Bild PBS Expert Advisors
Dr Rachel Freeman
Rachel Freeman is the Director of State Initiatives in the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Freeman has been actively involved in positive behaviour support (PBS), statewide technical assistance systems for evidence-based practices, evaluation design and implementation, and person-centered practices for over 20 years.
She conducts research and provides consultation and technical assistance at the state, regional, and local levels to teams implementing positive behaviour support (PBS) and other practices within IDD organisations, education, juvenile justice, and mental health systems. Dr. Freeman has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Positive Behaviour Support for 15 years and as President for three years.
Her research interests include implementation factors associated with research to practice, PBS, physiological and biochemical factors related to problem behaviour, online instructional systems, and interagency systems change.
Edwin Jones PhD, is Service Improvement and Research Lead, in the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Delivery Unit at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, UK. He is closely involved in service improvement, training and policy development focussing on Positive Behavioural Support. He runs and was co-developer of three accredited e-learning qualifications in PBS.
Dr. Jones is an honorary fellow at the University of South Wales, a visiting lecturer at the International University of Catalonia, Barcelona, and an editorial board member of several journals. Edwin is a member of the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) Professional Council, The UK APBS Alliance, The Restraint Reduction Network (RNN), The PBS academy and the SF Darrin PBS research network.
He chairs the All Wales Challenging Behaviour Community of Practice and is a member of the Welsh Government Learning Disability Ministerial Advisory Group. Previously, he was a Senior Research Fellow at The Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities, University of Wales, Cardiff, where he co-developed Active Support.
His main interests include Positive Behavioural Support, Challenging Behaviour, Active Support and Practice Leadership and he has published and presented extensively on these issues. Edwin speaks Welsh and is interested in co-producing and developing understanding of his main research interests in other languages and cultural contexts.
Dr Anne MacDonald
Anne is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow, where she leads on developing qualifications for the health and social care workforce in relation to people with learning disabilities and behaviours that challenge.
Her research interests are around the impact of support on the lives of individuals with learning disabilities and complex needs, particularly in relation to the use of Positive Behaviour Support. Prior to this role, Anne worked for nearly 20 years for a voluntary sector social care service provider, where she managed the organisation’s Positive Behaviour Support Team.
Anne is also seconded part-time to the Learning Disability Policy section of the Scottish Government. As part of this role, she wrote the Scottish Government’s Coming Home report which focused on out-of-area placements and delayed discharge from hospital for people with learning disabilities and complex needs.
Anne is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Tizard Centre at the University of Kent, and she is the book editor for the International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support.