Professor Christine Imms - Nat School of Allied Health (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

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Professor of Occupational Therapy; National Head of School of Allied Health; Director, Centre for Disability and Development Research (CeDDR): www.acu.edu.au/ceddr

Contact

Phone :0399533404 (Melbourne)
Email :Christine.Imms@acu.edu.au
URIs : Staff Directory Profile

Research Interests

Occupational Therapy ; Paediatric Occupational Therapy ; Occupational Therapy Interventions ; Evidence Based Practice ; Cerebral Palsy ; Outcome Measures ; Rehabilitation ; Participation and Childhood Onset Disability ;

Methods Expertise

Intervention trials ; Qualitative Research ; Outcome measurement ; Survey methods ;

Research Projects

Selected Publications

2018

Shields, Adair, Froude and Imms. Characteristics influencing the extent of participation of children in activities outside school: A cross sectional study, in American Journal of Occupational Therapy

Shih, Tonmukayakul, Imms, Reddihough, Graham, Cox, Carter. Economic evaluation and cost of interventions for cerebral palsy: A systematic review, in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology

Kerr, Shields, Quarmby, Roberts, Imms, and the 'Best Service at the Best Time' group, Supports and barriers to implementation of routine clinical assessment for children with cerebral palsy: A mixed methods study, in Disability and Rehabilitation

Kerr, Bowe, Miyazaki and Imms. Psychometric properties of the 'Evidence Based Practice Competencies Questionnaire - Cerebral Palsy', in Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics

2017

Shields, Adair, Wilson, Froude, Imms. Characteristics influencing participation diversity of children in activities outside of school, in American Journal of Occupational Therapy (in press)

Deramore Denver, Adolfsson, Froude, Rosenbaum and Imms. Methods for conceptualising 'visual ability' as a measurable construct in children with cerebral palsy, in BMC Medical Research Methodology

Imms and Adair. Participation trajectories: impact of school transitions on children and youth, in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology

Imms, King, Majnemer, Avery, Chiarello, Palisano, Orlin, and Law. Leisure participation-preference congruence of children with cerebral palsy: A Children's Assessment of Participation and Enjoyment International Network descriptive study, in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 59(4) pp 380-387

Darzins, Imms and Di Stefano. Measurement of activity limitations and participation restrictions: Examiantion of ICF-linked content and scale properties of the PC-PART and FIM Instruments, in Disability and Rehabilitation

King, Imms, Stewart, Freeman, Ngyuen. A transactional framework for pediatric rehabilitation: Shifitng focus to situated contexts, transactional processes and adaptive developmental outcomes, in Disability and Rehabilitation

O'Connor, Kerr, Shields and Imms. Understanding allied health practitioners' use of evidence-based assessments with children with cerebral palsy: A mixed methods study, in Disability and Rehabilitation

Garbellini, Robert, Randall, Elliot and Imms. Rationale for prescription and effectiveness of, upper limb orthoses for children with cerebral palsy: A systematic review, in Disability and Rehabilitation

Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of embedded simulation in occupational therapy clinical practice education: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial, in Trials (online)

2016

Imms, Freeman While involving children and youth with disability as research partners was viewed positively, methodologically strong research is required to inform effective participation outcomes , in Australian Occupational Therapy Journal 63(3), 219-220

Imms, Wallen, Elliot, Hoare, Randall, Greaves, Adair, Bradshaw, Carter, Orsini, Shih, Reddihough Minimising impairment: Protocol for a multicentre randomised controlled trial of upper limb orthoses for children with cerebral palsy, in BMC Pediatrics

Imms, Froude, Adair, Shields, A descriptive study of the participation of children and adolescents in activites outside school, in BMC Pediatrics, (16)1

Darzins, Imms, Stefano, Radia-George, Personal Care Participation Assessment and Resource Tool: Clinical utility for inpatient rehabilitation, in Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68(3) pp 334-43

Imms and Adair Participation trajectories: impact of school transitions on children and youth with cerebral palsy, in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology

Imms, Granlund, Wilson, Steenbergen, Rosenbaum, Gordon. Participation, both a means and an end: a conceptual analysis of processes and outcomes in childhood disability, in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology

Imms, Adair, Keen, Ullenhag, Rosenbaum, Granlund, Participation: A systematic review of language definitions and constructs used in intervention research with children with disabilties, in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 58(1) pp 29-38

Denver, Froude, Rosenbaum, Wildes-Gillan, Imms. Measurement of visual ability in children with cerebral palsy: a systematic review, in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 58(10), 1016-1029

Darzins, Imms, Di Stefano Measurement of activity limitations and participation restrictions. Examination of ICF-linked content and scale properties of the PC-PART and FIM instruments, in Disability and Rehabilitation

Woodmansee, Hahne, Imms, Shields, Comparing participation in physical recreation activities between children with typical development: A secondary analysis of matched data, in Research and Developmental Disabilities, Vol 49-50 pp 268-276

2015

Law, Anaby, Imms, Teplicky and Turner. Improving the participation of youth with physical disability in community activities: An interrupted time series design., in Australian Occupational Therapy Journal (early online)

O'Connor, Kerr, Shields and Imms A systematic review of evidence-based assessment practises by allied health practitioners for children with cerebral palsy, in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology

Adair, Ullenhag, Keen, Granlund & Imms. The effect of interventions aimed at improving participation outcomes for children with disabilities: A systematic review, in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology (online version)

Imms, Matthews, Richmond, Law and Ullenhag. Optimising leisure participation: A pilot intervention study for adolescents with physical impairments, in Disability and Rehabilitation (early online)

Davey, Imms and Fossey. Our child's significant disability shapes our lives": experiences of family and social participation, in Disability and Rehabilitation (early online)

Darzins, Imms, Shields and Taylor. Responsiveness, construct and criterion validity of the Personal Care-Participation Assessment and Resource Tool (PC-PART), in Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 13(1), 125-141

Imms, Novak, Kerr, Shields, Randall, Harvey, Graham,Reddihough. Improving allied health professionals' research implementation behaviours for children with cerebral palsy: protocol for a before-after study., in Implementation Science 10 (1).

2014

Radia-George, Imms and Taylor. Inter-rater reliability and clinical utility of the Personal Care Participation Assessment and Resource Tool (PC-PART) in an inpatient rehabilitation setting. , in American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 68, 334-343.

Imms, Granlund. Participation: Are we there yet ..., in Australian Journal of Occupational Therapy Journal, Editorial, 61 (5), 291-292

Darzins, Imms and Di Stefano. Evaluation of the internal construct validity of the Personal Care Participation and Resource Tool (PC-PART)., in BMC Health Services Research, 14:543.

Randall, Imms, Carey, and Pallant. Rasch analysis of the Melbourne Assessment of Unilateral Upper Limb Function., in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 56 (7),665-672.

Shields, King, Black and Imms. Is Participation among children with intellectual disabilities in outside school activities similar to their typically developing peers? A systematic review., in Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 17 (1), 64-71.

Majnemer, Granlund, Imms, Bornman, Elliot and Novak. Participation and environment in childhood disability., in UNICEF Manual of Measurement in Childhood Disability in Low and Middle Income Countries. Chapter 5 (submitted).

Majnemer, Granlund, Imms, Bornman, Elliot and Novak. Assessing participation and environment in children with disabilities., in UNICEF Manual of Measurement in Childhood Disability in Low and Middle Income Countries. Chapter 6 (submitted).

2013

Greaves, Imms, Dodd & Krumlinde-Sundholm. Development of the Mini-Assisting Hand Assessment: Evidence for content and internal scale validity., in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 55(11), 1030-1037.

Hoare, Imms, Villanueva, Rawicki, Matyas and Carey. Intensive therapy following upper limb botulinum toxin A injection in young children with unilateral cerebral palsy: A randomised trial., in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 55(3) 238-247.

King, Imms, Palisano, Majnemer, Chiarello, Orlin, Law and Avery. Geographical patterns in the recreation and leisure participation of children and youth with cerebral palsy: A CAPE international collaborative network study., in Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 16(3), 196-206.

King, Shields, Imms, Black and Adern. Participation of children with intellectual disability compared with typically developing children., in Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 1854-1862.

Harvey, Randall, Reid, Lee, Imms, Rodda, Eldrigde, Orsini and Reddihough. Children with cerebral palsy and periventricular white matter injury: Does gestational age affect functional outcome?, in Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 2500-2506.

2012

Randall, Imms and Carey. Further evidence of validity of the modified Melbourne Assessment of neurologically impaired children aged 2 to 4 years., in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 54(5), 424-428.

Greaves, Imms, Krumlinde-Sundholm, Dodd and Eliasson. Bimanual behaviours in children aged 8-18 months: A literature review to select toys which elicit the use of two hands., in Research in Developmental Disabilities, 33(1), 240-250.

2011

Hoare, Imms, Randall & Carey. Linking cerebral palsy upper limb measurements to the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health, in Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 43, 987-996.

2010

Hoare et al.Modified constraint induced movement therapy or conventional occupational therapy following injection of Botulinum toxin-A to improve bimanual performance in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy: A randomised controlled trial methods paper, in BMC Neurology,10:58.

Hoare, Wallen, Imms, Villanueva, Rawicki & Carey. Botulinum toxin A as an adjunct to treatment in the management of the upper limb in children with spastic cerebral palsy (UPDATE), in Cochrane Database Systematic Reviews(1), CD003469.

Greaves, Imms, Dodd & Krumlinde-Sundholm. Assessing bimanual performance in young children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy: a systematic review, in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 52(5), 413-421.

Dodd, Imms & Taylor (Eds) Physical and occupational therapy for people with cerebral palsy: A problem based approach to assessment and management., in London: Mac Keith Press. Includes seven authored chapters. Japanese translation published by Mac Keith Press.

Imms & Greaves. Measure twice, cut once: Understanding the reliability and validity of the clinical measurement tools used in allied health., in P. Liamputtong (Ed.), Research Methods in Health: Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice (pp. 173-195). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

2009

Olesch, Greaves, Imms, Reid & Graham. Repeat botulinum toxin-A injections in the upper limb of children with hemiplegia: a randomized controlled trial. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology., in Nominated as the 10th most influential paper in 2010 by the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.

2008

Imms. The evidence base for upper extremity intervention for children with cerebral palsy., in A. C. Eliasson & P. Burtner (Eds.), The child with cerebral palsy: Management of the upper extremity. (pp. 396-417). London: Mac Keith Press.

Imms, Reilly, Carlin & Dodd. Diversity of participation in children with cerebral palsy., in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 50(5), 363-369.