Kitty-Rose Foley

Kitty-Rose Foley

Kitty is a Research Fellow at UNSW and with the Autism CRC research program, the world’s first national, cooperative research effort focussed on autism. Kitty is also an Occupational Therapist. She has a strong passion for working in the field of disability and believes in taking a holistic approach to both understanding different parts of life and finding ways to improve life, in terms of health, employment, participation, wellbeing and quality of life. Kitty’s current research interests are surrounding mental and physical health, wellbeing and participation for autistic adults living in Australia. She is co-leading the Australian Longitudinal Study of Adults with Autism (ALSAA). For more information about this research please see:

Some of her previous research interests included:

  • Exploring the transition from school to adulthood for young people with Down syndrome.
  • Understanding the meaning of wellbeing from the perspectives of children with disabilities
  • Understanding mental ill health in young people with Down syndrome
  • Exploring family quality of life and employment outcomes for young people with Down syndrome and their families
  • Investigating gross motor abilities of girls and women with Rett syndrome

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