Dr. Christine Imms
Christine Imms is the Apex Australia Chair of Neurodevelopment and Disability at the University of Melbourne (The Apex Chair), and a Fellow of the Occupational Therapy Australia Research Academy. The Apex Chair is a joint initiative of Apex Australia, the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne, and the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation. Based on the Melbourne Children’s Campus, this role is focused on outcomes that improve the lives of children and families when there is childhood onset disability. She also holds an Honorary Research role at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne is an Associate Member of CanChild. Christine's research, and her collaborations with CanChild, have focused on investigating and optimising the participation of children and youth with disability and their families. Her research has predominantly been in the field of paediatric cerebral palsy and includes development and investigation of outcome measures to ensure their validity and reliability for use in research and practice, and investigation of the effectiveness of specific occupational therapy interventions alone or in combination with allied interventions.
Areas of Focus
Participation – concepts, measurement, intervention; Occupational therapy intervention effects; Childhood onset disability; Lifespan perspectives