Laura Mullins

Ph. D., BCBA

Office: TH146L
905-688-5550 x6654

Dr. Laura Mullins Lab

Dr. Mullins will be accepting MA students for 2020 – please contact Dr. Mullins for further information.

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 disability studies, Applied Behaviour Analysis, Trauma-Informed approaches, systemic and organizational change, evidence-based practice and knowledge translation.  She is a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst with over 15 years of direct, clinical and research experience in the developmental service sector focusing on children’s mental health and adults 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 persons with disabilities, accessibility within post-secondary education, 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 with ID.

In appreciation of the need for critical and transformative research within disabilities studies, her research predominately represents Community-Engaged Scholarship with services that support persons with disabilities as well as Participatory Action Research with persons with disabilities. She is a mixed-methods researcher who chooses research methods in response to the specific research question.   She has conducted an assortment of Community Engaged Scholarship projects alongside community living associations and children’s mental health agencies.

  • Promoting quality of life for people with ID
  • Addressing individual, organizational and systemic barriers that impede quality of life
  • Improving wellbeing, mental health and organizational culture among Direct Support Professionals
  • Evidence-based practices in the assessment and treatment of challenging behaviour for persons with dual-diagnosis
  • Improving community organizations’ capacity to address challenging behaviour in adults with disabilities
  • Exploring and addressing the effects of exposure to trauma for individuals and support services
  • Supporting the educational and organizational rights for people with ID
  • Endorsing accessibility within post-secondary education

Mullins, L., & Preyde, M. (2013). The Lived Experience of Students Having an Invisible Disability at University. Disability and Society, 28(2), 147–160. DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2012.752127

Preyde, M., Crawford, K., & Mullins, L. (2012). Patients’ satisfaction and wait times at Guelph general hospital emergency department before and after implementation of a process improvement project. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, 14(3), 157-168. doi: 10.2310/8000.2012.110590

Mullins, L., Owen, F. A., Griffiths, D., Sales, C. & Vyrostko, B. (2008). An Analysis of Systemic Aspects of Rights Training for People with Intellectual Disabilities. NADD 25th Annual Conference Proceedings, 6-12.