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.

Lisamarie Wood – Research Officer

Lisamarie works as a Research Officer for Praxis Care and is currently working on an external project in collaboration with Queens University of Belfast, ARK and CAN on safeguarding adults with learning disabilities.

She previously worked for a radiology company within the private healthcare sector after completing an undergraduate degree in Sociology and a Masters of Research. Lisamarie is currently a Visiting Research Associate with Queen’s University of Belfast.


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