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Assistant Professor

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

Samantha's research interests are primarily in understanding and supporting the health and wellbeing needs of people with neurodevelopmental conditions (including autism, ADHD, intellectual disabilities) and the health and wellbeing needs of the people who support them (e.g., family carers, paid support workers).


Samantha Flynn is an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Research in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (CIDD). She is the Qualitative and Process Evaluation Lead for CIDD 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 CIDD. Samantha is also the Assistant Editor for Social Media and Communications for the Journal of Intellectual Disability Research.

Title Funder Award start Award end
Standard Teen Triple P for parents/carers of 11-15 year olds at the edge-of-care: A Randomised Controlled Trial with internal pilot (Full Application, outline 73702) Youth Endowment Fund 01 Feb 2023 31 Oct 2026
Family Lives - Tender Bid Family Lives 01 Feb 2018 31 Oct 2025
The Solutions Trial EOI: Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust (YEF) Youth Endowment Fund 25 Feb 2022 31 Jan 2025
NIHR HTA Stage 2: Medication support interventions for people with learning disability National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 01 Sep 2022 30 Jun 2024
'Online psychological wellbeing interventions for family carers of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A systematic review' - Cerebra Stream 2 Application Cerebra 01 Sep 2022 29 Feb 2024
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
Coronavirus and people with learning disabilities study: UK Survey Wave 4 National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 01 May 2022 30 Apr 2023
Establishing an international platform for developing or adapting psychological treatments for mental health problems in young people with intellectual disability. Monash University 01 Feb 2021 31 Dec 2022
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