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Episode One: Dr. Roxanna Pebdani

Roxanna Nasseri Pebdani, (PhD, CRC, SFHEA) is Director of Participation Sciences in the Sydney School of Health Sciences. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the American University of Paris, a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counselling from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. in Counsellor Education from the University of Maryland. She completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Washington. She has been at the University of Sydney since July 2018.

Dr. Pebdani’s work with Taylor & Francis

Pandemic productivity in academia: using ecological momentary assessment to explore the impact of COVID-19 on research productivity

The unequal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns on mothers around the world were identified as a concern in the early months of the pandemic.

Featured in Higher Education Research & Development

Rethinking device abandonment: a capability approach focused model

It is estimated that approximately 97 million people in the world have complex communication needs and may benefit from alternative and augmentative communication…

Featured in Augmentative and Alternative Communication

A call to action for disability and rehabilitation research using a DisCrit and Disability Justice framework

Disability and ableism exist within a societal context that does not ignore the many facets of a person’s identity, however often our disability research does not recognize how experiences vary…

Featured in Disability and Rehabilitation

Roxy’s Favorite Articles and Researchers

Rehabilitation science has, for years, endorsed a connection between quantitative research and the philosophical assumptions of positivism. These assumptions can limit the scope of rehabilitation research, particularly in relation to matters of equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

The use of disability language in academic scholarship has changed significantly over the past several years. Although it would be helpful to have concrete guidelines and rules that could generalize across situations regarding disability terminology, language itself is a phenomenon that evolves and varies over time in response to cultural shifts.

In this article, we address the limitations of existing implicit bias interventions as a strategy for achieving maternal health equity. We then focus on how institutionally sanctioned racial stereotyping harms Black maternal health and marginalizes a key group in the fight for health equity—Black physicians. Finally, we provide strategies to address racial bias in perinatal health care and structural barriers impeding Black physicians’ success.

This paper follows up on qualitative interviews conducted with British disabled people in 1994–6, exploring
how people’s lives and relationships have changed over twenty years (n = 8). The themes include imagery
and identity, access to relationships, social context and attitudes. Ageing brought greater self-acceptance,
and also lower salience of impairment…

In the realm of sexuality and disability there is public discourse on deviance and inappropriate behavior, abuse and victimization, asexuality, gender and orientation with regard to women, and reproductive issues in women and men. However, there seems to be a missing discourse of pleasure.

Dr. Pebdani would love to give a shout out to various colleagues and coworkers as they played pivotal roles in her career.

Kurt Johnson

Jim Bellini

Mel Keep

Ryan Naylor

Josh Burns

What Roxy is reading right now:

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

Remarkably Bright Creatures, an exploration of friendship, reckoning, and hope, tracing a widow’s unlikely connection with a giant Pacific octopus.

After Tova Sullivan’s husband died, she began working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, mopping floors and tidying up. Keeping busy has always helped her cope, which she’s been doing since her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished on a boat in Puget Sound over thirty years ago.

Tova becomes acquainted with curmudgeonly Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium. Marcellus knows more than anyone can imagine but wouldn’t dream of lifting one of his eight arms for his human captors–until he forms a remarkable friendship with Tova.

Ever the detective, Marcellus deduces what happened the night Tova’s son disappeared. And now Marcellus must use every trick his old invertebrate body can muster to unearth the truth for her before it’s too late.

Shelby Van Pelt’s debut novel is a gentle reminder that sometimes taking a hard look at the past can help uncover a future that once felt impossible.

Cover of the book Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt.