James R. Mahoney

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James R. Mahoney

James R. Mahoney

James Mahoney is an executive director in Global Technology and head of Autism at Work & Employee Accessibility, JPMorgan Chase.

In this role, he oversees the program to identify positions for which people on the autism spectrum would add high value, and leads the effort to ensure employees with disabilities have accessible and assistive technology to facilitate their work. James has been with JPMC 7 years – prior to joining he held various leadership positions in the technology and business sectors. James’ previous companies include: IBM, First Marblehead, KeyBank, MetLife, Fidelity Investments, and Putnam Investments.


Anita Morris

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Anita Morris

Anita Morris

Anita runs award-winning social enterprise Hack Back CIC, working with people with a wide range of conditions. She is a highly skilled and experienced psychologist, facilitator and certified Master Coach, with an emphasis on behavioural change. She is a pioneer in the use of interaction with Birds of Prey / Falconry, combined with positive psychology, to positively impact mental health and well-being.

For the past 14 years, she has been developing the use of Birds of Prey / falconry skills as a developmental tool for autism. Anita is also the author of several children’s books starring her constant companion Murray The Owl, which help children to deal with the challenges of life. She is currently working on a book to help others to deliver animal-assisted interventions using her unique approach.


Dr Temple Grandin

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Dr Temple Grandin

Dr Temple Grandin

Temple is perhaps the most accomplished and well-known autistic person in the world.

Today she is the face of autism, a renowned professor of animal science at Colorado State University, bestselling author and international speaker on her pioneering work on animal welfare and on autism helping professionals and parents understand how to best support individuals with autism.

She’s also an inventor, creator of the hug machine, and pioneer of many innovations to make cattle slaughterhouses much more humane. The story of her life was made into an Emmy Award winning film played by Hollywood actress Claire Danes.


Professor Iain Broom

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Professor Iain Broom

Professor Iain Broom is based in the Research in the Faculty of Health & Social Care team, part of the University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care and is also a Clinical Professor in Metabolic Medicine at the University of Aberdeen. He was until recently a Consultant in Clinical Biochemistry and Metabolic Medicine within NHS Grampian. Iain also holds a Professorial Research Fellowship with The Rowett Research Institute.

Iain sits on several National and European research committees as a member responsible for peer review of research activity and in a special advisory capacity. He is also an international research advisor to the Institute of Health, University of Sydney (Australia). He is a member of a number of metabolic advisory boards within the pharmaceutical industry.

He is the author of over 200 research papers and has contributed to numerous textbooks and speciality publications.

Professor Keith Brown

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Professor Keith Brown

Professor Keith Brown, the Director of The National Centre for Post-Qualifying Social Work and Professional Practice at Bournemouth University (NCPQSW). He is also the Director of the Centre for Leadership, Impact and Management Bournemouth (CLiMB).


Professor Miles Fisher

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Professor Miles Fisher

Miles Fisher graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1979. He received his MD in 1988 for his thesis on ‘Evidence for a diabetic cardiopathy’. In 2010 he was made an Honorary Professor at the University of Glasgow. He has interests in diabetes and the heart, hypoglycaemia, and new treatments for diabetes.


Helen Minnis

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Helen Minnis

Helen is Senior Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Glasgow.  She spent time working as an Orphanage Doctor in Guatemala in the early 1990s prior to training in Psychiatry, and this stimulated an interest in the effects of early maltreatment on children’s development.  Her research focus has been on Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD): clinical aspects, assessment tools and behavioural genetics.   She is now conducting intervention research for maltreated children including a randomised controlled trial of an infant mental health service for young children in foster care and has recently been investigating the clinical overlap between RAD and ASD. 


John J Reilly

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John J Reilly

John joined the University in 2011 as John Anderson Research Leader and a Professor of Physical Activity & Public Health Science.  He was formerly Professor of Paediatric Energy Metabolism at the University of Glasgow. John’s current research work focuses on interventions for the prevention of child and adolescent obesity worldwide. This includes researching the consequences of obesity and low physical activity in children and adolescents globally as well as the global development and consequences of sedentary behaviour during childhood and adolescence.

He is involved in Knowledge Exchange largely through leading the ‘Active Healthy Kids Scotland Report Card’, a ‘state of the nation’ report on the physical activity and health of Scottish children and adolescents which now forms part of a global matrix of similar ‘report cards’ to facilitate international comparisons. John is also an editor of the journal of ‘Pediatric Obesity’ and has written over 200 peer reviewed papers on his research subjects.

Fin O’Regan

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Fin O’Regan

Fin O’Regan is one of the leading behaviour and learning experts in the UK and Europe. He was the Headteacher of the Centre Academy from 1996 -2002, the first specialist school in the UK for students between the ages of 7-19 specialising issues related to ADHD, ASD and ODD. He is currently a Behaviour and Learning Consultant and Trainer for a number of educational and commercial organisations both nationally and internationally.

He is an associate lecturer for Leicester University, the National Association of Special Needs, the Institute of Education, the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre. Vice Chairman of the UK ADHD Network and a board member of the European ADHD Alliance.

He has written a number of books and published articles on the subject of ADHD, Behaviour and Learning issues.

Dr Angela Kydd

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Dr Angela Kydd

Dr Angela Kydd is a Senior Lecturer in research with a focus on care homes at the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery at the University of the West of Scotland. She is a qualified general and mental health nurse and has specialised in working with older people in both acute and long term care settings. She worked in a clinical capacity for ten years post qualifying and then moved into higher education in 1995. Angela has set up degree modules and workshops in gerontology for post registered nurses and in 1998 started a Gerontology Interest Group for all staff in clinical, academic and research settings. In 2000 she took on the role as programme leader for the BSc Specialist in Gerontological Nursing programme and adapted this programme for use by the World Health Organisation.

In 2002 Angela took on the project management of an Erasmus Intensive Programme for students from Scotland, Finland and Sweden to study together. In 2010 she developed two masters modules, one on frailty and the other on international health and social care for older people. Past projects have included working with 2 large care home chains to developing the culture and care in a care home setting. Angela has a special interest in care homes and has undertaken work on supporting a culture of care in three large care homes in the West of Scotland.

 She currently is programme lead for the Masters in Later Life Studies and is module co-ordinator for the ‘Understanding Later Life’ and ‘Frailty’ modules within the programme. She acts as Director of Studies to several PhD, Masters and PG Cert Teaching and Learning students. Angela is lead editor and contributor to a gerontology textbook, The Care and Well-being of Older People, published by Reflect Press and has numerous publications which focus on the care of frail older people.