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Dr. Heather Aldersey
Dr. Heather  Aldersey
Associate Professor (Queen's National Scholar)
Contact Info
Louise D. Acton building, Room 228
Internal telephone extension: 36088
External telephone: 613-533-6088


Dr. Aldersey's research program focuses on the social construction of disability across cultures, support for people with disabilities and their families, public policy, family innovation, and family quality of life. Within this program, she has particularly focused on experiences of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in African contexts. The ultimate goal of Dr. Aldersey's scholarship is to draw upon local strengths and capabilities to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities and their families globally.

The International Centre for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation (ICACBR)


Areas of teaching expertise include international community-based rehabilitation, qualitative methods, and family support.

Currently accepting PhD and post-doctoral scholars in the following areas of research:

  • International community-based rehabilitation
  • International disability policy
  • Family support in international contexts

Selected Publications:

Jansen-van Vuuren, J., Aldersey, H.M., & Lysaght, R. (2020). The role and scope of occupational therapy in Africa. Disability & Rehabilitation.

Jaiswal, A., Aldersey, H.M, Wittich, W., Mirza. M., & Finlayson. M. (2020). Conducting Qualitative Research with Individuals living with Deafblindness. SAGE Research Methods Cases.

Aldersey, H.M., Abera, M., Mzinganjira, A.A., Abebe, S.M., & Demissie, S.F. (2019). The University of Gondar, Queen’s University, and Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program partnership for disability-inclusive higher education in Ethiopia. Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement, 12 (2), 1-18.

Chatenoud, C., Odier-Guedj, D., Camard, S., Rivard, M, Aldersey, H.M., & Turnbull, A.P. (2019). Advocacy de parents de jeunes enfants ayant un trouble du développement et mécanismes d’exclusion préscolaire et scolaires: Etude de portée. McGill Journal of Education, 54(2), 388-406.

Nuri, R.P.*, Batorowicz, B., & Aldersey, H.M. (2019). Family supports and family and child related outcomes among families affected by disability in low- and middle-income countries: A scoping review. Journal of Child Health Care.

Schindeler, T.* & Aldersey, H.M. (2019). Community Based Rehabilitation Interventions for Sexuality and Sexual and Reproductive Health. Disability, CBR, and Inclusive Development, 30(1), 5-28.

Jansen-van Vuuren, J. & Aldersey, H.M. (2019). Training needs of Community-Based Rehabilitation workers for the effective implementation of CBR Programmes. Disability, CBR, and Inclusive Development 29(3), 5-31.

Okyere, C., Aldersey, H.M., Lysaght, R., Sulaiman, S.* (2019). Implementation of Inclusive Education in Low and Middle Income Countries: A Scoping Review. Disability & Rehabilitation, 41(21), p. 2578-2595.

Nuri, R.P., Aldersey, H.M. & Ghahari, S. (2018). Needs of families of children with Cerebral Palsy in Bangladesh: a qualitative study. Child: Care, Health and Development Journal, 45, 36-44.

Aldersey, H.M., Quadir, M.M., Gazi, N., Akter, S., Hossain, R., & Nuri, R.P.* (2018). Barriers and Facilitators to Inclusion for People with Mobility Impairments in Bangladesh. Disability, CBR, and Inclusive Development, 29(2), 24-44.

Haines, S.J., Francis, G.L. Kyzar, K.B., Aldersey, H.M., & Adams, N. (2018). Family-professional partnership with refugee families of children with disabilities. International Review of Research in Developmental Disabilities, 54, 35-70.

Aldersey, H.M., Kavira, S., Kiasimbwa, J., Lokako, W., Miaka, P., Monte, L. (2018). Stigma experienced by parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Intervention, 16(2), 119-128.

Aldersey, H.M. & Haines, S.J. (2017). Teaching and supporting students with intellectual disabilities in Democratic Republic of the Congo. Journal of International Special Needs Education 20(2), 90-100.

Dassah, E.*, Aldersey, H.M., & Norman, K.E. (2017). Photovoice and persons with disabilities: A scoping review of the literature. Qualitative Health Research.

Fernandez, E.L.A.*, Rutka, L.J.*, & Aldersey, H.M. (2017). Exploring Disability Policy in Africa: An Online Search for National Disability Policies and CRPD Ratification. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal 13(1).

Aldersey, H.M., Francis, G.L., Haines, S.J., & Chiu, C. (2017) Family Quality of Life in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 14(1), 78-86.

Nuri, R.P.*, & Aldersey, H.M. (2016). A scoping review of family needs. Disability and International Development, 27(1), 20-26.

Aldersey, H.M., Turnbull, H.R., & Turnbull, A.P. (2016). Family support and self-help in intellectual and developmental disabilities in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 13(1), 23-32.

Aldersey, H.M., Huynh, D.C., & Whitley, R. (2016). A systematic examination of the nature and content of vignettes in schizophrenia research. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research 25(3), 189-196.

Dagys, K.M.*, Popat, A.*, Aldersey, H.M. (2015). The Applicability of eLearning in Community-Based Rehabilitation. Societies, 5(4), 831-854. (Nominated by Queen’s University for the Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada, Ann Collins Whitmore Student Research Competition).

Aldersey, H.M. & Assumani, D.W. (2015). Partnerships for Disability Research in Africa: Lessons Learned in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Disability & the Global South, 2(3), 777-793.

Aldersey, H.M. & Whitley, R. (2014). Family influence in recovery from severe mental illness. Community Mental Health Journal, 51(4), 467-476.

Aldersey, H.M., Turnbull, H.R., & Turnbull, A.P. (2014). Intellectual and developmental disabilities in Kinshasa: Causality and implications for resilience and support. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 52(3), 220-233.

Aldersey, H.M., Turnbull, A.P., & Turnbull, H.R. (2014). Factors contributing to the construction of personhood of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies 3(2), 31-61.

Kyzar, K.B., Chiu, C., Kemp, P., Aldersey, H.M., Turnbull, A.P., & Lindeman, D.P. (2014). Feasibility of an online professional development program for early intervention practitioners. Infants and Young Children 27(2), 174-191.

Aldersey, H.M. (2013). Disability advocacy in Kinshasa. Disability & Society 28(6), 784-797.

Aldersey, H.M. (2012). Family perceptions of intellectual disability: Understanding and support in Dar es Salaam. African Journal of Disability 1(1), Art. #32, 12 pages.

Aldersey, H.M. (2012). Disability and work: The United Republic of Tanzania's workplace policies in the Persons with Disabilities Act of 2010. Disability Studies Quarterly 32(3).

Aldersey, H.M. & Turnbull, H. R. (2011). The United Republic of Tanzania's national policy on disability: A policy analysis. Journal of Disability Policy Studies 22(3), 160-169.