In 2009 Patricia returned to Australia from Trinity College Dublin to take up the position of Chair in Disability Studies and Director, Centre for Disability Studies, University of Sydney.
Since taking up the position at the Centre for Disability Studies (CDS) Patricia has led a team of researchers, educators and clinicians in implementing the vision of the organisation, Building Capacity for Change. Patricia promotes research that is inclusive of people with disabilities as co-researchers, as well as the promotion of access to tertiary education for students with intellectual disabilities. Over the last three years the University of Sydney through the work of CDS has welcomed a group of students with intellectual disability to audit university papers of interest.
Patricia’s research interests cover advocacy, deinstitutionalisation, community participation, transition, inclusive research and education.