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Creation of a training cafe for adults with intellectual disabilities: Why community collaboration is important for research

Dr Katrina Phillips completed her honours degree at Otago University in 2003 before moving to the University of Auckland to specialise in learning and behaviour.

She is a Registered Psychologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and for nearly the last two decades she has worked as a clinician alongside people with disability including people with intellectual disabilities, brain injury, dementia and autistic individuals.

She is currently the Director of the Behavioural Psychology Programme in the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland.

As an academic she aims for her research to impact on both the knowledge of the field and the people taking part in the research. Her research spans a range of research areas including methodological, teaching, and clinical utility. Despite these areas being rather divergent, they are linked by an emphasis on evidenced-based practice and the application of behavioural principles to change behaviours important to the people involved and society at large. Her current clinical research focus is decreasing inequity for people with disabilities, and she has projects focused on supporting people with intellectual disabilities in vocational settings, understanding how to most effectively train support staff of people with disabilities, and how to improve access to real and meaningful supported decision-making and choices for people with disability.


In 2020 Aotearoa's first training cafe for people with an Intellectual disability was opened as a result of a collaboration between the University of Auckland, an art gallery (Te Tuhi), and a service provider supporting adults with ID (Rescare Homes Trust). Two years on, and multiple lockdowns later, the training cafe has supported people into employment in other local cafes, Te Tuhi cafe itself, other businesses, and self employment. It has also resulted in the creation of Nga Mātauranga o Mahi, an ever-growing repository for programmes and resources to support employment, which is now being trialled with other training cafes and will soon expand to car detailing. In the current talk I will discuss the research generated from this collaboration and the impact on people involved.

I will also cover the benefits and pitfalls for research conducted as part of a community collaborations and provide guidance to people seeking to form similar relationships.

Zoom link
Password: psychology
Meeting ID: 388 513 1131

Date Monday, 5 September 2022
Time 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Audience Staff,Public,Postgraduate students,Undergraduate students
Event Type Seminar
LocationWilliam James Bldg., Seminar Room 1.03, Dunedin
Contact NameNarun Pat
Contact Phone03 479 4629

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