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Stephen is an occupational therapy academic with research interests in post stroke rehabilitation, driver rehabilitation, dementia care, public health and occupational therapy education. He is the Discipline Lead of Occupational Therapy at the University of Canberra and teaches into the Master and Bachelor of Occupational Therapy courses.  Previously, he held senior clinical positions in ACT Health, primarily in aged care and adult neurological rehabilitation.  He has been awarded grants of over $3,000,000 including being the Chief Investigator on successful grant applications from Health Workforce Australia, the Dementia Collaboration Research Centre and from the National Health and Medical Reseacrh Council as an Associate Investigator.

Research Interests

  • Post stroke rehabilitation
  • Dementia care
  • Occupational therapy education
  • Driver rehabilitation

Education/Academic qualification

University of Sydney

Award Date: 1 Sep 2008

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Research Output

Assessing the diet quality of individuals with rheumatic conditions; a cross-sectional study

Carter, T., D'Cunha, N. M., Georgousopoulou, E. N., Isbel, S., Davey, R., Mellor, D. D., Kellett, J., McKune, A. J. & Naumovski, N., 6 Feb 2020, In : Rheumatology International. p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • A Mini-Review of Virtual Reality-Based Interventions to Promote Well-Being for People Living with Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment

    D'Cunha, N. M., Nguyen, D., Naumovski, N., McKune, A. J., Kellett, J., Georgousopoulou, E. N., Frost, J. & Isbel, S., 1 Jul 2019, In : Gerontology. 65, 4, p. 430-440 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    7 Downloads (Pure)

    Effects of an art gallery intervention in people living with dementia: A Pilot Study

    D'Cunha, N. M., McKune, A. J., Isbel, S., Georgousopoulou, E. N., Kellett, J. & Naumovski, N., 8 Nov 2019, In : Innovation in Aging. 3, Supplement 1, p. 52-52 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

  • Experiences of occupation-based practice: An Australian phenomenological study of recently graduated occupational therapists

    Di Tommaso, A., Wicks, A., Scarvell, J. & Isbel, S., 1 Jul 2019, In : British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 82, 7, p. 412-421 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Exploring the relationship between resilience and practice education placement success in occupational therapy students

    Brown, T., Yu, M. L., Hewitt, A. E., Isbel, S. T., Bevitt, T. & Etherington, J., 1 Feb 2019, In : Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 67, 1, p. 49-61 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle