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Dr Linda Goddard

Associate Professor

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    Health and Social Care / Mental Health and Learning Disability

Dr Linda Goddard is a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities with extensive experience in both areas both clinically and academically.

Linda moved to LSBU in 2014 after more than 20 years in Australia working in academia in a number of lead positions in comprehensive nursing and intellectual disability undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Linda completed her PhD in 2010 relating to a Health Empowerment Learning Partnership model where undergraduate nursing students worked alongside families of children with intellectual disabilities to improve their physical and mental health. 

Linda's interests lie in a range of areas including: intellectual disabilities and mental health nursing, family health, primary health care, community capacity building and functional placement experiences for students. Linda's research has spanned these areas using action research, phenomenology and mostly qualitative research approaches.

Key areas:

  • A range of issues related to people with learning disabilities (intellectual disabilities) across the life span, specifically physical health and mental health issues, chronic and complex care; working with families; family health; working with staff; staff development; primary health care, health promotion and community capacity building.
  • People with mental health issues - focusing on wellness and recovery, a range of conditions, presentation, treatment, complex presentations.
  • Research -  focussing on qualitative research and action research.

Linda has been involved in the following recent research projects:

  • 2012 - 2014: "Renewal of nursing intellectual disability curriculum: building capacity in the nursing workforce to meet the complex health care needs of people with an intellectual disability
  • 2013: "The invisible population" research grant looking at innovative approaches to addressing the high support needs of families who have children with intellectual/physical disabilities across the life span.  NSW Australia.
  • 2011 – 2013: Ages and Stages Project with CSU/Aspire Support Services on the health of families who have children with intellectual and/or physical disabilities in a regional centre in NSW.
  • 2005 – 2009: Implementation of a health mentoring program to enhance health of families with children with disabilities, pilot, with ongoing cycles over 4 years.
View my publications at
  • 2014 – Current: Invited member of the Intellectual Disability Forum, Royal Society of Medicine, London.
  • 2014 – Current: Newsletter Editor for Professional Association for Nurses in Developmental Disability (Aust.) Inc (PANDDA).
  • Feb 13 - Current: Core Reference Group: involved in the development of 'Accessible Mental Health Services for People with ID: A Guide for Providers' (the Guide) facilitated by Professor Julian Trollor, Head, Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry, University of NSW.
  • 2011 – 2014: Member of the Intellectual Disability Curriculum Renewal Project Steering Committee: exploring nursing and medical nursing across Australia with University of New South Wales, Australia.
  • 2010- Oct 2014: Past President of Professional Association for Nurses in Developmental Disability (Aust.) Inc (PANDDA).
  • June 2013: Invited member of the  National Roundtable on the Mental Health of People with Intellectual Disability, ACT facilitated by the Jim Simpson NSW Council for Intellectual Disability.
  • 2002 – 2013: NSW Ombudsman's Disability Death Review Team: the team reviews all deaths of individuals with intellectual disabilities occurring within government run organisations. Reports are published annually or bi-annually.

Journal reviewer:

  • Nurse Education today
  • Journal of Clinical Nursing
  • Issues in Mental Health Nursing
  • ASID journal