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Ted works in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University as an Professor and Undergraduate Course Coordinator of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) course offered by the Monash Department of Occupational Therapy at its Peninsula Campus. 

Ted has worked as an occupational therapist for over 30 years. He completed a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy with honours in 1986 from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario Canada. He then went on to complete a Master of Public Administration with a specialisation in health care policy in 1989 and a Master of Science in rehabilitation in 1991 from Queen's University, Canada. In 2003, he completed a PhD in occupational therapy at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. 

In relation to clinical experience, Ted worked for three years at the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital (1986-1989), one year at Kingstong General Hospital (1990) and eleven years at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (1991-2002). Ted then migrated to Australia in 2002 and worked at La Trobe University in a post-doctoral research position for two years (2003-2004). Ted also worked part time at the Royal Children's Hospital in early intervention from 2002-2005 in Australia.

In 2005, Ted took up an academic position in the newly established Department of Occupational Therapy, Monash University - Peninsula Campus. He was one of four foundation members of staff hired to set up the undergraduate course. Currently Ted is an Associate Professor and Undergraduate Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) course offered at Monash University. 

In 2017, Ted was made an inaugural Fellow of the Occupational Therapy Australia Research Academy (FOTARA). In 2019, Ted was awarded the Roster of Fellows for the American Occupational Therapy Association (FAOTA) designation based on his “excellence in education, research, and service" to the occupational therapy discipline in the United States and internationally. In 2017, Ted and three other colleagues published the first edited book written by Australian occupational therapy authors for entry to practice students titled "Occupational therapy in Australia: Practice and process issues". 

Monash teaching commitment

Ted currently coordinates, tutors and lectures into the following undergraduate units offered in the Monash Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) course during Semester One and Two each academic year:

OCC1011 Professional Issues (6 CPs), Semester one

OCC3041 Skills for Evidence-Based Practice I (6 CPs), Semester one

OCC2022 Skills for Evidence-Based Practice II (12 CPs), Semester two

OCC1022 Foundations of Occupational Therapy Practice (6 CPs), Semester two


Research interests

Ted has a number of research interests including:

- paediatric occupational therapy practice with children and families

- aspects of school-based occupational therapy practice

- child-centred approaches to paediatric assessment

- aspects of evidence-based practice 

- evidence-based education with health professional students

- applications of the Rasch Measurement Model to scale development and validation 

- bibliomentric analysis of journal publications

Supervision interests

I have supervised a number of undergraduate honours research theses, masters by research and doctoral students to completion. Below are a list of thesis titles I have supervised. 

PhD Student Supervision

  • The professionalisation of paramedics: Standardising the graduate attributes of Higher Education curricula in Australia (Monash University, 2009)
  • Adherence to acute hand therapy treatment – application of a multi-dimensional model (Monash University, 2009)
  • Social inclusion of young people in residential aged care (Monash University, 2011)
  • Development of Comprehensive Occupational-Based Assessment Protocol for Young Children's Social Competence in the Early Childhood Setting (University of Queensland, 2010)
  • The assessment of Children’s Hand Skills (ACHS): Theoretical framework, development, and validation (Monash University, 2011)
  • Achieving participation: the role of occupational participation following discharge from hospital, in falls prevention with older adults (Monash University, 2015)
  • Is elastic therapeutic tape effective in the management of upper limb overuse injuries in adult workers? (Monash University, 2017)
  • Family Quality of Life when there is a child with a disability (Monash University, 2018)
  • Impact of DIR/Floortime home-based intervention program on parents and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (Monash University, 2018)

Undergraduate Honours Research Thesis Supervision

  • What are my motor skills like?: The relationship between child, parent and teacher perspectives of child motor skill development (Monash University, Occupational Therapy, 2007)
  • The reliability of performance of healthy adults on three visual perception tests (Deakin University, Occupational Therapy, 2008)
  • Can cognitive-perceptual assessment scores predict the functional performance skills of adult clients diagnosed with neurological impairment? (Monash University, Occupational Therapy, 2008)
  • Parents' and service providers' perceptions of family-centred practice in early intervention settings (Monash University, Occupational Therapy, 2008)
  • Validity and reliability of two visual motor integration skills tests used with adults and children (Monash University, Occupational Therapy, 2009)
  • Dementia screening in acute care hospital settings; Evaluating the use of the Rowland Universal Dementia Assessment Scale (RUDAS) and the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) with a multicultural patient cohort. A pilot study (Monash University, Occupational Therapy, 2009)
  • Motor Skill Assessment of Children: Correlation among performance-based, child-report and parent-report motor skill tests, and their ability to predict quality of life in children aged 8-12 years (Deakin University, Occupational Therapy, 2010)
  • Activity preference and participation of typically developing Australian children residing in urban and rural areas (Deakin University, Occupational Therapy, 2010)
  • Does self-concept and physical self-perception of children impact on their activity preferences and occupational participation? (Deakin University, Occupational Therapy, 2012)
  • The convergent validity of three visual perceptual assessments used with Australian school children aged 6 to 12 years (Deakin University, Occupational Therapy, 2012)
  • Are standardized cognitive assessments used in the acute, sub-acute rehabilitation and Geriatric Evaluation and Management setting predictive of clients’ functional performance? (Monash University, Occupational Therapy, 2012)
  • Convergent validity of two motor skill tests used to assess school age children (Deakin University, Occupational Therapy, 2013)
  • Gender stereotyping of children’s toys (Deakin University, Occupational Therapy, 2013)
  •  An evaluation of the efficacy of the Graded Repetitive Arm Supplementary Program (GRASP) in improving stroke-affected upper limb functioning when provided to stroke survivors in the acute stroke care setting - from a clinical perspective and the perspectives of stroke survivors: A pilot study (Monash University, Occupational Therapy, 2014)
  • An evaluation of the accuracy of installation and effectiveness of home modifications prescribed by occupational therapists: Perspectives of clients who are discharged from subacute inpatient settings (Monash University, Occupational Therapy, 2014)
  • The relationship between children's sensory processing and their sleep habits and patterns (Deakin University, Occupational Therapy, 2016)
  • The relationship between body function and structure factors and the activity participation of older healthy adults (Deakin University, Occupational Therapy, 2016)
  • The relationship between sensory processing and pretend play in typically developing children (Deakin University, Occupational Therapy, 2016)
  • Consumer and clinician perspectives on the utility of the Monash Health Coping and Safety Tool (MHCaST) in an acute adult inpatient psychiatric unit (Monash University, Occupational Therapy, 2016)
  • The association between the functional performance of patients in a subacute setting and their scores on the Mini Mental Status Examination and the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (Monash University, Occupational Therapy, 2016)
  • Is the participation of typically developing children aged 6-12 years who reside in rural and urban regions of Australian influenced by personal and environmental factors? (Deakin University, Occupational Therapy, 2017)
  • The lived experience post inpatient fall: The clients’ and carers’ perspectives (Monash University, Occupational Therapy, 2017)
  • Examining the relationships between school-aged children’s perceptions of their play, leisure interests and sensory processing (Deakin University, Occupational Therapy, 2017)
  • Relationship between sensory processing and executive functioning in typically developing school age children (Monash University, Occupational Therapy, 2018)
  •  Exploring the experience Of LSVT BIG® for people with Parkinson’s disease and the influence on their occupations: a qualitative study (Monash University, Occupational Therapy, 2019)
  • Examining the relationship between 6-12-year-old children’s sensory processing and their activity participation: An exploratory study (Deakin University, Occupational Therapy, 2020)
  • The association between school-aged children’s self-reported levels of playfulness and quality of life: A pilot investigation (Monash University, Occupational Therapy, 2020)
  • The relationship between resilience, reflective thinking and professionalism in Australian undergraduate occupational therapy students (Monash University, Occupational Therapy, 2020)
  • The relationship between parent- and child-reported perceptions of the children’s handwriting quality and skills (Monash University, Occupational Therapy, 2020)

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

Education/Academic qualification

Health Professional Education, Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education (GrdCertHlthPrfEd), Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences


Award Date: 30 May 2006

Occupational Therapy, Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD), Rasch Analysis of Four Visual Motor Integration Scales Frequently Used by Paediatric Occupational Therapists, University of Queensland


Award Date: 30 May 2003

Rehabilitation & Research Methods, Master of Science (MSc in rehabilitation), The Male Minority: Job Satisfaction and Role Overload of Men in Occupational Therapy in Canada, Queen's University


Award Date: 30 Nov 1991

Public Administration & Health Care Policy, Master of Public Administration (MPA), Queen's University


Award Date: 30 May 1989

Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy (honours) (BScOT Hons), Personality characteristics of occupational therapy clinicians and students: similar or different?, Queen's University


Award Date: 30 May 1986

External positions

Honorary Associate Professor, Deakin University

2006 → …

Research area keywords

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Paediatrics
  • Assessment of Children
  • Tests and Measures
  • Children and Families
  • Rasch Measurement Model
  • Validity & Reliability
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Health Professional Education
  • Journal Bibliometrics
  • Peer-Review & Journal Publications
  • outcome measurement
  • Learning difficulties in children
  • Play and Leisure
  • Occupational Performance
  • Sensory Processing in Children
  • Motor Skills, Visual Motor Integration Skills & Fundamental Movement Skills in Children
  • Visual Perceptual Skills in Children
  • Handwriting Assessment & Remediation in Children
  • Practice Education / Fieldwork Education
  • Writing for Publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Evidence-based Education of Health Professional Students

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