Professor Jan Burns

Jan is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and head of the School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University. She has previously been a Programme Director for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, one of the largest and longest established in the UK, and also Strategic Lead for Research.

Previously Jan has worked in the NHS as a Clinical Psychologist in services for people with intellectual disabilities and run specialist psychological services in this area. Since 2009, she has worked with the International Federation for Para-athletes with Intellectual Disabilities (INAS) in a joint research group with the International Paralympic Committee on a project related to the re-inclusion of athletes with intellectual disabilities in the Paralympics.

She is also Head of Eligibility for INAS. Jan is an active researcher and has published extensively in the fields of disability, health psychology, clinical psychology, and gender. She continues to be involved in research about the impact of sport for people with intellectual disabilities, and also issues related to autism and cognitive impairments.

In 2015 she was awarded an MBE for her work with people with intellectual disabilities.

Jan joined the Board of Special Olympics in 2016.