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Dr Aislinn Lalor is an Occupational Therapist and Early Career Researcher, Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Dr Aislinn Lalor's occupational therapy background has included teaching at Monash University since 2009, and clinical work in acute aged mental health and community health positions prior to undertaking her PhD regarding sleep quality of older adults in 2013. Her teaching has included opportunities to develop and deliver curriculum at Princess Nora Bint Abdul Rahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and development and delivery of a collaborative interprofessional international health immersion program in Vietnam and Cambodia. Aislinn is currently also a part-time Research Fellow with the Rehabilitation, Ageing, and Independent Living (RAIL) Research Centre at Monash University in conjunction with the National Centre for Healthy Ageing

She is the current secretary and committee member of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) Victoria Division Executive Committee and member of OT Australia; the Sleep Health Foundation (SHF); and the Australian Sleep Association Network of Early career Sleep researchers in Training (ASA-NEST). 

Research interests

Aislinn's research is predominatly focused towards adults and older adults and healthy ageing, with additional  interest in sleep, disability, carers / caregivers / care-partners and the impact dogs can have on the health and wellbeing of people's lives.

Aislinn is particularly interested in qualitative research methodologies and collaborative and inclusive research opportunities. Her research primarily involves interdisciplinary collaborations and recent funded projects have related to falls risk assessment for individuals with intellectual disability, impact of visitor restrictions on care-partners of residents in aged care, and best-practice service delivery. 


Monash teaching commitment

Dr Aislinn Lalor is the Second Year Coordinator for the Department of Occupational Therapy, Monash University.

OCC1042 Human Occupation and Development (12 credit point unit)

Second Semester, 1st Year: Unit Coordinator

The unit introduces students to Occupational Science principles and mechanisms underlying the relationship between persons, their environments and occupations; and how it relates to human health and wellbeing. The concept of occupation is described, and how people shape and are shaped by their engagement in occupation and their environmental context across the lifespan.

OCC1032 Development across the Lifespan (6 credit point unit)

Second Semester, 1st Year: Unit Coordinator

This unit examines how individuals change and develop as they age - from infancy to old age. Students explore the psychological and occupational processes inherent in development, and in doing so examine the progressive cognitive, emotional, behavioural, psychosocial and occupational changes that occur with age. A broad range of topics are covered by this unit, including: motor skill and other psycho-physiological developmental processes, problem solving, language acquisition, abstract thought, identity development and formation, and relationships.


OCC2014 Occupational Performance, Components and Capabilities (12 credit point unit) 

First Semester, 2nd Year: Unit Coordinator

This unit uses an integrated scenario/case-based learning approach and focuses primarily on introduction of assessment. Students are introduced to mechanisms and consequences of problems related to mental, sensory, cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological and biomechanical capacities that underpin occupational engagement and occupational performance.


OCC0372 Occupational Therapy Honours Research Project 1 (12 credit point unit)

Second Semester, 3rd Year: Honours Supervisor

The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) research project program has been designed to enable students to effectively integrate research knowledge and skill with occupational therapy practice knowledge and skill. This unit introduces students to the first component of their project, working in collaboration with their host organisation and Monash University supervisors, to develop a research proposal.


OCC4091 Occupational Therapy Honours Research Project 2 (12 credit point unit)

First Semester, 4th Year: Honours Supervisor

Continuing on from OCC3072, students are supported to undertake a research project, collecting data, analysing data, writing up results and contextualising the results in relation to pertinent literature and the professional practice context. This provides students with the context to apply and consolidate advanced research methodology. 


Supervision interests

Dr Aislinn Lalor currently supervises Honours, Masters and PhD students and is accepting PhD students for supervision. Current ongping, and recently completed, supervised research projects include:

  • The effect of exercise on the mobility of people with visual impairment
  • Driving as an enabling occupation for women in Saudi Arabia
  • Examining the impact of persistent post-concussion symptoms (PPCS) on the occupational participation of adults
  • Exploring fatigue in paramedics
  • Australian occupational therapists’ role in sleep management in palliative care: A cross-sectional survey
  • A survey of factors that influence Affinity with Dogs for People with Autism
  • A qualitative study of Sleep Perceptions of Carers in Palliative Care
  • Sleep in palliative care: A qualitative study of health professionals’ perceptions
  • Occupational therapists' experiences of implementing occupation-based practice in neurology, and its impact on professional identity
  • Effects of a Partner-Assisted Insomnia intervention on Couples’ Relationships: A qualitative study
  • Experience of people using Assistance Animals within community living in Australia
  • A survey of Australian occupational therapists' knowledge and perceptions on the use of assistance dogs
  • Experiences of the impact of assistance dogs on the occupational engagement of children with autism and their families
  • The experiences of the transition home from inpatient rehabilitation of people who have had a stroke

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Biostatistics, Graduate Diploma of Biostatistics, MONASH UNIVERSITY


Award Date: 27 Jan 2021

Sleep, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), What are the causes and consequences of impaired sleep quality during and following extended hospitalization amongst older adults?, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Apr 2013Mar 2017

Award Date: 1 Nov 2017

Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours), Child, parent and teacher perceptions of child motor skills and objective motor skill assessment: Do motor skill perceptions predict motor skill performance?, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Feb 2005Nov 2008

Award Date: 7 May 2009

Research area keywords

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Older Adults
  • Sleep
  • Carers
  • Healthy ageing
  • Palliative Care
  • Allied Health Education
  • Allied health
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Assistance Animals
  • Sleep quality
  • Models of Care
  • Ageing
  • Social participation
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Residential aged care
  • Assistance dogs
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Qualitative methodology
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Falls
  • Falls risk assessment
  • Falls prevention
  • Scenario Based Learning
  • interprofessional learning
  • Occupational Science
  • Interprofessional education
  • Collaborative learning
  • Online learning
  • Student mobility

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