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Alison Alborz


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Current teaching speciality distance learning courses in research methodology (quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis) and research ethics.  


Alison is a psychologist specialising in the field of the intellectual and developmental disabilities and quality of life.

Initially based at the Hester Adrian Research Centre, she managed research into the epidemiology of 'challenging behaviour', and investigated the needs of informal carers and development of children with Down's syndrome. As a Research Fellow at the National Primary Care R&D Centre, University of Manchester, her work addressed issues of access to mainstream healthcare for people with intellectual disabilities and the role of health checks in primary care settings. 

Alison is now a Senior Lecturer at the Manchester Institute of Education, where her work focuses on Quality of Life.  She has theorised on the nature of quality of life, with a view to informing developments to improve mental health and wellbeing, particularly for those who have intellectual disabilities.  Based on her earlier work, her current focus is on the role of adult education in promoting better quality of life.

Research interests

  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Quality of life theorisation
  • Application of quality of life theory to improve mental health and wellbeing

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 2 May 2001

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology 2.i, Manchester Metropolitan University

Award Date: 6 Jul 1984

Areas of expertise

  • BF Psychology
  • Intellectual and Developomental Disabilities
  • Well-being
  • Education
  • HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
  • quality of life
  • Education


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