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Research Fellow

Samantha Flynn

University of Warwick


Phone: 07823 362152

Samantha joined CEDAR in April 2016, and has so far worked on several projects including: systematic reviews, Randomised Controlled Trials, feasibility studies, and developing a resource for parents of young children with developmental delays.

Her doctoral work examined the psychosocial cancer experiences of adults with intellectual disabilities and the people who care for them. Samantha’s current work is focussed on interventions for children with intellectual disabilities, and for families of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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.


Flynn, S., Hastings, R. P., Gillespie, D., McNamara, R., Randell, E. (2019). Trainer and support staff experiences of engaging with the Who’s Challenging Who? challenging behaviour training course. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, Online First. doi: 10.1177/1744629518821789

Hastings, R.P., Gillespie, D., Flynn, S., McNamara, R., Taylor, Z., Knight, R., Randell, E., Richards, L., Moody, G., Mitchell, A., Przybylak, P., Williams, B., Hunt, P. (2018). Co-produced training to improve support staff attitudes and empathy towards adults with intellectual disability and behaviours that challenge: A cluster randomised controlled trial of the Who’s Challenging Who? intervention. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 62(9), 798-813. doi: 10.1111/jir.12536

Richards, L., Williams, B., Przybylak, P., & Flynn, S. (2018). The experiences of people with learning disabilities in co-produced challenging behaviour training. Learning Disability Practice, 21(4), 28-35.

Flynn, S., Totsika, V., Hastings, R. P., Hood, K., Toogood, S., & Felce, D. (2018). Effectiveness of Active Support for adults with intellectual disability in residential settings: Systematic review and meta‐analysis. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 31(6), 983-998.

Flynn, S., Hastings, R. P., Gillespie, D., McNamara, R., & Randell, E. (2018). Is the amount of exposure to aggressive challenging behaviour related to staff work-related well-being in intellectual disability services? Evidence from a clustered research design. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 81, 155-161.

Vereenooghe, L., Flynn, S., Hastings, R. P., Adams, D., Chauhan, U., Cooper, S. A., ... & Langdon, P. E. (2018). Interventions for mental health problems in children and adults with severe intellectual disabilities: a systematic review. BMJ Open, 8(6), e021911.

Flynn, S., Vereenooghe, L., Hastings, R. P., Adams, D., Cooper, S. A., Gore, N., ... & McNamara, R. (2017). Measurement tools for mental health problems and mental well-being in people with severe or profound intellectual disabilities: A systematic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 57, 32-44.

Shipman, H., Flynn, S., MacDonald-Smith, C. F., Brenton, J., Crawford, R., Tischkowitz, M., ... & GTEOC Study Group. (2017). Universal BRCA1/BRCA2 testing for ovarian cancer patients is welcomed, but with care: how women and staff contextualize experiences of expanded access. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 26(6), 1280-1291.

Flynn, S., Hulbert-Williams, N., Hulbert-Williams, L., & Bramwell, R. (2016). “You don’t know what’s wrong with you”: An exploration of the cancer-related experiences of people with an intellectual disability. Psycho-oncology, 25(10), 1198–1205. doi: 10.1002/pon.4211

Flynn, S., Hulbert-Williams, L., Bramwell, R., Stevens-Gill, D., & Hulbert-Williams, N. (2015). Caring for cancer patients with an intellectual disability: Attitudes and care perceptions of UK oncology nurses. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 19(5), 568-574. doi: 10.1016/j.ejon.2015.03.002

Flynn, S., Hulbert-Williams, N., Hulbert-Williams, L., Bramwell, R. (2015). Psychosocial Experiences of Chronic Illness in Individuals with an Intellectual Disability: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 19(2),178-194. doi:10.1177/1744629514565680