Dr Ewelina Rydzewska
- Research Fellow (Mental Health & Wellbeing)
I work as a Research Fellow at the Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory, investigating population demographics, health needs and determinants of health for people with autism and/or intellectual disabilities. I hold an MA in Special Needs Education and a PhD in Education.
Prior to joining the University of Glasgow, I worked for Autism Network Scotland at the School of Education, University of Strathclyde, conducting research in collaboration with the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability and the National Autism Mapping Project team governed by Scottish Autism, National Autistic Society and the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services and funded by the Scottish Government. I currently collaborate with the SEARCH Center at the University of California, Riverside.
My work draws on various fields, such as public health, epidemiology, sociology, developmental and clinical psychology, and demography, which means that I often seek to cross disciplinary and methodological boundaries between health and social sciences and quantitative and qualitative research. My work is also heavily focused on turning gathered information into meaningful health intelligence to influence policy, service commission and practice by increasing the visibility of people with autism or intellectual disabilities within Scotland's routinely collected health and administrative data. Below is a video describing a recent research project investigating health conditions in adults with autism. You can find similar videos with more information about my research on the Scottish Learning Disabilities YouTube channel.
My academic interests evolve around the experiences of life course transitions and are concerned with multidimensional and interdisciplinary reflections on quality of life for people with autism or intellectual disabilities. I am particularly interested in researching patterns of vulnerability in these populations, including investigation of:
- health needs and health inequalities;
- mental health;
- self-harm and suicide risk;
- substance abuse;
- risk behaviours.
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
I am interested in all aspects of life course transitions and quality of life for people with autism and intellectual disabilities, but I am particularly keen to investigate health inequalities, mental health, suicide risk and substance abuse in these populations. I would be happy to supervise research students in any of these areas. Please, do get in touch if you wish to discuss a proposal with me.
I am currently a lead supervisor of Katie Rutherford's PhD project investigating therapeutic alliance in adults with autism and mental health problems.
I have supervised to completion the following research dissertations in MSc in Global Mental Health:
- Kwadwo Oduro (2020) 'Impact of living conditions and access to service on mental health and recovery of patients in public psychiatric hospitals in Sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review'
- Jordan Green (2020) 'Feelings of immorality and their impact on mental health in people with experiences of objectification: a systematic review'
- Tina Kenning (2019) 'Use of Services Amongst Homeless People Living with Autism in Glasgow, Scotland: A Qualitative Exploration of the Perspectives of Service Providers';
- Meta Sabeh (2017) 'The Impact of Cultural Factors on Children and Adolescents' Resilience: A Qualitative Exploration of the Perspectives of Mental Health Practitioners in Indonesia'.
I currently teach and supervise students on the following courses:
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology;
- MSc in Global Mental Health;
- MSc in Primary Care;
- BSc Intercalated Degree in Clinical Medicine;
- University of Strathclyde BSc in Prosthetics & Orthotics.
Prior to joining the University of Glasgow, I worked as an Associate Lecturer in Childhood Studies and Development at the University of the West of Scotland (BA in Childhood Studies and BA in Education) and as a Lecturer in Research Methods at the University of Strathclyde (MSc in Education Studies).