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    Joann Kiernan is a learning disability nurse who has a keen interest in supporting children, young people and families. Her career has included high secure, residential and respite environments, community nursing and specialist roles. Joann joined EHU FOHSCM as a lecturer practitioner in 2000 and later joined the university as a full time lecturer. She currently teaches across multi disciplinary pre and post registration professional programmes. Following a keen interest in positive behaviour support and working alongside clinicians and families Joann developed and lead on the development of a  part time Diploma and BSc in Behaviour Analysis and Intervention designed to support practice caring for individuals who have complex behavioural needs.

    As part of Joann's research interests she has recently been involved in local SEND consultations with C/YP, families and professionals, transition research and the impact of behavioural needs on the experiences of C/YP and families.

    Passionate about access for all people with a learning disability and autistic spectrum conditions Joann currently holds a seconded Consultant Nurse post at Alder Hey Children's Hospital where she supports strategy and practice development in equality of access to healthcare for C/YP with a learning disability and autistic spectrum conditions.    

    Education/Academic qualification

    Learning Disability/ Children/ Behavioural Needs, PhD, Manchester Metropolitan University

    Award Date: 1 Jul 2013

    Profound Learning Disability and Multi-Sensory Impairment, MSc, University of Manchester

    Award Date: 1 Dec 2000

    Behavioural Approaches , PGCert, University of Manchester

    Award Date: 1 Jun 1996

    Health Studies, BSc

    Award Date: 1 Jul 1995

    Other positions

    External Examiner, University of Hull

    Jan 2020Jan 2024

    External Examiner , University of Cumbria

    Jan 2016Sep 2020

    Consultant Learning Disability Nurse, Alder Hey Children's Foundation NHS Trust

    Jul 2014Jul 2023

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    Research Output

    • 2 Citations
    • 1 h-Index
    • 4 Article
    • 1 Project report
    • 1 Poster
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  • Mothers’ perspectives on the lived experience of children with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour.

    Kiernan, J., Mitchell, D., Stansfield, J. & Taylor, C., 19 Nov 2017, In : Journal of Intellectual Disabilities.

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    • 1 Research degree supervision

    PhD Supervision: Simon Nielson

    BERNIE CARTER (Supervisor), JOANN KIERNAN (Director of Studies) & LUCY BRAY (Supervisor)

    Sep 2017Sep 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesResearch degree supervision