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Dr Carolyn Dunford

Dr Carolyn Dunford
Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy


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

Dunford, C., Wales, L. 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. pp. 030802261989487 - 030802261989487. 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. 1 - 9. 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

Forsyth, R., Young, D., Kelly, G., Davis, K., Dunford, C., Golightly, A., et al. (2017) 'Paediatric Rehabilitation Ingredients Measure: a new tool for identifying paediatric neurorehabilitation content'. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 60 (3). pp. 299 - 305. ISSN: 0012-1622 Open Access Link

Journal article

Nissen, S., Purssell, E., Shaw, K., Bailey, C., Efstathiou, N. and Dunford, C. (2017) 'Impaired mobility associated with an increased likelihood of death in children: A systematic review'. Journal of Child Health Care, 22 (1). pp. 147 - 158. ISSN: 1367-4935 Open Access Link

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