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Dr Brigit Mirfin-Veitch


Dr Brigit Mirfin-Veitch
Dr Brigit Mirfin-Veitch is the Director of the Donald Beasley Institute (DBI). The DBI is an independent charitable trust, which conducts research and education in the field of intellectual (learning) disability. She is also a Senior Lecturer with the Centre for Post Graduate Nursing Studies, University of Otago (Christchurch). As a sociologist Brigit has a strong interest in understanding the social lives of people with learning (intellectual) disability and is committed to initiating and achieving social change through research. Brigit has been involved in research on a wide range of topics including deinstitutionalisation, physical health, mental health and wellbeing, parenting and the law, and has disseminated and published widely across those areas. She is particularly experienced in qualitative and inclusive research methodologies.

Selected Publications
Journal Articles

  • Potiki-Bryant, K., Hale, L., Tikao, K., Milosavljevic, S., Wright-Waiwha, T., Ward, A., Mirfin-Veitch, B. (Accepted for publication). Art as a tool for disseminating research outcomes: The Hauā Māori Project and Participatory Acction Research in New Zealand. Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation.
  • Foster-Cohen, S., & Mirfin-Veitch, B. (2015). Evidence for the effectiveness of visual supports in helping children with disabilities access the mainstream primary curriculum. Journal of Research in Special Education Needs. Early access on line DOI: 10.111/1471-30802.12105 (journal article).
  • Hale, L., Mirfin-Veitch, B., & Treharne, G.J. (2015). Prevention of falls for adults with intellectual disability (PROFAID): a feasibility study. Disability and Rehabilitation. Early access on line 1-9 DOI: 10.2109/0963288.2015.1017613 (journal article).
  • Conder, J., & Mirfin-Veitch, B. (2015). Risk and resilience factors in the mental health and well-being of women with intellectual disability. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. Article first published online: 10 APR 2015DOI: 10.1111/jar.12153
  • Kanagasabai, P.S., Mulligan, H., Mirfin-Veitch, B. & Hale, L.A. (2014). Association between motor functioning and leisure participation of children with physical disability: an integrative review.
  • Sutherland, D., van der Meer, L., Sigafoos, J., Mirfin-Veitch, B., Milner, P., O’Reilly, M.F., Lancioni, G.E., & Marschik P.B. (2014). Survey of AAC needs for adults with intellectual disability in New Zealand. Journal of Developmental Physical Disability 26: 115-122. DOI 10.1007/s10882-013-9347-z
  • Pal, J., Hale, L., Mirfin-Veitch, B., & Claydon, L. (2013). Injuries and falls among adults with intellectual disability: A prospective New Zealand cohort study. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability. DOI: 10-3109/13668250.2013.867929
  • Janssen, J., Hale, L., Mirfin-Veitch, B., Harland, T. 2013. Building the research capacity of clinical physical therapists using a participatory action research approach. Physical Therapy, 93(7), 923-934.
  • Conder, J. Milner, P. & Mirfin-Veitch, B. (2011). Reflections on a participatory approach: The rewards and challenges for the lead researchers. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 36 (1), 39-48.
  • Conder, J., Mirfin-Veitch, B., Sanders, J. & Munford, R. (2010). Planned pregnancy, planned parenthood: Enabling choice for adults with learning disabilities. British Journal of Learning Disabilities. doi:10.1111/j.1468-3156.2010.00625.x

Edited Book Chapters

  • Mirfin-Veitch, B. & Brandford, S. (2014). Legal issues faced by elders with intellectual disability (In press). In Diesfeld K. (Ed). Essentials of Elder Law in New Zealand. Thomson Reuters.
  • Mirfin-Veitch, B. (2010). Citizenship and community participation. (pp. 95-106). In Llewellyn, G., Traustadottir, R., McConnell, D. & Sigurjonsdottir, H.B. (Eds) Parents with Intellectual Disabilities: Past, Present and Futures. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons
  • Mirfin-Veitch, B. & Ballard, K. (2005). Says who? Supporting participation in disability research. In P. O’Brien and M. Sullivan (Eds). Allies in emancipation: Shifting from providing service to being of support. (pp. 189-198). Palmerston North: Dunmore Press.
  • Hunter, A., Mirfin-Veitch, B. (2005). I’ve been in hospital all my life. In K. Johnson and R. Traustadottir (Eds). Deinstitutionalisation and people with intellectual disability. ( 85-92). London: J. Kingsley.