Praxis Care has an established Research Department that conducts a wide range of in-house and commissioned research in the area of learning disabilities, mental health, elderly, acquired brain injury and other health and social care issues.

The Department has carried out research on topics such as self-advocacy and user involvement, community health needs, volunteer befriending, alcohol related brain injury, and has evaluated various models of service provision.

The Praxis Care Research Department conducts an annual organisation-wide survey of user satisfaction amongst all our clients. The survey is called Views from U.

The Department is currently staffed by:

Paul Webb – Research Manager

Paul works as a Research Manager for Praxis Care where he has conducted a number of internal and externally contracted research projects in the areas of supported living, employability and advocacy. Current work includes collaborations with the University of Ulster and Queen’s University of Belfast in the areas of challenging behaviour and transitions and outcomes for care leavers.

Prior to working for Praxis Care, Paul worked as a Research Officer for another third sector organisation. Paul is also a Visiting Research Fellow at Queen’s University of Belfast, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and a member of the Social Research Association.

Rachel Mooney – Research Assistant

Rachel works as a Research Assistant for Praxis Care where she conducts a number of research projects including the annual service user survey.

Prior to working for Praxis Care, Rachel recently completed her BSc (Hons) Psychology degree, with the University of Ulster, Coleraine.

David Falls – Peer Researcher

David works as a Peer Researcher for Praxis Care on the Supported Decision Making project.

Prior to working for Praxis Care, David held Research Assistant roles at Stranmillis University College, Ulster University, and most recently at a professional services firm where he researched consumer behaviour.

David holds a PhD in Business and Management from Ulster University.

Fionnuala Keenan – Peer Researcher

Fionnuala works as a Peer Researcher for Praxis Care on the Supported Decision Making project.

Prior to working for Praxis Care, Fionnuala worked with the NSPCC as an advocate for children in Northern Ireland. During this role she accompanied organisations, such as Safeguarding NI, to create campaigns to help prevent stigma and raise concerns of over-looked mental health issues encountered by children and adolescents.

Fionnuala is currently working towards her BSc (Hons) Psychology degree in Queen’s University Belfast.

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