PhD profile Dr Carolyn Dunford PhD, MSc, DipCOT
Carolyn is Head of Research at the Children’s Trust, Tadworth
where she is combining her academic research and clinical skills
through working with children with acquired brain injury. She
worked for three years as a senior lecturer at York St. John
University teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students.
She has worked with children for over 18 years, mostly in Gwent in
south Wales but also in Leeds. She has worked as a clinical
specialist and researcher for children with developmental
coordination disorder (DCD). She has a Masters in Community Child
Health and a PhD in “Outcomes and Effectiveness of Occupational
Therapy for Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder
(Dyspraxia)”. Carolyn has presented her work at local, national and
international meetings, workshops and conferences. She is
currently collaborating on a National Institute for Health Research
grant “Defining and mapping rehabilitation inputs and outcomes for
children after severe acquired brain injury”.
Research areas of interest
Measuring outcomes of rehabilitation for
children and young people, using the International Classification
of Functioning Disability and Health alongside occupational therapy
models. Carolyn welcomes students who are interested in developing
knowledge and understanding of children and young people’s
Postgraduate supervision and mentorship
Andrea Hasselbusch, PhD student, Bournemouth
University. Exploring the implementation and effectiveness of a
School-Based Occupational Therapy Practice Framework.
Sue Walker, PhD student, Cardiff University.
Participation following childhood acquired brain injury.
Lorna Wales, PhD student, University of
Warwick. Self-awareness in paediatric brain injury. Mentor.
Ursula Costa, PhD student, Zentrum für
Gesundheitsberufe, Tirol, Austria. Mentor.
Benita Powrie, PhD student, University of
Queensland, Australia. For young people with complex disabilities
that significantly limit their physical and communicative ability,
what does meaningful participation in leisure feel like? How do
individuals with disabilities define their involvement in leisure?
Member of PhD supervisory team.
Jane Chantry, MSc dissertation at York St John
University. How do computer assistive technologies enhance
participation in childhood occupations for children with multiple
and complex disabilities? A literature review.
Michelle Rundle, MSc dissertation at York St
John University. Towards an understanding of family- centred,
occupation-based Occupational Therapy services, with particular
reference to children with autism. A literature review.
Cathy Szeplaki, MSc dissertation at York St
John University. How can effectiveness of powered mobile arm
supports be measured by occupational therapists who manage Duchenne
muscular dystrophy? A literature review.
Sharp, N. Dunford, C. & Seddon, L. (2012)
A critical appraisal of how occupational therapists can enable
participation in adaptive physical activity for children and young
people. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75(11)
Nissen, S. Dunford, C. Johnson, M. &
Jenkinson S. (2012) Combining palliative and rehabilitative
approaches for children and young people with life limiting and
life threatening conditions related to severe acquired brain
injury. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 54
West, S, Dunford, C. & Mayston, S. (2012)
Guiding service delivery and monitoring change in pupils with a
severe acquired brain injury: the School Function Assessment
Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 54 (Suppl.3)
Dunford, C. Kelly, G. Borgia, J. Ruff, A.
(2012) Applying the ICF to children and youth. Occupational
Therapy News 20(3) 34-35
Green, D. & Dunford, C. (2012) Paediatric
Occupational Therapy in the United Kingdom. In: Lane, S. J. &
Bundy, A. C. Kids can be kids: A childhood occupations
Approach. Philadelphia: F A Davis Company
Dunford, C. & Bannigan, K. (2011) Children
and young people’s occupations, health and well being: a research
manifesto for developing the evidence base. WFOT Bulletin
Dunford, C. & Bannigan, K. (2011)
Measuring rehabilitation outcomes for children with severe acquired
brain injury. Abstracts. Developmental Medicine & Child
Wales, L. & Dunford, C. (2011) Measuring
participation in occupation for children with acquired brain
injuries British Journal of Occupational Therapy
Hasselbusch, A. & Dunford, C. (2011) Use
of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure in School-based
Occupational Therapy. Children Young People and Families
Occupational Therapy Journal 15(2) 5-12
Dunford, C. (2011) Goal orientated group
intervention for children with developmental coordination disorder.
Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics 31:3,
288-300 DOI: 10.3109/01942638.2011.565864
Chantry, J. & Dunford, C. (2010) How do
computer assistive technologies enhance participation in childhood
occupations for children with multiple and complex disabilities? A
review of the current literature British Journal of
Occupational Therapy,73(8) 351-365
Dunford, C. Kelly, J and Owen, C. (2010)
Occupational Therapy with Children and Young People: A UK
perspective Journal of Occupational Therapy and Early
Intervention 3: 2, 187-196 (Invited article)
Dunford, C. (2010) Linking Theory and
Practice: Cognition and occupational therapy, International
Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 57: 2, 221 —