Dr Ann Kennedy-Behr

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Dr Ann Kennedy-Behr


Teaching areas

  • OCC301 Enabling Occupation: The Child and Adolescent
  • OCC452 Occupational Therapy Reasoning, Research and Evaluation (Research Pathway)

Research areas

  • participation and well-being
  • play
  • children with developmental coordination disorder
  • the needs of carers of people with disabilities
  • collaborative goal setting and practice
  • cross-cultural adaptation of assessments and occupational therapy tools

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Ann joined the USC Occupational Therapy team in January 2014. Prior to that she was a lecturer and member of the research and development team at the University of Applied Sciences Tyrol in Austria.

Ann graduated as an occupational therapist from the University of South Australia in 1994 and then worked in England, the United States and Germany, gaining clinical experience in adult rehabilitation, community rehabilitation and paediatrics. Ann received her Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of South Australia in 2002 and was awarded her PhD from The University of Queensland in 2013. Ann has worked in tertiary education for eight years in several different roles including practice educator, lecturer and researcher. She has been active in developing and providing continuing professional development courses on occupational performance coaching, play and intervention for children with developmental coordination disorder.


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