Dr Joanne Watson

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Lecturer In Disability And Inclusion

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Health & Soc. Dev.

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2016

Contact

joanne.watson@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 925 17189

Biography

Jo is a Speech Pathologist and researcher with over 25 years experience in the disability sector as a clinician, trainer, support worker, family member and researcher. Jo has worked in Australia, China, Hong Kong and the United States within these roles.


Jo's PhD explored supported decision-making mechanisms with people with severe-profound intellectual disabilities and those who care for and about them.


Jo has a special interest in working with and supporting people with severe to profound intellectual disability and their supporters, augmentative and alternative communication, assistive technology, supported decision-making, and the application of digital technologies in her teaching and practice.


Jo's publications include book chapters and peer and non-peer reviewed academic journals and publications. Jo presents widely in the area of disability and communication disorders within Australia and internationally.

Jo has an active following on Twitter. Her Twitter handle is @jowat

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Career highlights

TedX inspired Talk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMerG7CULJE

Keynote address

Inclusion: A universal human right?

https://vimeo.com/23019913

Affiliations

Memberships:

International Society on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC)
Australian Group on Severe Communication Impairment (AGOSCI)
International Association on Intellectual Disability (IASSID)
Australian Society on Intellectual Disability (ASID)
Graduate Women Victoria (GWV)
Amnesty International

Teaching interests

  • Augmentative and Alternative communication
  • Inclusion
  • Severe to profound intellectual disability
  • UNCRPD
  • Supported decision-making
  • Assistive technology

Units taught

H508 - Graduate Certificate of Disability and Inclusion

  • HDS730 - Disability and inclusion: contemporary theory and lived experience
  • HDS731 - Planning for inclusion across the life course
  • HDS732 - Determinants of health and well-being in the lives of people with disability
  • HDS733 - Community capacity building –theory and practice for inclusion

H608 - Graduate Diploma of Disability and Inclusion

  • HDS734 - Inclusive technology and design

Knowledge areas

Severe and profound intellectual disability, individualised supports, supported decision-making, and augmentative communication (AAC).

Awards

Graduate Women Victoria Madeleine Capicchiano Bursary 2015

Yungaburra Foundation Award, Deakin University 2015

Finalist in Victorian Disability Awards (Lifetime achievement award) 2014

ISAAC Travel award 2014

Scholarship Victorian Department of Human Services Office of Senior Practitioner Ph.D Scholarship 2010

Victorian Department of Human Services Ethel Temby Study tour scholarship 2005

Assistive Technology Achievement Award from Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology 2001

Projects

Listening to those rarely heard: Supported decision-making for people with severe to profound intellectual disability

Video available at: https://vimeo.com/21176882

Publications

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2017

Future direction in supported decision making

A Arstein-Kerslake, J Watson, M Browning, J Martinis, P Blanck

(2017), Vol. 37, Disability studies quartely, Columbus, Oh., C1

journal

Supporting end of life decision making: case studies of relational closeness in supported decision making for people with severe or profound intellectual disability

J Watson, E Wilson, N Hagiliassis

(2017), Vol. 30, pp. 1022-1034, Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal
2016

Assumptions of decision-making capacity: the role supporter attitudes play in the realisation of Article 12 for people with severe or profound intellectual disability

J Watson

(2016), Vol. 5, pp. 1-9, Laws, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal
2012

Assessing communication in people with severe-profound disabilities: co-constructing competence

H Johnson, J Watson, T Iacono, K Bloomberg, D West

(2012), Vol. 14, pp. 64-68, Journal of clinical practice in speech-language pathology, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal

Supported decision-making for people with severe or profound intellectual disability: 'we're all in this together, aren't we?'

J Watson

(2012), pp. 38-48, Services and families working together to support adults with intellectual disability : Proceedings of the 6th Annual Roundtable on Intellectual Disability Policy, Melbourne, Victoria, E1-1

conference

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Supported Decision Making - Listening to those seldom heard PhD Student Jo Watson

A/Prof Erin Wilson, Dr Joanne Watson

  • 2012: $3,000
  • 2011: $28,000
  • 2010: $59,000

Industry and Other Funding

Social skills games are fun

Prof Susan Balandin, Prof Stefan Greuter, Dr Joanne Watson

  • 2018: $50,000

Deakin University Evaluation of Five Clients Moving into New 'Smart House'.

Prof Susan Balandin, Dr Joanne Watson, Mr Pearse Fay

  • 2018: $41,378

Choice Mentor Program - Allies in Decision Making

Prof Susan Balandin, A/Prof Patsie Frawley, Dr Joanne Watson

  • 2018: $24,000

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report