Dr. Valerie Houghton

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Allerton Building, Room C506.


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Current positions

Lecturer in Learning Disabilities Nursing and Social Work


Valerie came to academia from a long career in practice. Valerie has over thirty years experience working with people with learning disabilities, and has experience of working with children and adults, as a manager in community learning disability nurse manager, challenging behaviour specialist, and registered homes manager. Valerie started her academic career with the University of Manchester before joining the University of Salford teaching on the Integrated practice in learning disabilities nursing and social work degree.

Recently Valerie has completed her PhD at Lancaster University focusing on defining disablist hate crime. She is a fellow of the HEA, and a member of the school research ethics panel.


  • Societal devaluation
  • The construction of disability
  • Hate crime
  • Abuse and safeguarding

Research Interests

  • Disablist hate crime
  • Neurodivergence
  • Learning disability
  • Societal devaluation
  • Abuse and safeguarding

Qualifications and Memberships


  • PhD: Defining disablist hate crime: acts, mis/constructions, and the process of othering
  • MRes Psychology
  • PgCert HERP
  • Registered nurse teacher
  • BSc (Hons) Community nursing (Learning disability)
  • PgDip
  • Community health (learning disability)
  • Diploma in Management
  • Specialist practitioner (CLDN)
  • RNLD


  • NMC registration (RNMH)
  • Specialist Practitioner
  • Registered Teacher
  • HEA Fellow.