Professor Karen Nankervis


School of Education
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 56493


Research Interests

  • Positive Behaviour Support
    Assessment and development of quality of positive behaviour support plans, effective positive behaviour supports
  • Forensic disability
    Assessment, treatment and supports for people with intellectual disability who offend
  • Genomics and disability
    The ethical, legal and social issues of genomics for people with lived experience of disability
  • Relinquishment of children with disabilities
    The early identification and support for families at risk of relinquishing the care of their child with disability
  • Reduction and elimination of the use of restrictive practices
    Evidence-based approaches to the reduction and elimination of the use of restrictive practices with children and adults across settings, as well as safeguarding mechanisms


  • Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University
  • Bachelor of Education, La Trobe University


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2022) Master Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Nankervis, Karen L. and Vassos, Maria V. (2019). Agencies and professions in the provision of care. Handbook of intellectual disabilities: integrating theory, research, and practice. (pp. 201-217) edited by Johnny L. Matson. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-20843-1_13

  • Nankervis, Karen (2015). Facts about intellectual disability. Education for inclusion and diversity. (pp. 263-264) Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Pearson Australia.

  • Nankervis, Karen, Cousins, Wendy, Válková, Hana and Macintyre, Tadhg (2014). Physical activity, exercise, and sport. Health Promotion For People With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities. (pp. 174-182) edited by Laurence Taggart and Wendy Cousins. Maidenhead, Berkshire, England: Open University Press.

  • Brown, M. and Nankervis, K. (2013). Learning disability nursing in the UK: issues and challenges. Practice leadership in mental health and intellectual disability nursing. (pp. 85-98) edited by Mark Jukes. London, United Kingdom: Quay Books.

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Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision