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Professor Iva Strnadova

My Expertise

Iva Strnadová's research aims to contribute to better understanding and the improvement of the life experiences of people with disabilities, especially those most marginalized, such as people with intellectual disabilities. Combining research with advocacy is essential in her research program, which builds on supporting the self-determination (including self-advocacy) of people with intellectual disabilities, and is grounded in an innovative inclusive research approach, in which people with intellectual disabilities are included in the role of researcher.

She has a particular research interest in the well-being of people with developmental disabilities (intellectual disabilities and autism) and their families over the life span, diverse transitions in lives of people with disabilities (particularly intellectual disabilities and autism); girls and women with intellectual disabilities; parents with intellectual disabilities; and inclusive research.

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Iva Strnadová is Professor in Special Education and Disability Studies at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Her research aims to contribute to better understanding and the improvement of the life experiences of people with disabilities, especially those most marginalized, such as people with intellectual disabilities. Combining research with advocacy is essential in her research program, which builds on supporting the...view more

Iva Strnadová is Professor in Special Education and Disability Studies at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Her research aims to contribute to better understanding and the improvement of the life experiences of people with disabilities, especially those most marginalized, such as people with intellectual disabilities. Combining research with advocacy is essential in her research program, which builds on supporting the self-determination (including self-advocacy) of people with intellectual disabilities, and is grounded in an innovative inclusive research approach, in which people with intellectual disabilities are included in the role of researcher.

She has a particular research interest in the well-being of people with developmental disabilities (intellectual disabilities and autism) and their families over the life span, diverse transitions in lives of people with disabilities (particularly intellectual disabilities and autism); girls and women with intellectual disabilities; parents with intellectual disabilities; people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities, and inclusive research.

Iva Strnadová has a strong history of securing national and international research grants. Since 2005, she has been one of the CIs on more than thirty different research projects on both national and international levels. She conceptualised the research projects, managed research teams, and in some of the projects mentored fellow CIs in the application of the grounded theory approach.


My Grants

Selected research grants

 

2020 NSW Department of Education, Australia - Strnadová, I., & Dowse, L. Disability Strategy Implementation: Literature review on support for students with disability.

2020 NSW Department of Education, Australia - Strnadová, I., Danker, J., Loblinzk, J., Dowse, L., & Lenne, B. Capturing perspectives on student well-being from students with intellectual disability and/ or autism in NSW schools: Listening to voice of students with high support needs.

2020 University of New South Wales Sydney - Strnadová, I., Danker, J., Loblinzk, J., & Self Advocacy Sydney. Online peer support and peer mentoring and its impact on social inclusion and well-being of people with intellectual disability.

 

2020 UNSW Disability Innovation InstituteHarrison, R., Mimmo, L., Woolfenden, S., Travaglia, J., Strnadová, I., Hodgins, M., Dew, A., Philips, K., & Oulton, K. What does it mean to have a good hospital experience? Participatory research with children with intellectual disability.

 

2020 University of New South Wales Sydney, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Strnadová, I., Danker, J., Loblinzk, J., Malouf, R., & IDRS. Sexuality, rights and relationships education for students with intellectual disabilities and autism.

 

2020 Fardell, J., Campbell, L. Shortland, L. Cumming, T., Strnadová, I., Wakefield, C., & Marshall, G. Coordinated health and education support planning – Education focus in models of care.

 

2019 University of New South Wales Sydney, UNSW Gonski Education Institute - Cumming, T. M., & Strnadová, I. A Wraparound approach to ‘whole of student’ issues: Education, health, and community services

 

2019 University of New South Wales, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Strnadová, I., Danker, J., Loblinzk, J., Walmsley, J., Tilley, E., & Armstrong, A. Self-advocacy and its impact on subjective well-being

 

2019 UNSW Disability Innovation Institute - Strnadová, I., Cumming, T. M., Martin, A., Danker, J., & Loblinzk, J. Mobile Technology as a Tool to Increase Social Inclusion of People with Intellectual Disabilities

 

2018 University of New South Wales, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Strnadová, I. & Loblinzk, J. Girls and women with intellectual disabilities finding ways to belong

 

2018 University of New South Wales, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Education - Strnadová, I. & Loblinzk, J.Adolescent girls with intellectual disabilities: Education that matters.

 

2017 ANZSOG (the Australian and New Zealand School of Government) - Dowse, L., Strnadová, I., & Dew, A. Models of Support for people with intellectual disability and complex support needs

 

2017 University of New South Wales, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Collaborative Research Scheme - Dowse, L., Strnadová, I., Dew, A., Collings, S., Smith, L., & Meltzer, A. Families with complex support needs: Models of peer support. 

 

2017 University of New South Wales, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Education - Strnadová, I. & Loblinzk, J. Parents with intellectual disabilities: Effective models of peer support.

 

2017 - 2018 The Czech Science Foundation (GACR); Czech Republic Hájková, V., Němec, Z., Strnadová, I., & Květoňová, L.Preconceptions, construction and reconstruction of teaching assistants’ professional identity. GA ČR 17-07101S. 

 

2016 University of Newcastle, Faculty of Education and Arts - Strnadová, I., Chambers, D., Patterson, D., & Dally, K. - Enhancing teacher preparedness for inclusive education: Preparing teachers for professional collaborations in inclusive settings.

 

2016 - 2017 Charles University Research Council, Czech Republic - Adamčíková, Z., Strnadová, I., & Bernoldová, J. Formal support of parents with intellectual disabilities: Analysis of capabilities, knowledge and attitudes of social workers supporting parents with intellectual disabilities within home-based services. Research grant No.310416, 34.44% success rate.

 

2016 University of New South Wales, Faculty of Art and Design - Silvera-Tawil, D., Strnadová, I., & Cumming, T.M. Social stories in robot-assisted therapy for children with autism. UNSW ethics approval number: HC15655.

 

2016 University of New South Wales, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Collaborative Scheme - Strnadová, I., & Johnson, K. The search for belonging. Belonging and social inclusion as perceived by people with intellectual disabilities. UNSW ethics approval number: HC16132.

 

2016 University of New South Wales, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Education - Strnadová, I. Transitions in the lives of older adults with intellectual disability: Listening to the voices of adults, their parents, and their siblings. UNSW ethics approval number:HC16224.

 

2015 - 2018 Australian Research Council - Dowse, L., Mendes, P., Strnadová, I., Lee, J.S., Cumming, T.M., Snow, P., Smith, L., Ellem, K., Birt, E. (2015-2017). Lost in Transition: supporting young people with complex support needs. ARC LP15.

 

2015 UNSW School of Education, NSW Department of Education, and NSW Department of Juvenile Justice - O’Neill, S., Strnadová, I., & Cumming, T. (2015). How Juvenile Justice and Education support the transition of school-aged youth from within a custodial environment to the community: Lessons to be learned and celebrations to share. UNSW ethics approval number: HC15100; SERAP ethics approval number: 2015031; DJJ ethics approval – Doc Ref: D15/147/15.

 

2014 - 2016 Charles University Research Council, Czech Republic - Bernoldová, J., Strnadová, I., & Adamčíková, Z. Motherhood of women with intellectual disability: Analysis of the current support and factors influencing the effort to becoming a successful mother. 

 

2014 University of New South Wales, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Cumming, T., & Strnadová, I. Transitions of students with emotional and behavioural disorders: A flexible integration model.

 

2013 University of New South Wales, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Strnadová, I., & Cumming, T. Transitions of students with developmental disabilities: Fostering School-Home Partnerships.

 

2012 University of New South Wales, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Dowse, L., Lee, J.S., Strnadová, I., & Cumming, T. Young people with disabilities in the criminal justice system: Exploring patterns of involvement and frameworks of intervention.

 

2012 UNSW Goldstar Award - Strnadová, I., & Cumming, T. Investigating the coping skills of ageing women with intellectual disabilities: Developing a strategy-based framework for promoting healthy ageing.

 

2012 University of New South Wales, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Cumming, T., & Strnadová, I. Survey of positive behavioural supports and wraparound services supporting students with intellectual disabilities.

 

2011 University of New South Wales, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Strnadová, I., & Cumming, T. Women with intellectual disabilities becoming active researchers: Using iPads to facilitate research training.

 

2009 Go8 European Fellowship - Strnadová, I. Well-being of women with intellectual Disabilities: voices of women and their families. HREC, University of Sydney, 04-2008/10575.

 

2009 - 2011 The Czech Science Foundation (GACR);Czech Republic - Květoňová, L., Hájková, V., & Strnadová, I. Special education in the conditions of inclusive education. GA ČR 406/09/0710. 3 years research grant.

 

2006 - 2009 The Czech Science Foundation (GACR);Czech Republic - Vágnerová, M., Strnadová, I., & Krejčová, L. Analysis of stress  factors within families of children with disabilities living with one parent. GA ČR 406/06/0779. 

 

2003 The Czech Science Foundation (GACR);Czech Republic - Matejček, Z., Roth, Z., Strnadová, I., & Krejčová, L. Analysis of stress factors within families of children with specific learning disabilities. GA ČR 406/04/0689.


My Qualifications

Mgr. (Master of Special Education; Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic), PhDr. (Doctor of Philosophy; Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic), PhD (Doctor of Philosophy; Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic), Doc (Associate Professor; Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic)


My Awards

AWARDS

2018 - CDS Excellence Award in Research 2018, awarded by the Centre for Disability Studies, University of Sydney.

 

2017 - The Ralph Rawlinson Perpetual Award to the UNSW Special and Inclusive Research Group (SIERG) for Education of Disadvantaged Students. This award is awarded by the Australian College of Educators (ACE) Inner Sydney Region Annual Awards 2017. 

 

2017 - The Self Advocacy, Inc. “2017 J. Moss Award”. This award is awarded by the Self Advocacy Sydney, Inc. to a person “who has done outstanding working the field of intellectual disability”.

 

2017 - The Faculty of Arts & Social Science Dean’s Research Awards in the category “Achievements in Research Leadership”.

 

2017 - Shortlisted for the UNSW, Faculty of Arts & Social Science Dean’s Research Awards in the category “Best Monograph”. 

 

2016 - The PGC Supervisor Award by the Postgraduate Council (PGC) at UNSW; this award is given to successfully student-nominated HDR supervisors (nominations are reviewed and selected by ARC) every year.

 

2015 - Shortlisted for the UNSW, Faculty of Arts & Social Science Dean’s Research Awards in the category “Achievements in Research Leadership”.  

 

2009 - The Go8 European Fellowship Award.

 


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

Issues relevant to people with intellectual disabilities and autism, for example: 

  • well-being of people with intellectual disabilities and autism over the life span, 
  • diverse transitions in lives of people with intellectual disabilities and autism; 
  • girls and women with intellectual disabilities; 
  • parents with intellectual disabilities; 
  • self-advocacy; and 
  • use of mobile technology by people with intellectual disabilities and autism.

Currently supervising

UNSW Sydney

PhD students

Michelle Wai Yun Tso - Friendship experiences of adolescent girls with autism 

Saira Hossain – What really matters for secondary school student well-being in Bangladesh?

Benjamin Garcia Lee (Scientia Scholar) - Belonging and people with intellectual disabilities and complex needs

Caroline Mary Basckin - Evidence-based practices for teaching reading to primary school students with a disability: Teachers’ understanding and implementation

Chen Han - Behavioural supports for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) receiving special education services in Western China: An analysis of teachers’ knowledge, attitudes, and implementation of evidence-based practices.

Murni Sianturi - Technology and family-school partnerships

 

EdD students

Michelle Davies - Supporting siblings through programs/initiatives where there is a disability in the family

Helen Shearing - Love me but let me go: reviewing current practices to improve the outcomes and opportunities for young people with disabilities post-school.

Kelly Muffett - Inclusive education


My Engagement

Current board roles

2018 - Secretary of the Self-Advocacy Sydney, Inc. (SAS)

 

2017 - Member of the Special Education Committee of the Board of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) as a person with expertise in the special education sector in NSW

 

2017 - Executive Member of The Special Interest Research Group on Parents and Parenting with Intellectual Disabilities (SIRG/PID), International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID)

 

2015 - Vice-president of NSW Committee of the Australian Association of Special Education (AASE)

 

2011 - NSW Committee member of the Australian Association of Special Education (AASE)

 

Past board roles

2018  President of the Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA)

 

2017 - 2018 Vice-president of the Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA)

 

2016 - 2018 National Councillorof the Australian Association of Special Education (AASE)

 

2011 -  2018 Member of the Management Committee of the Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA)

 

2004 – 2010 Member of the committee for the Association for Intellectual Disability (scientific organization focused on mental retardation in the Czech Republic)


My Teaching

EDST4080 Special Education: Inclusive Strategies (BA/BEd)

EDST5113 Autism Spectrum Disorders (MEd)

EDST5111 Intellectual Disabilities (MEd)

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Location

G29 Morven Brown

Contact

+61 2 9385 3736
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