher on a number of disability, ageing, health and community services related projects at Flinders University. She completed her postdoc at UniSA, undertaking a social return on investment analysis of vehicle modifications for people with disability before returning to Flinders in 2019 to join the newly formed Health and Social Care Economics Group at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

She is currently project managing an ARC Linkage project to develop a new quality of life instrument with aged care consumers for quality assessment and economic evaluation. She recently won an Australian Association of Gerontology ECR Development Grant to extend this work into culturally and linguistically diverse communities: http://www.qol-acc.org/ 

Given her previous experience as an occupational psychologist working in vocational rehabilitation with disadvantaged job seekers, Claire has a particular research interest in the economic participation of people with disabilities. She recently completed a feasibility study on the use of Discrete Choice Experiments to elicit the social and economic participation service preferences of people with mild intellectual disability. She is currently conducting a qualitative study with business owners with intellectual disability to identify facilitators, barriers and outcomes of engagement in microenterprise as an employment pathway. Claire is also working on a quantitative study to identify the quality of life preferences of people with disabilities with a view to developing a suitable outcome measure for use in the economic evaluation of disability services. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of South Australia

Award Date: 16 Jun 2016

Master of Science, University of Hertfordshire

Award Date: 16 Dec 1994

Postgraduate Certificate, The Open University, UK

Award Date: 12 Dec 1992

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Middlesex University

Award Date: 24 Aug 1990


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