Ms Lynette Harper

Research project: The impact of nutrition on sleep in people with an intellectual disability

Abstract

People with intellectual disabilities are more likely to have sleep problems than people who do not have intellectual disabilities. Poor sleep can have negative impacts on an individual's physical and mental health, their quality of life, and poor sleep also negatively impacts their family or carers. Behavioural, lifestyle and pharmacological interventions have been used to improve sleep in people with intellectual disabilities. Evidence from studies conducted in the general population has found that nutrients such as vitamin D and melatonin rich foods may be beneficial for sleep.  However, limited rigorous research is available on the impact of nutritional interventions to improve sleep in people with intellectual disabilities. A mixed method research protocol is proposed that uses an exploratory research design to investigate the feasibility and efficacy of using nutritional intervention to improve sleep in people with specific intellectual disability syndromes.   

Biography

I am currently a senior lecturer in the school of nursing, please see my staff profile for more information.

Areas of research interest

  • Learning / Intellectual Disabilities
  • Nutrition

Qualifications

  • MSc in Nutritional Medicine
  • Msc in Nursing (Learning Disabilities)
  • BSc in Psychology
  • Teaching in Higher Education course at Kingston University, FHEA

Funding or awards received

  • Health Education England funding for the Damson Project
  • IMBE funding for the photobook project
  • Faculty small grant for research into Helicobacter Pylori

Publications

Number of items: 17.

Article

Harper, Lynette, Marsden, Daniel, Ambridge, Anne, Otasanya, Carolyn, Scriverer, Hannah, Summers, Jamie and Darko, Evans (2020) A training resource to educate students about learning disabilities. Nursing Times, 116(4), pp. 23-26. ISSN (print) 0954-7762

Harper, Lynette, Boulter, Phil, Ambridge, Anne, Griffin, Patricia and Ooms, Ann (2020) 'Helicobacter pylori' : nurses' perceptions of diagnosis and treatment in adults. Learning Disability Practice, 23(2), ISSN (print) 1465-8712

Harper, L., Pavoni, K., Garvey, J., Ehigiamusoe, S., Egels, S. and Bowman, E. (2019) Reflections on an inter-professional simulation event for paramedic science and learning disability nursing students. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, 15, pp. 5-8. ISSN (print) 2405-4526

Allen, Michael, Harper, Lynette and Clark, Zoe (2019) Preschoolers' concepts of digestive physiology and their links with body mass index. Research in Science Education, ISSN (print) 0157-244X (Epub Ahead of Print)

Harper, Lynette, Baker, David and Oltean, Alina-Ramona (2019) Taking time to talk : vignettes to illustrate the tenets of Kitwood's malignant social psychology and application to person centred interactions. Learning Disability Practice, ISSN (print) 1465-8712 (Submitted)

Harper, Lynette (2018) Prevalence and management of coeliac disease in people with Down's syndrome. Learning Disability Practice, 21(3), pp. 24-27. ISSN (print) 1465-8712

Harper, Lynette (2017) A healthy diet to reduce the risk of dementia in people with a learning disability. Learning Disability Practice, 20(4), pp. 30-35. ISSN (print) 1465-8712

Harper, Lynette (2017) Optimal nutrition for bone health in people with a learning disability. Learning Disability Practice, 20(1), pp. 31-35. ISSN (print) 1465-8712

Conference or Workshop Item

Harper, Lynette, Stanley, Robert, Cheek, Laura, Lakin, Maria, Ooms, A. and Heaton-Shrestha, C. (2019) Training staff on dietary approaches for Metabolic Syndrome, obesity and improved nutrition in people with a learning disability. In: 19th Seattle Club Conference; 16 - 17 Dec 2019, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Harper, L., Boulter, P., Ambridge, A., Griffin, P. and Ooms, A. (2019) Diagnosis and treatment of Helicobacter Pylori in adults with an intellectual disability. In: World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; 06 - 09 Aug 2019, Glasgow, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Harper, L., Stanley, R., Lakin, M., Cheek, L., Ooms, A. and Heaton-Shrestha, C. (2019) Dietary approaches for Metabolic Syndrome, obesity and improved nutrition in people with a learning disability : The Damson Project. In: World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; 06 - 09 Aug 2019, Glasgow, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Pavoni, Katie, Harper, Lynette and Neveu, Caroline (2018) Working together to learn together : a high fidelity interprofessional simulation between student paramedics and student learning disability nurses. In: Association For Simulated Practice In Healthcare : 9th Annual Conference : Maximising impact; 13-15 Nov 2018, Southport, U.K..

Harper, Lynette, Pavoni, Katie, Ehigiamusoe, Semi, Garvey, James, Bowman, Eilish and Egels, Sylvia (2018) Reflections on design and impact of an inter-professional simulation event for paramedic science and learning disability nursing students. In: Festival of Learning (KUFoL18) : Supporting Student Success through Excellence in Learning and Teaching; 27 Jun 2018, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Allen, Michael and Harper, Lynette (2017) Preschoolers' concepts of digestion, absorption and egestion : links with body mass index. In: ESERA 2017; 21-25 Aug 2017, Dublin, Ireland. (Unpublished)

Allen, Michael, Clark, Zoe and Harper, Lynette (2017) Nutrition concepts of pre-school children : how research-led teaching can affect the delivery of health education in early years settings. In: Kingston University's Annual Festival of Learning 2017 : What Does Excellence Look Like?; 19 Jun 2017, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Richardson, Sally, Ambridge, Anne and Harper, Lynette (2017) Can manikin simulation meet students learning needs for the assessment of the deteriorating learning disability client? In: 7th International Clinical Skills Conference; 21-24 May 2017, Prato, Italy. (Unpublished)

Allen, Michael, Harper, Lynette and Clark, Zoe (2017) Links between concepts of digestion and young children's BMI. In: 19th Annual International Conference on Education; 15-18 May 2017, Athens, Greece. (Unpublished)

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