Professor Christine Imms (2018-2020)
Prof. Christine Imms (BAppScOT; MSc(RS), PhD, Fellow OTARA) is the Apex Australia Chair of Neurodevelopment and Disability at the University of Melbourne and Royal Children’s Hospital. She holds honorary roles at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research at McMaster University and the Australian Catholic University. Christine was awarded Fellow of the Occupational Therapy Australia Research Academy in 2019.
Christine is an occupational therapist with 17+ years of clinical plus 20+ years of academic experience; her current role is primarily research and knowledge translation focused. Christine’s research is always collaborative, and her foci are (i) effectiveness of occupational therapy and allied interventions particularly in the field of childhood-onset disability, including cerebral palsy; (ii) development and testing of valid, reliable outcome measures pertinent to childhood disability; (iii) longitudinal follow-up of participation, health and well-being outcomes for children and families; and (iv) conceptual work about ‘participation’ that resulted in the publication of the family of Participation Related Constructs, that underpins her related research and which is being used internationally to support participation research and practice in the area of childhood disability and beyond.
Christine has a strong commitment to enhancing evidence-based practice and integrated knowledge translation as demonstrated through: invited education opportunities and publication of books, chapters and systematic reviews focused on best practice in childhood disability. Two themes cross her current research: (i) inclusion of an integrated knowledge translation approach with consumers (parents and young people with disability) engaged as co-researchers and advisors; and (ii) involvement of students (honours, masters, doctoral and/or post-doctoral) wherever possible within the research programs to build capacity and ensure development of the next generation of researchers.