Professor Leeanne Carey awarded the Sylvia Docker Lecture

The Board of Occupational Therapy Australia is delighted to announce Professor Leeanne Carey as the recipient of the 2023 Sylvia Docker Lecture Award.

Professor Leeanne Carey, BAppSc(OT), PhD, FAOTA, FOTARA 

Leeanne is a Professor of Occupational Therapy at La Trobe University and Founding Head of the Neurorehabilitation and Recovery research laboratory, Florey Institute. Her stroke research program focuses on: stroke recovery; brain function and plasticity; restorative rehabilitation; and knowledge translation. She has led several major cohort, intervention, and implementation clinical trials.

Professor Carey has developed a successful, neuroscience-based approach to help survivors of stroke regain a sense of touch, enabling them to use their hands more effectively to engage in daily activities. She has also investigated the impact of depression and cognition on stroke recovery.

An important focus of Professor Carey's work has been to translate these discoveries into clinical practice, to facilitate better outcomes for survivors of stroke. She teaches in evidence-based neurorehabilitation settings and leads a multidisciplinary team of experts, emerging researchers, and Master and PhD students in the Neurorehabilitation and Recovery research laboratory.

Leeanne is a research fellow of the American Academy of Occupational Therapy and the Occupational Therapy Australia Research Academy. She is inspired by the emerging researchers, research students and therapists she works with. 

To hear Leeanne's Sylvia Docker Lecture "Ignite your passion, and connect, to make a difference", secure your place at Occupational Therapy Australia's 30th National Conference & Exhibition — registrations open 1 February. 

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