Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

1. Occupational Therapy Role in Mental Health
2. The emerging role of allied health assistants in Australia
3. Student-led Services to support occupational therapy education
4. Understanding the professional reasoning of occupational therapists

20132024

Research activity per year

Personal profile

Biography

Dr Claire Pearce, B App Sc (Occupational Therapist), MSc (Health Sciences), PhD, is an experienced occupational therapist and emerging researcher. She has extensive clinical experience in adult acute and rehabilitation services based in public health services in Australia and the UK. She also has experience as a multidisciplinary team manager and has undertaken health service evaluation and development, and policy roles. Claire was awarded a PhD from the University of Sydney in 2020. Her thesis entitled The Obesity Paradigm and the Role of Health Services in Obesity Prevention: a systems views, explored the link between stigma and the concept of choice and found that the way obesity is framed is hindering health services from playing an effective role in prevention and treatment.

Claire lives and works on Ngunnawal country. She is an Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy at the University of Canberra. She teaches into the Masters and Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Claire is convener of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and Bachelor of Occupational Therapy Honours. Claire is also the ACT practitioner Member on the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.

Areas of Teaching

  • Professional Reasoning
  • Mental Health
  • Occupation in Context (occupational justice)
  • Practice Education (student placements)

Research interests

Claire’s research approach focuses on understanding people’s perceptions of an issue to better understand what helps or hinders putting evidence into practice. Her areas of research interest involve exploring workforce innovations to support occupational participation, with a particular interest in:

  • The role of occupational therapy in mental health services;
  • The utilisation of the allied health assistant workforce to support occupational therapy service delivery;
  • Student-led services to support areas of role-emerging occupational therapy practice;
  • Partnerships with community-based organisations.
  • Understanding the development, application and teaching of professional reasoning

Student Projects Available

1. Occupational Therapy Role in Mental Health
2. The emerging role of allied health assistants in Australia
3. Student-led Services to support occupational therapy education
4. Understanding the professional reasoning of occupational therapist

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The Obesity Paradigm and the Role of Health Services in Obesity Prevention: a systems view, University of Sydney

2 Mar 201520 Oct 2019

Award Date: 10 Apr 2020

Master, MASTERS OF SCIENCE IN HEALTH SCIENCES WITH DISTINCTION, St. George's University of London

1 Sept 199930 Jun 2001

Award Date: 20 Sept 2001

Bachelor, BACHELOR OF APPLIED SCIENCE (OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY), University of Sydney

28 Feb 199328 Jul 1993

Award Date: 29 Oct 1993

External positions

ACT Practitioner Member Occupational Therapy Board of Australia, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

23 Feb 2021 → …

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