Jennifer Lowe is a PhD Candidate whose interdisciplinary research is being conducted in collaboration with the Public Health Palliative Care Unit and Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre at La Trobe University. Her PhD research explores the understudied area of autism at the end-of-life, to understand the perspectives and experiences of autistic adults in a range of service settings including palliative care, aged care, funerals and bereavement counselling. With a background in marketing, Jennifer’s research interests include consumer well-being at the end-of-life, with a focus on consumers’ experiences of end-of-life service interactions.
As a Research Assistant, Jennifer worked on an industry-based study with the Australasian Cemeteries and Crematoria Association to better understand memorialisation practices and their influence on bereavement outcomes. Her research has been published in OMEGA – Journal of Death and Dying, Death Studies and Bereavement Care. Jennifer is a recipient of the La Trobe University Postgraduate Research Scholarship and in 2019 was awarded travel grants from the Palliative Care Research Network and International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care. In 2019, Jennifer presented her research at the Oceanic Palliative Care Conference and 6th Public Health and Palliative Care International Conference.
Jennifer is a member of the Autism Inclusion Advisory Group at Australian Catholic University, and volunteers with Eastern Palliative Care and Asperger’s Victoria. Jennifer was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Level 1) in 2018, at the age of 30. Her research aims to offer autistic adults an opportunity to share their perspectives and preferences for end-of-life care.