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Dr Carolyn Dunford
Reader in Occupational Therapy

Mary Seacole 307B


Carolyn has a long and varied occupational therapy career combining clinical leadership, and research roles as well as working as an academic in Higher Education. She has specialised in working with children and young people with disabilities and their families. 

Carolyn is passionate about children and young people's participation and delivering evidence based practice.


  • PhD University of Wales. April 2008 "Occupational therapy for children with developmental coordination disorder (dyspraxia): outcomes and effectiveness"
  • Master of Science in Community Child Health, University of Wales. January 1999
  • Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists. January 1988
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, York St John University. December 2008


BSc programme: HH2710: Evidence based Occupational Therapy; HH3711 Research in Occupational Therapy; HH2810 Therapeutic Use of Activity and Occupations; HH3809 Research Proposal

Pre-registration MSc programme: OT5711 Strategies and Visions for Professional Development

Newest selected publications

Pool, JW., Siegert, RJ., Taylor, S., Dunford, C. and Magee, WL. (2020) 'Evaluating the validity, reliability and clinical utility of the Music therapy Sensory Instrument for Cognition, Consciousness and Awareness (MuSICCA): protocol of a validation study'. BMJ Open, 10 (8). pp. 1 - 7. ISSN: 2044-6055 Open Access Link

Journal article

Wales, L., Dunford, C. and Davis, K. (2020) 'Following severe childhood stroke, specialised residential rehabilitation improves self-care independence but there are ongoing needs at discharge'. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 83 (8). pp. 530 - 537. ISSN: 0308-0226 Open Access Link

Journal article

Milton, YM., Dunford, C. and Newby, KV. (2019) 'Occupational therapy home programmes for children with cerebral palsy: A national survey of United Kingdom paediatric occupational therapy practice'. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 82 (7). pp. 443 - 451. ISSN: 0308-0226 Open Access Link

Journal article

Kelly, G., Dunford, C., Forsyth, R. and Kavcic, A. (2018) 'Using child and family centred goal setting as an outcome measure in residential rehabilitation for children and youth with acquired brain injuries: the challenge of predicting expected levels of achievement.'. Child: care, health and development, 45 (2). pp. 286 - 291. ISSN: 0305-1862 Open Access Link

Journal article

Garrad, A., Callen, G., Dunford, C., Wales, L., Spiliotopoulou, G. and Frater, T. (2018) 'The concurrent validity of the UK Functional Independence Measure and Functional Assessment Measure (FIM plus FAM) for children and young people with acquired brain injury'. SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD. pp. 84 - 84. ISSN: 0308-0226

Conference paper
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