The aims of the Professional Education Research and Engagement Theme within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences include:

  • fostering research strengths through mentoring and support in relevant research clusters, to design and implement innovative teaching and learning (T&L) research projects;
  • supporting and promoting strategic initiatives in T&L through translation of T&L research into classroom teaching and practice education;
  • providing practical support for T&L grant submissions (including collaboration, pitching, readership, and access to successful grants); and
  • enhancing the public profile of SHRS T&L research through showcasing and disseminating research findings.

The Professional Education Research and Engagement Theme has representation across all disciplines within the School and includes teaching focused, teaching and research focused, clinical education staff, and research higher degree students and maintains close communication with the SHRS Teaching and Learning Committee and SHRS Clinical Education Clinical Education Sub-Committee. Current research initiatives involve close collaboration with the School of School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, within the HaBS Faculty.


The research undertaken within the Professional Education Research and Engagement Theme has a focus on directly impacting and enhancing the the quality of teaching and learning, and therefore the SHRS student experience and outcomes, at The University of Queensland. Research initiatives are closely aligned with the UQ 2016–2020 Student Strategy. Work in this theme acknowledges that ‘education’ is broader than campus-based learning and includes experiences in various settings such as clinics and schools, locally and abroad. Research focuses on the preparation for, and transitions to, these settings and experiences. Furthermore, this research theme has a strategic focus on providing practical support for staff in their development, implementation, and translation of such initiatives. The research theme actively encourages collaboration in teaching and learning research to maximise impact and provides support for local, national, and international research dissemination.

Staff overview

Chair: Tanya Rose, Senior Lecturer Speech Pathology

Deputy Chair: Roma Forbes, Lecturer Physiotherapy


Academic and Research Staff

Rebecca  Armstrong, Lecturer Speech Pathology

Tim Barlott, Associate Lecturer Occupational Therapy

Sally Bennett, Associate Professor Occupational Therapy

Robyn Choi, Casual Academic

Anna Copley, Lecturer Speech Pathology

Jodie Copley, Associate Professor Occupational Therapy

Emma Crawford - Lecturer Occupational Therapy

Elise Gane, Research Fellow Physiotherapy 

Anne Hill, Senior Lecturer Speech Pathology

Melanie Hoyle, Lecturer/PhD Candidate Occupational Therapy

Leanne Johnston, Associate Professor Physiotherapy

Fiona Lewis, Lecturer in Speech Pathology & Clinical Educator

Julie MacDonald, Associate Lecturer in Physiotherapy

Allison Mandrusiak, Senior Lecturer Physiotherapy

Shaun O'Leary, Senior Research Fellow

Freyr Patterson, Associate Lecturer Occupational Therapy

Adriana Penman, Lecturer Speech Pathology

Anna Rumbach, Senior Lecturer Speech Pathology

Jenny Setchell, Research Fellow

Michelle Smith, Senior Lecturer Physiotherapy

Liz Springfield, Lecturer Occupational Therapy

Merrill Turpin, Senior Lecturer Occupational Therapy

Bill Vicenzino, Chair of Sports Physiotherapy

Kylie Webb, Project Manager

Wayne Wilson, Head of Audiology

Alice Zuber, Associate Lecturer Occupational Therapy


Clinic Staff

Amy Fagan, Clinical Operations Manager

Karen Groves, Clinical Educator Physiotherapy

Maree Maloney, Clinical Educator Occupational Therapy

Nici McMah, Clinical Educator Speech Pathology

Teresa Quinlan, Clinic Manager / Educator Occupational Therapy

Research projects

Project Title

Funding body


Professional futures: My University Life and My Prac Life.

Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) Sub-Committee

Tanya Rose, Louise McCuaig, Jodie Copley, Amy Fagan, Anne Hill, Adriana Penman, Merrill Turpin, Liz Springfield



Work integrated learning: The potential financial benefit of using a best practice collaborative model to improve patient, student and service delivery outcomes

HaBS Faculty Economic & Health Value of Student Placements Research Grants

Emma Beckam, Roma Forbes, Peter Lewis, Allison Mandrusiak, Leander Mitchell, Marion Tower


HDR students




Project Title/Description

Manuela Besomi


Prof Paul Hodges, Prof Bill Vicenzino

Running for health: predictors of injuries that limit uptake of running to optimise health

Salma Charania


Dr  Anna Rumbach, Dr Petrea Cornwell, Dr Rebecca Nund

Living with the effects of MND: the impacts of communication disorders on the person with MND and their carers

Jenniffer Garcia


A/Prof Jodie Copley, Dr Merrill Turpin, A/Prof Sally Bennett

Improving quality of occupational therapy practice in Chile by building reasoning and research capacity of Chilean occupational therapist

Melanie Hoyle


Dr Louise Gustafsson, Dr Joy Meredith, Dr Tamara Ownsworth

The transition to home experience from stroke rehabilitation

Karen Lee-Steere


A/Prof Sally Bennett, A/Prof Allison Mudge, Dr Jacqueline Liddle

Improving the care of the older patient with or at risk of delirium in the acute care setting

Zhiqi Liang


Dr Julia Treleaven, Dr Lucy Thomas, EmPr Gwendolen Jull

Sensorimotor and somatosensory differences amongst patients with different headache forms and neck pain

Romany Martin PhD Dr Roma Forbes, Dr Allison Mandrusiak Preparing allied health students for rural and remote practice
Karime Mescouto PhD Dr Jenny Setchell, Dr Rebecca Olson, Prof Paul Hodges Using critical perspectives to enhance low back pain clinical care

Elizabeth Moir


A/Prof Jodie Copley, Dr Merrill Turpin

Exploring what assists new graduate paediatric occupational therapists in learning to make intervention decisions when working with children and families

Alis Moores


A/Prof Jodie Copley, Dr Merrill Turpin

Improving the educational practice of occupational therapists to promote the use of occupational therapy theory in practice

Anne Pearson


Dr Anne Hill, A/Prof Jodie Copley, Dr Stacie Attrill

Supporting allied health students with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds to meet expected levels of competency during clinical placement

Adriana Penman


Dr Anne Hill, A/Prof Sally Hewat A/Prof Nerina Scarinci

The use of simulation-based learning in speech pathology training programs to support students' development of clinical skills

Megan Ross


Dr Michelle Smith, Prof Bill Vicenzino, Prof Paul Hodges

Understanding the impact and progression of adult acquired flat foot disorder

Alice Zuber


A/Prof Jodie Copley, Dr Merrill Turpin

Clinical Reasoning in Paediatric Occupational Therapy

Featured publications

Name of Publication


Development and reliability testing of a patient education performance tool for physical therapy students, Journal of Physical Therapy Education, 33 (1) 64-69. (2018)

Roma Forbes, Allison Mandrusiak

A comparison of paired and single clinical placement models: A time use analysis, International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 53(3), 468-479. (2018)

Marita Bhagwat, Ronelle Hewetson, Lee Jones, Anne Hill, Jennifer Nunn, Rachel Tosh, Louise Cahill

New-graduate physical therapists’ self-efficacy to perform patient education is influenced by entry-level training experiences, Journal of Physical Therapy Education, 32(1), 46-54. (2018)

Roma Forbes, Allison Mandrusiak, Michelle Smith, Trevor Russell

Evaluation of a simulation clinic for improving occupational therapy students’ perceptions of interaction with parents and infants, British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81(1), 51-58. (2017)

Liz Springfield, Michael Honnery, Sally Bennett


Training physiotherapy students to educate patients: A randomised controlled trial. Patient Education and Counseling, 101(2), 295-303.

Roma Forbes, Allison Mandrusiak, Michelle Smith, Trevor Russell

Development of student clinics in Indigenous contexts: What works? Journal Of Clinical Practice in Speech Language Pathology, 19(1), 40-45. (2017)

Anne Hill, Alison Nelson, Jodie Copley, Teresa Quinlan, Rebekah White

Service learning in developing countries: Student outcomes including personal successes, seeing the world in new ways, and developing as health professionals, Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice, 9, 74-81. (2017)

Emma Crawford, Anne-Maree Caine, Lucy Hunter, Anne Hill, Allison Mandrusiak, Lisa Anemaat, Ruth Dunwoodie, Amy Fagan, Teresa Quinlan

Benefits of providing an acute simulated learning environment to speech pathology students: An exploratory study, Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-Disciplinary Journal, 18(3), 44-59. (2017)

Tanya Rose, Anna Copley, Nerina Scarinci

Identification of competencies for patient education in physiotherapy using a Delphi approach, Physiotherapy 104 (2) 232-238. (2017)

Roma Forbes, Allison Mandrusiak, Michelle Smith, Trevor Russell

Establishing the Validity and Reliability of the Student Practice Evaluation Form–Revised (SPEF-R) in Occupational Therapy Practice Education: A Rasch Analysis, Evaluation & the health professions, 39(1), 33-48 (2016)

Sylvia Rodger, Chi-Wen Chien, Merrill Turpin, Jodie Copley, Allison Coleman, Ted Brown, Anne-Maree Caine,


For all general current HDR student queries and enquiries related to applications contact the HDR Liaison Officer: or +61 7 3365 7123

For all enquiries related to research in the School, contact the Senior Administration Officer (Research): or +61 7 3365 2074

  • Dr Roma Forbes

    Lecturer in Physiotherapy
    School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Dr Tanya Rose

    Senior Lecturer
    School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences