Dr Margaret Wallen - Nat School of Allied Health (Faculty of Health Sciences)
Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor
I am a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy and Course Coordinator based at the North Sydney Campus.
My research has largely focused on children, predominantly children with cerebral palsy. I am also interested in outcome measurement, evidence-based practice and knowledge translation. My research with children has included upper Iimb interventions in infants and children with cerebral palsy including constraint-induced movement therapy, bimanual interventions, wrist/hand orthoses and effects of occupational therapy and Botulinum toxin-A injections. In addition, I am involved with the Eyes on Communication team to identify and evaluate best practice implementation of eye-gaze control technology for enhancing participation and communication of people with cerebral palsy with significant disability.
I am passionate about consumer involvement in research and was honoured with a Churchill Fellowship which enabled me to harness the knowledge and expertise of eminent international research centres respected for their partnership with consumers, and apply the learnings to cerebral palsy research locally. I am currently involved in research identifying ways to involve children with cerebral palsy and their families as research partners and to evaluate outcomes of consumer involvement.
I am also currently involved in a program of research focused on youth and young adults with cerebral palsy.
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- Effective engagement of children and young people with cerebral palsy as partners in research (Undergraduate) (Principal Supervisor)
- Australian Centre for Health Independence, Economic Participation and Value Enhanced Care for adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy (CP-Achieve) (Funded Grant) (Co-investigator)
- Implementation of an evidence-based intervention in an Australian context with youth with complex disability and evaluation of involvement of consumer research partners. (Undergraduate) (Principal Supervisor)
- iWhOT trial of rigid upper limb orthoses for children with cerebral palsy with embedded economic analysis. (Funded Grant) (Co-investigator)
Constraint-induced movement therapy in children with unilateral cerebral palsy, in Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
The Hand Assessment for Infants at risk for cerebral palsy, in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
A magic-themed upper limb intervention for children with unilateral cerebral palsy: The perspectives of parents, in Developmental Neurorehabilitation
Upper limb function of children with unilateral cerebral palsy after a magic-themed HABIT: A pre-post-study with 3- and 6-month follow-up, in Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics
Eyes on communication: trialling eye-gaze control technology in young children with dyskinetic cerebral palsy, in Developmental Neurorehabilitation
Parent Perception of Two Eye-Gaze Control Technology Systems in Young Children with Cerebral Palsy: Pilot Study., in Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Upper limb function in everyday life of children with cerebral palsy: Description and review of parent report measures, in Disability and Rehabilitation