My research and scholarship focus on transforming how disability is understood and addressed in rehabilitation within two primary themes:
1) Social and Ethical Dimensions of Children’s and Rehabilitation. My research program investigates how social, cultural, and institutional practices intersect in producing health, inclusion/exclusion, and identity of (and with) disabled children and youth. The aim is to improve the wellbeing of disabled young people through a critical interrogation of key principles (e.g. disability, normality, in/dependence) underpinning children’s rehabilitation and societal constructions of disability. Moreover, the work is oriented to developing and researching real world changes in how disability is understood, taught, researched, and addressed in rehabilitation. My work is interdisciplinary and intersectional; drawing upon sociological studies of health, rehabilitation, bioethics, and critical disability studies.
2) Critical Rehabilitation Studies. My work in this area focuses on expanding the philosophical foundations of rehabilitation and physical therapy through international collaborations targeted to the development of ‘critical’ scholarship.