Laura Mullins is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Disability Studies. Dr. Mullins received her Doctor of Philosophy in Human Development from the University of Guelph and a Master of Arts in Applied Disability Studies from Brock University. She specialized in critical disability studies, applied behaviour analysis, trauma-Informed approaches, systemic and organizational change, and knowledge mobilization. She is a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst with over 20 years of experience within the developmental service sector focusing on adults labelled with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Dr. Mullins’ research interests are strongly rooted in critical disability studies and include topics related to addressing individual, organizational, and systemic factors that impact the quality of life of disabled people, accessibility within post-secondary education, accessible and appropriate housing, the effects of exposure to trauma for individuals and support services, assessment and treatment of challenging behaviours in adults with dual-diagnosis and implementing evidence-based practice within community organizations for adults labelled with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
In appreciation of the need for transformative research within disability studies, her research predominately represents participatory action research with disabled people and community-engaged research and scholarship with services that support persons with disabilities. She is a mixed-methods researcher who chooses research methods in response to the specific research question.
Meet the Mullins lab team!
My name is Rexella Dwomoh. I am a graduate student pursuing a Master's in Applied Disabilities Studies specializing in Leadership, Diversity, Community, and Culture (LDCC). I desire to utilize critical pedagogy, facilitated through consultations and collaboration with disabled people, to inform meaningful support and create social transformation. As a research assistant within the Mullins lab, I support the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and Quality of Life projects. Outside of my educational pursuits, I enjoy travelling. I challenge myself to travel somewhere new every year to sharpen my cultural awareness.
Hi! I'm Rachel Sheppard. I am a current second year Brock MA student in Applied Disability Studies specializing in Leadership, Diversity, Community, and Culture (LDCC). I am a graduate research assistant within the Mullins lab working on the Photovoice project, DEI project, and Transition Online project. My own research interests involve transition planning experiences for disabled students from secondary to post secondary education as well as overall accessibility in education. Additionally, I enjoy watching documentaries, drinking coffee, and playing with my cats. My future career goals are to work in education promoting accessibility for disabled students.
My name is Amanda Bailey, and I am an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT) and second-year MA student in the Applied Disability Studies program in Applied Behaviour Analysis. My research interests include accessible higher education and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). As a member of Mullins lab, I have had the opportunity to assist with several projects including the Good Neighbour Approach to Communities, the Transition Online IPA project, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion project, and the Group Living Compatibility Assessment Tool (GCAT) project. Beyond academics, I enjoy playing hockey, knitting, and Greek Mythology. In the future, I desire to contribute to the positive trajectory of accessibility in higher education.
My name is Courtney Bishop, and I am a MA graduate from the Applied Disability Studies department, and a PhD graduate from the Child and Youth Studies department at Brock university. I am also a Board Certified Behaviour Analysts, and Professor at Durham College, and a proud member of the Mullins Lab. As a Research Assistant with the lab, I have had the opportunity to work on several projects, including the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion project, the Quality of Life project, and the Photovoice project. Outside of academia, I love being outdoors, hiking, camping and enjoying time with family and friends (around a campfire or on a local beach). As a professional, I hope to continue finding creative and authentic ways for engaging people with disabilities in the research process.
My name is Jenna Lazzara, and I am currently an MA student in the Applied Disability Studies program in the Leadership, Diversity, Community, and Culture (LDCC) specialization. My research interests include exploring the lived experiences of disabled students as they transition from high school to university. As a research assistant within the Mullins lab, I am currently working on the Transition Online IPA project and working towards an event for PARN. In addition to my educational pursuits, I enjoy dancing, obstacle course racing, going to concerts and musicals. In the future, I desire to dismantle and reform the public education system in hopes of better supporting disabled students.
Hi, my name is Kayla Cormier! I am a second year M.A. student at Brock in Applied Disability Studies specializing in Applied Behaviour Analysis. Additionally, I am a research assistant in the Mullins Lab working on the CCDI project. My own research interests include investigating the relationship between self-confidence and burnout for different types of professionals who support adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities engaging in challenging behaviour. Outside of academics, I enjoy playing soccer, snowboarding, and spending time with my family, friends, and pets. After my graduate degree, I aspire to continue with research, write my Board Certified Behaviour Analyst exam, and continue to support my community and help others build positive lifestyles and skills.
My name is Temilade Adesina and I am currently an MA student in the Applied Disability Studies program in the Leadership, Diversity, Community, and Culture (LDCC) specialization in Brock University. My research interests include evaluating the mental wellbeing of disabled students in higher education. As a Graduate research assistant in Mullins lab, I am working towards the PARN event. Besides Academics, I enjoy trading, writing and composing songs, listening to music and shopping. I hope to keep advocating for inclusive education in promoting policy that makes higher education accessible to disabled students.
Olivia Van Gelder