Professor Emerita Patricia O’Brien
From 2009-2020 Patricia was Director of the Centre for Disability Studies, affiliated with the University of Sydney. Prior to this role, Patricia held respective academic appointments at Trinity College, Dublin, as Director of the National Institute for Intellectual Disability and at the University of Auckland as Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Research.
Patricia’s research interests and publications cover deinstitutionalisation, individual supported living, housing, advocacy, inclusive education, community participation, service design and support. She is known for leading inclusive research initiatives where people with intellectual disabilities are involved as co-researchers. Patricia is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Intellectual Disability.