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Brigit Mirfin-Veitch (2020)Research Associate Professor

BA(Hons) PhD


Associate Professor Brigit Mirfin-Veitch is a Research Associate Professor with the Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies. As a sociologist, Brigit has a strong interest in understanding the social lives of people with learning (intellectual) disability and is committed to initiating and achieving social change through research.

Brigit's research covers a wide range of topics, but she is particularly focused on health and wellbeing, access to justice issues, and parenting by people with a learning disability. She is experienced in qualitative research methodologies, and regularly undertakes transformative evaluation projects, education, and advisory roles within the disability sector.

Brigit is also the Director of the Donald Beasley Institute and an Adjunct Associate Professor within the School of Health and Social Development, Faculty of Health, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia (since 2018).

Brigit is currently supervising a number of PhD students, all pursuing disability-related doctoral research.


Watene, R. F., Mirfin-Veitch, B., & Asaka, U. (2023). Disabled person-led monitoring of the UNCRPD in Aotearoa New Zealand: Maximising the potential of civil society in the implementation of Article 33.3. In S. Robinson & K. R. Fisher (Eds.), Research handbook on disability policy. (pp. 85-99). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. doi: 10.4337/9781800373655.00014

Frawley, P., & Mirfin-Veitch, B. (2023). Sexuality and relationships: Informing rights-based policy and practice through research with and by people with intellectual disability in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. In S. Robinson & K. R. Fisher (Eds.), Research handbook on disability policy. (pp. 289-302). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. doi: 10.4337/9781800373655.00032

Anns, F., D'Souza, S., MacCormick, C., Mirfin-Veitch, B., Clasby, B., Hughes, N., … Bowden, N. (2023). Risk of criminal justice system interactions in young adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Findings from a national birth cohort. Journal of Attention Disorders, 27(12), 1332-1342. doi: 10.1177/10870547231177469

Dixon, L., Treharne, G., Pettie, M., Bowden, C., Patterson, T., Beres, M., Mirfin-Veitch, B., Shaw, R., Eketone-Kelly, A., & Ashdown, J. (2023). Male survivors of sexual violence and abuse (SVA): Barriers and facilitators to reporting and accessing services. (pp. 1-110). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Social Development. [Technical/Scientific Report].

Miyahara, M., & Mirfin-Veitch, B. (2023). Developmental passages to dance improvisation: An interpretive phenomenological study of lived and living conscious experiences. Research in Dance Education, 24(2), 173-192. doi: 10.1080/14647893.2021.1873262

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