Associate Professor Laura Miller - Nat School of Allied Health (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Assistant Supervisor – Only eligible to supervise with a fully accredited Principal or Co-supervisor


Laura Miller is an Associate Professor in Occupational Therapy. Laura completed her PhD in 2014 with The University of Queensland School of Medicine. She was awarded a Masters of Health Services Management with Distinction in 2010 and a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Honours in 1997. Laura is an active researcher within ACU's Centre for Disability and Development Research. Laura has international research collaborations with McMaster University's CanChild and holds a number of competitive international grants. Laura has research interests in childhood disability and development, participation, motivation and engagement, family empowerment and health services research. Laura also teaches into the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy Pass and Honours program at ACU on the Brisbane campus. She was Course Coordinator from 2013-2018 and is currently Chair of the School of Allied Health International Committee and a Member of the ACU Human Research Ethics Committee.


Phone :7843 (Brisbane)
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Research Interests

Motivation and engagement ; Participation ; Childhood disability and development ; Coaching ; Parenting ; Family empowerment ; Health Services Research ;

Methods Expertise

Randomised Control Trials ; Systematic Reviews ; Mixed Methods ; Qualitative Research ;

Research Projects

Completed Projects

  • WOW! Welcome Orientation Workshops: New ideas for parenting a child with an early onset neurodisability in the 21st Century (renamed ENVISAGE) (Funded Grant) (Chief Investigator)

Current Projects

  • ENVISAGE First Peoples: Enabling Visions and Growing Expectations for Caregivers and Families Raising an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Child with Cerebral Palsy or Neurodisabilty. (Funded Grant) (Chief Investigator)
  • ENVISAGE for Service Providers, Australia: Creating opportunity to change how service providers, think, talk about and approach childhood disability (Funded Grant) (Co-investigator)
  • ENVISAGE: ENabling VISion And Growing Expectations. A Program to Support Parents of Children Newly Diagnosed with A Neurodisability. (Funded Grant) (Chief Investigator)

Selected Publications


What is the threshold dose of upper limb training for children with cerebral palsy to improve function? A systematic review, in Australian Occupational Therapy Journal


Utilisation of coaching practices in early interventions in children at risk of developmental disability/delay: A systematic review. , in Disability and Rehabilitation


Functional hand splints versus and combined with the CO-OP approach for children with cerebral palsy and brain injury: A randomized controlled trial., in BMC Pediatrics


Overview of play and leisure. , in Measuring occupational performance: supporting best practice in occupational therapy. Third edition ed. (pp. 153-199) Thorofare, NJ, United States: SLACK Incorporated.


Randomized trial of upper limb intensive group versus individualized occupational therapy for children with unilateral cerebral palsy, in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 57, 539-547.

Mastery motivation: A way of understanding therapy outcomes for children with hemiplegia., in Disability and Rehabilitation, 37, 1439-1445.

Does context matter? Mastery motivation and therapy engagement during two different goal-directed upper limb interventions for children with unilateral cerebral palsy., in Physical and Occupational Therapy in Paediatrics


Mastery motivation in children with congenital hemiplegia: Individual and environmental associations., in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 56, 267-274.

Mastery motivation as a predictor of occupational performance following upper limb intervention for school-aged children with congenital hemiplegia. , in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 56, 976-983.

The Dimensions of Mastery Questionnaire in school-aged children with congenital hemiplegia: Test-retest reproducibility and parent-child concordance. , in Physical and Occupational Therapy in Paediatrics,

A systematic review of clinimetric properties of measurements of motivation for children aged 5-16 years with a physical disability or motor delay. , in Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics,

Other information

Successful Competitive Grants:

Canadian Institutes of Health Research $379 000 CAN
ENVISAGE: Families
Principal Investigator

American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine $25 000 USD
Welcome Orientation Workshops
Principal Investigator

ACU Faculty of Health Sciences $10 000 AUD
ENVISAGE: First Nations
Principal Investigator

National Health Medical Research Council Scholarship $79 000 2011-2014