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Dr Michelle O'Reilly
Michelle O’Reilly is a Senior Lecturer of Psychology at the University of Leicester, working for the Greenwood Institute of Child Health. Her joint activities between the university and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust focus on qualitative research in child mental health. The focus of her research has been on family therapy interactions and child mental health assessments. Michelle uses discourse analysis and conversation analysis to look at the social construction of mental health and to explore in detail the interactions between health professionals, parents and children. Her current project is a collection of approximately 42 hours of psychiatric data with 28 families attending their first appointment at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Within this data there are nine cases where autism is discussed and this is being explored in detail.
Dr Jessica Lester
Associate Director CARA
Jessica Nina Lester is an Assistant Professor of Inquiry Methodology at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in the US. Much of her research focuses on how social interactions shape individual and collective experiences in schools, clinics, and communities. Within this line of inquiry, Dr Lester uses a form of discourse analysis that draws upon conversation analysis and discursive psychology, analysing both textual and conversational data. Over the last four years, she has collected over 300 hours of paediatric therapy data with therapists and children with autism labels. Her current analysis is focused upon:
- the varied constructions of disabilities;
- the ways in which “problematic” behaviours are dealt with in and through the therapeutic talk;
- the management of unexpected communicative patterns of children with autism labels; and
- the reframing of the nonverbal communication of children with autism labels as linguistically productive.