Maria is an experienced disability researcher who is currently working as a Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. Before this, Maria was the Senior Researcher at Endeavour Foundation and most recently, was the Director of Behaviour Support Research and Data Analytics for the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission. As a registered psychologist, Maria aims to conduct research that positively impacts people with disability, their families, and the services that support them. In collaboration with service providers and policy makers, she has been involved in research examining voluntary out-of-home care (relinquishment) of young people with disability and service responses to improve the identification of families in crisis. She has also led research examining disability work-related issues such as job burnout in the disability support worker population and defining the role of a support worker. She has also worked on projects evaluating behaviour support plan quality at an organisation, state, and national level.
Dr Maria Vassos
- Research Fellow
- Company: University of Queensland