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Dr Barclay is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. Prior to joining Monash she worked clinically with people with disability and ran her own private practice working with people with spinal cord injury.

Research interests

Linda's research focuses on improving the community, social and economic participation outcomes of people living with spinal cord injury. She is passionate about consumer engagement in research, and disseminating research findings to consumers and users of research in accessible formats including social media. Her publications are highly cited (Barclay et al 2015), and have won awards (Spinal Research Institute - Why-Research-Matters, Spinal Cord - Reader’s Choice). She works closely with community organisations and is a member of the International Spinal Cord  Society Engagement and Peer Support Special Interest Group.  In addition to her role at Monash, Linda is Research and Knowledge Translation Lead at the Spinal Research Institute.

Other research interests include maximising the inclusion of students with disability in education, and the role of assistive technology in facilitating community participation for people with disability, and consumer engagement in research. She is a member of and MNHS Faculty representative for the Monash Assistive Technology and Society (MATS) Centre. Her work utilises participatory and qualitative methods.


Linda supervises PhD, MPhil and honours students. Current projects include:

  • Practice placement supervision of Occupational Therapy students
  • Skills for Independence’ course for people with a spinal cord injury: Exploring most significant change
  • Employers’ perceptions of supporting an employee returning to work following a stroke.

Teaching commitments

Linda has been involved in developing curriculum and has taught extensively in both the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons) course (QF8) and Masters by Practice degrees in Occupational Therapy (QF9). Linda is Unit Coordinator and Chief Examiner for:

OCC4030 - Occupational performance, capabilities and components (12 credit points)

OCC5080 – Advanced Professional Practice (12 credit points)

She was Course Coordinator of the Masters of Occupational Therapy Practice Course from 2019 - 2022. 

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 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Research and Knowledge Translation Lead, Spinal Research Institute Limited

28 Nov 2022 → …

Research area keywords

  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Participation
  • Qualitative methodology
  • Disability

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