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Senior Lecturer Russell Shuttleworth is Co-ordinator of the MSW Program in the School of Health and Social Development. His teaching responsibilities currently include several classes in research methodology and another on care and risk. Russell recently co-edited a book with Teela Sanders (Leeds University) entitled, Sex and Disability: Politics, Identity and Access. He has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals as well as book chapters on subjects including sexuality and disability, aged care and disability studies theory.
Unit Chair: HSW 221 Social Work Research in Ethical and Political Contexts
Unit Chair: HSW 322 Applied Social Research in Ethical and Political Contexts
Unit Chair: HSW 702 Understanding Care and Risk
1 MA student – University of Sydney (Primary Supervisor)
3 PhD students – University of Sydney (Associate Supervisor)
2 PhD student completions – University of Sydney (Associate Supervisor)
1 Honours student completion – University of Sydney (Primary Supervisor)
Dr. Russell Shuttleworth’s expertise is in qualitative research methods. He has conducted disability and chronic illness related research on issues such as sexuality, gender, leadership, access to health care contexts and speech impairment. Dr. Shuttleworth has also participated in several studies of older adults: 1) on their use of communication technology and 2) the benefits to well-being of documenting their life histories. He has conducted research on both psychogeriatric and sexuality issues in aged care. He has also conducted evaluation research on programs participating in the Workforce Improvement Act Demonstration for People with Disabilities. Dr. Shuttleworth is currently researching Australian policy and staff education and training in residential aged care facilities relating to the sexual expression of residents. As one of a team of CIs, he recently received an ARC Discovery Grant for the research project, “Disability and Ability: How Young People with Impairments Make the Transition to Adulthood.” Dr. Shuttleworth recently submitted an ARC Linkage Proposal with another group of researchers entitled, “Supporting the Human Right to Sexual Expression: Consumer Informed Guidelines for the Care of Older People in Residential Care.”
2005 Dean’s Alternative Curricula Award to develop the on-line course, Disability
and Sexuality, San Francisco State University ($2,000)
2005-2006 Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley, Institute of Urban and
2002-2003 Ed Roberts Postdoctoral Fellow in Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley, Institute of Urban and Regional Development ($32,000)
1998-1999 Sexuality Research Program Doctoral Fellow, Social Science Research Council, Ford Foundation ($28,000)
1997-1998 Ed Robert’s Scholar, World Institute on Disability
1994 Honorable Mention, Margaret Clark Student Paper Award, Association for Anthropology and Gerontology. “The Rehabilitative Social Imaginary and the Dementia Patient.”
1981 BA with Honors, California State University, Sacramento
The Australian Sociological Association
International Academy of Sex Research
2009-2010 Research Co-ordinator, Graduate Program in Sexual Health, Disability
And Community FRG, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney.
2009-2010 Course Director, Graduate Program in Developmental Disability
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney.
(2011) Disability Studies Quarterly. Editorial Board, Brenda Brueggemann
& Scot Danforth, Editors.
(2009-current) Ethnographica: Journal of Culture and Disability. Editorial Board.
Patrick Devlieger, Editor.
(2009-current) Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counseling. Editorial Board. Elias Mopofu, Editor.
(2007-current) College of Direct Support and College of Frontline Supervision and Management Editorial Board Member for the unit of study, Sexuality and Disability.
(2003-current) Sexuality Research & Social Policy: Journal of NSRC. International Editorial Board. Gilbert Herdt, Editor.
2008 Impact of Acquired Disability on a Person’s Sexuality. Workshop Presentation (with Sandra Lever, Diane Turner, Sarah Fereday) for service professionals at the day long Sexuality and Disability Workshop, Royal Ryde Rehabilitation, Sydney.
2004-5 Workshop Series on Multiple Sclerosis and Sexuality. Co-facilitated a series of consumer workshops on sexual issues for persons with multiple sclerosis. Good Vibrations, San Francisco.
1998-2001 Sex and Disability Expert. Provided sexuality and relationship advice and counseling to clients with cerebral palsy for the Sexual Health Network (online resource).
2011 Shuttleworth, R. Invited Presentation: Relationship Issues for Disabled People. The Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counselors (ASORC) National Conference, Sydney, May 20.
2010 Shuttleworth, R. Between Coherence and Chaos: Making Sense of Disability Narratives. In Plenary, Emerging Research Methodological Frameworks in Critical Disability Studies. The Australian Sociological Association Conference, University of Melbourne, December, 3.
2010 Shuttleworth, R. Invited presentation: Negotiating and Maintaining Relationships for People with Lifelong Speech Impairments. SPOT on Developmental Disability Conference, Sept. 17.
2010 Shuttleworth, R. Invited Presentation: Disabled Men and the Search for Sexual Relationships. Sexual Health Information, Networking & Education South Australia. Forum Program, Adelaide, Sept. 3.
2010 Shuttleworth, R., and Meekosha, H. Reconceptualizing the Sociological Imagination for Disability Studies. Society for Disability Studies, Philadelphia, June.