Dr Ewelina Rydzewska
- Research Associate (Mental Health & Wellbeing)
telephone: 0141 211 3889
Dr Ewelina Rydzewska joined the Institute of Health and Wellbeing as a Research Associate in March 2015, working in the Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory. Prior to commencing employment at the University of Glasgow, she worked for Autism Network Scotland within the School of Education at the University of Strathclyde. She had also worked as an Associate Lecturer in Childhood Studies at the University of the West of Scotland and briefly as a Tutor in Research Methods at the University of Strathclyde.
Dr Rydzewska holds an MA in Special Needs Education and a PhD in Education. In the past, Dr Rydzewska has been involved in a number of research projects on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) conducted both within academia and other sectors, including health, social care as well as autism and learning disability charities. In her work at the Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory, she is investigating population demographics, health needs and determinants of health for people on the spectrum.
The theme continuously running through Dr Rydzewska's research is a concern with the experiences of people diagnosed or identified as having ASD and their accounts of interactions with professional support services. Dr Rydzewska's interests evolve around the experiences of life course transitions. In her work, she looks at processes of social and health inequality, mobility, inclusion and justice. She is particularly interested in patterns of vulnerabilty for people with ASD, including investigating common co-morbid conditions such as mental health problems and other additional difficulties such as risk behaviours. From a sociological perspective, her research is focused on patterns of social participation, forms of engagement and life aspirations. From a psychological perspective, Dr Rydzewska's work is concerned with notions of self-awareness, self-concept, identity and autonomy.
Keywords: autism, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, health, comorbidities, transitions
PhD grant: University of the West of Scotland, 2009-2012 £18,000
Project: Transition to adulthood for people with autism spectrum disorder
Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.
- Learning disabilities - The Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory
2018 - 2022
- Predictors of mental ill-health in mothers caring for a son or daughter with intelectual disabilities
Economic and Social Research Council
2017 - 2019
- MSc Global Mental Health Supervisor
- MSc in Primary Care Lecturer
- University of Strathclyde BSc Prosthetics & Orthotics Guest Lecturer