Lesley Deacon

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, United KingdomPrimary Institution


I am a Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Vice Chancellor's Research and Knowledge Exchange Fellow, Senior Fellow AdvanceHE, and a registered Social Worker (Social Work England). I describe myself as a neurodivergent, academic-based practitioner researcher. My areas of interest are neurodiversity and practice research. I have developed a new approach to empower practitioners (across a range of professions) to engage in, and lead, practice research – Facilitated Practice-based Research (copyright University of Sunderland) (FPR). This model is neurodiverse and trauma-informed and consists of an intensive, facilitated, research programme in which a group of practitioners works together to co-design, co-construct and co-implement a piece of practice research relevant to current practice issues. Research findings are then implemented into practice and monitored for impact. It is linked to the module SWKM43 Reflexive Practice Research. As a neurodivergent person, I combine my lived experience with research into creating spaces that are neurodiverse ie open and accessible, acknowledging all neurological diversit

Research Fields

Social Work
Practitioner-led Research

Current Institution

Primary Institution

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, United Kingdom

Education Qualification

Sep, 2007 - Feb, 2015 |Doctorate

Social Work, Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom

Publications (2)

Journal Article
‘“What’s wrong with you, are you stupid?”: Listening to the biographical narratives of adults with dyslexia in an age of “inclusivity” and “anti-discriminatory” practice’.
Journal Title: Disability & Society
Publication Date: 2020
Journal Article
Facilitated Practice-based Research: A model of Empowerment to Reduce Research Anxiety in Social Work Practitioners and Reframe Cultural Capital
Journal Title: European Journal of Social Work Research,
Publication Date: 2023

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