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Assistant Professor

Job Title
Assistant Professor (Research Focussed)
Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research
Research Interests

Samantha's broad research interests are the mental health and well-being of children and adults with intellectual disabilities and their families, as well as the impact of physical illness/chronic health problems on the well-being of people with intellectual disabilities.


Samantha Flynn is an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research (CEDAR). She is the Qualitative and Process Evaluation Lead for CEDAR and is experienced in qualitative methods including Thematic Analysis, Framework Analysis, Content Analysis, and Grounded Theory. She has expertise in Process Evaluations of Feasibility and Definitive trials, including Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) for complex interventions. As part of this work, she has experience in developing and refining Theory of Change and Logic Models. She also has expertise in systematic reviews. She is also the Director of Impact and Director of Teaching for CEDAR. Samantha is also the Assistant Editor for Social Media and Communications for the Journal of Intellectual Disability Research.

Title Funder Award start Award end
Family Lives - Tender Bid Family Lives 01 Feb 2018 31 Oct 2025
EOI: Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust (YEF) Youth Endowment Fund 25 Feb 2022 31 Jan 2025
PosFam ? A positively-oriented, family systems intervention for families of children with developmental disabilities Cerebra 01 Jan 2021 31 Dec 2023
Headsprout® Early Reading in Special Schools (EEF Framework) supplement to 62459 Education Endowment Foundation 19 Nov 2019 18 Jul 2023
Establishing an international platform for developing or adapting psychological treatments for mental health problems in young people with intellectual disability. Monash University 09 Feb 2021 08 Feb 2023
Coronavirus and people with learning disabilities study: UK Survey Wave 4 National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 01 May 2022 31 Jan 2023
Headsprout® Early Reading in Special Schools (EEF Framework) Education Endowment Foundation 04 Nov 2019 29 Apr 2022
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with learning disabilities and factors associated with better outcomes MRC 01 Sep 2020 31 Aug 2021
SEND evidence review Education Endowment Foundation 01 Mar 2019 01 Mar 2020
Evaluating the effectiveness of Active Support: establishing the platform National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), School of Social Care Research NIHR 30 Sep 2016 30 May 2017