Dr Ewelina Rydzewska
- Honorary Research Fellow (School of Health & Wellbeing)
I am based at the University of Edinburgh where I work as a Lecturer in Health Futures at the Edinburgh Futures Institute and School of Health in Social Science. I am also an Affiliate at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing where I had previously worked as a Research Fellow for the Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory. In the past, I had worked for Autism Network Scotland at the University of Strathclyde, conducting research in collaboration with the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities. I currently collaborate with the SEARCH Center at the University of California, Riverside.
In my research, I investigate population demographics, health needs and determinants of health for people with autism and/or intellectual disabilities, using big data and data linkage methodologies. My work draws on various fields, such as public health, epidemiology, developmental and clinical psychology, which means that I often seek to cross disciplinary and methodological boundaries between health and social sciences and quantitative and qualitative research.
My academic interests evolve around multidimensional and interdisciplinary reflections on quality of life for people with autism and/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;
- life course transitions;
- self-harm and suicide risk;
- substance abuse;
- risk behaviours.
Affiliated research centres:
Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.
- Suicide Attempts and Deaths in People with Autism in Scotland: Secondary Data Analysis and Data Linkage of Administrative and Health Records
Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser
2023 - 2024
- 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 particularly interested in investigating health, health inequalities, mental health, suicide risk and substance abuse in populations with neurodevelopmental disorders. 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 currently teach and supervise students on the following courses:
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology;
- MSc in Global Mental Health;
- BSc Intercalated Degree in Clinical Medicine.
In the past, I had 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).