Dr Claire   O'Connor
Conjoint Lecturer

Dr Claire O'Connor

B. Sci (Med), MOT (Hons), PhD

medicine-health
Sch of Public Health & Com Med

Claire O'Connor is a research fellow at the Centre for Positive Ageing, HammondCare, a conjoint lecturer in the School of Population Health, UNSW, and is a registered occupational therapist (AHPRA). Her research focuses on people living with dementia, their families and supporters, with particular interests in non-pharmacological intervention to maximise engagement, functioning and independence, and support behaviour management. Combining her clinical training in occupational therapy and research skills, Claire is passionate about contributing to research that is meaningful to people impacted by dementia and is particularly interested in the translation and implementation of research to generate positive change.

Her PhD contributed increased knowledge around behaviour and function in frontotemporal dementia and highlighted the feasibility and acceptability of delivering non-pharmacological interventions in the community for activity engagement and behaviour management in this unique cohort. 

More recently, she was the project coordinator for the Reablement in Dementia project that led to development of the freely available Reablement Handbook, technical guide and consumer book, and was awarded Australian Association of Gerontology funding to develop an Assessment Guide for evaluating meaningful reablement outcomes for people living with dementia. All of these resources are freely available: www.hammond.com.au/reablement. She was recently awarded Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) funding to lead a project evaluating the implementation of Arts on Prescription (AoP)@Home for people living with dementia and their supporters. 

She has presented her work widely (both nationally and internationally) and in 2017 was invited as a keynote speaker at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. CI O’Connor is regularly consulted as a peer reviewer for highly esteemed international journals (e.g. Ageing & Mental Health, BMC Geriatrics, Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Impairment, Cortex) as well as prestigious international meetings (e.g. World Federation of Occupational Therapy; AAIC) and sits on the editorial board for the Australian Journal of Dementia Care. 

Phone
+61 2 8788 3948
Location
Centre for Positive Ageing HammondCare 4 Spicer Ave Hammondville, NSW, 2170

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2021
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    O’Connor CMC; Wesson JB; Clemson L, 2021, 'Active and engaged: Maintaining leisure activities in dementia', in Dementia Rehabilitation, Elsevier, pp. 97 - 110, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/b978-0-12-818685-5.00006-4
    Book Chapters |
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    O'connor CM; Mioshi E, 'Functional disability and the impact of frontotemporal dementia in everyday life', in Hodges' Frontotemporal Dementia, Cambridge University Press, pp. 211 - 228, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/cbo9781316091586.019
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    Low LF; Laver K; Lawler K; Swaffer K; Bahar-Fuchs A; Bennett S; Blair A; Burton J; Callisaya M; Cations M; MC O'Connor C; Gresham M; Lewin G; Messent P; Poulos CJ; Wesson J; Scott TL; Rees G, 2021, 'We need a model of health and aged care services that adequately supports Australians with dementia', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 214, pp. 66 - 68.e1, http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mja2.50911
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    O’Connor CMC; Mioshi E; Kaizik C; Fisher A; Hornberger M; Piguet O, 2021, 'Positive behaviour support in frontotemporal dementia: A pilot study', Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, vol. 31, pp. 507 - 530, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09602011.2019.1707099
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    Harkin DJ; O'Connor CMC; Birch MR; Poulos CJ, 2020, 'Perspectives of Australian family carers of people with dementia on the 'cottage' model of respite: Compared to traditional models of residential respite provided in aged care facilities', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 28, pp. 850 - 861, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12916
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    Bennett S; Travers C; Liddle J; Smith S; Clemson L; O'reilly M; Allen M; Laver K; Beattie E; Low LF; O'connor C; Gitlin LN, 2020, 'Acceptability and willingness to participate in the Tailored Activity Program: perceptions of people living with dementia, their care partners and health professionals', Brain Impairment, vol. 21, pp. 259 - 273, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/BrImp.2020.15
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    O’Connor CMC; Gresham M; Poulos RG; Hudson W; Jackman J; Clemson L; McGilton KS; Cameron ID; Radoslovich H; Poulos CJ, 2020, 'Translating reablement research for dementia practice: development of a handbook using implementation science', Disability and Rehabilitation, pp. 1 - 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2020.1797910
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    O'Connor CMC; Gresham M; Poulos RG; Clemson L; McGilton KS; Cameron ID; Hudson W; Radoslovich H; Jackman J; Poulos CJ, 2020, 'Understanding in the Australian aged care sector of reablement interventions for people living with dementia: A qualitative content analysis', BMC Health Services Research, vol. 20, pp. 140, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12913-020-4977-1
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    O’Connor CM; Clemson L; Brodaty H; Low LF; Jeon YH; Gitlin LN; Piguet O; Mioshi E, 2019, 'The tailored activity program (TAP) to address behavioral disturbances in frontotemporal dementia: a feasibility and pilot study', Disability and Rehabilitation, vol. 41, pp. 299 - 310, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2017.1387614
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    Yassuda MS; Lima da Silva TB; O’Connor CM; Mekala S; Alladi S; Bahia VS; Almaral-Carvalho V; Guimaraes HC; Caramelli P; Balthazar MLF; Damasceno B; Brucki SMD; Nitrini R; Hodges JR; Piguet O; Mioshi E, 2018, 'Apathy and functional disability in behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia', Neurology: Clinical Practice, vol. 8, pp. 120 - 128, http://dx.doi.org/10.1212/CPJ.0000000000000429
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    Mackenzie L; Lovarini M; Price T; Clemson L; Tan A; O’Connor C, 2018, 'An evaluation of the fall prevention practice of community-based occupational therapists working in primary care', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, vol. 81, pp. 463 - 473, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0308022618764798
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    Poulos RG; Gresham M; O'Connor CM; Poulos CJ, 2018, 'Bridging the gap: From reablement policy to practice for people with dementia', Alzheimer's and Dementia: Translational Research and Clinical Interventions, vol. 4, pp. 508 - 509, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.trci.2018.08.008
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    O'Connor CM; Landin-Romero R; Clemson L; Kaizik C; Daveson N; Hodges JR; Hsieh S; Piguet O; Mioshi E, 2017, 'Behavioral-variant frontotemporal dementia', Neurology, vol. 89, pp. 570 - 577, http://dx.doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0000000000004215
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    Kaizik C; Caga J; Camino J; O'Connor CM; McKinnon C; Oyebode JR; Piguet O; Hodges JR; Mioshi E, 2017, 'Factors Underpinning Caregiver Burden in Frontotemporal Dementia Differ in Spouses and their Children', Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, vol. 56, pp. 1109 - 1117, http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/JAD-160852
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    Clemson L; O’Connor C; Brodaty H; Jeon Y; Mioshi E; Low L; Gitlin LN, 2017, 'INTRODUCING TAP TO THE AUSTRALIAN HEALTH CONTEXT: A PILOT STUDY', Innovation in Aging, vol. 1, pp. 1332 - 1333, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igx004.4887
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    O'Connor CM; Clemson L; Hornberger M; Leyton CE; Hodges JR; Piguet O; Mioshi E, 2016, 'Longitudinal change in everyday function and behavioral symptoms in frontotemporal dementia', Neurology: Clinical Practice, vol. 6, pp. 419 - 428, http://dx.doi.org/10.1212/CPJ.0000000000000264
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    O'Connor CM; Clemson L; Flanagan E; Kaizik C; Brodaty H; Hodges JR; Piguet O; Mioshi E, 2016, 'The Relationship between Behavioural Changes, Cognitive Symptoms, and Functional Disability in Primary Progressive Aphasia: A Longitudinal Study', Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, vol. 42, pp. 215 - 226, http://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000449283
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    O'Connor CM; Clemson L; Brodaty H; Gitlin LN; Piguet O; Mioshi E, 2016, 'Enhancing caregivers understanding of dementia and tailoring activities in frontotemporal dementia: Two case studies', Disability and Rehabilitation, vol. 38, pp. 704 - 714, http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09638288.2015.1055375
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    O'Connor CM; Clemson L; Hornberger M; Leyton CE; Hodges JR; Piguet O; Mioshi E, 2016, 'O3-11-03: The Longitudinal Interplay of Behavioral Symptoms and Functional Decline in Frontotemporal Dementia', Alzheimer's & Dementia, vol. 12, pp. P314 - P314, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jalz.2016.06.569
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    Hsieh S; Leyton CE; Caga J; Flanagan E; Kaizik C; OConnor CM; Kiernan MC; Hodges JR; Piguet O; Mioshi E, 2015, 'The evolution of caregiver burden in frontotemporal dementia with and without amyotrophic lateral sclerosis', Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, vol. 49, pp. 875 - 885, http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/JAD-150475
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    O'Connor CM; Clemson L; Brodaty H; Hodges JR; Piguet O; Gitlin LN; Mioshi E, 2015, 'P4-154: The tailored activities program (TAP) for the management of frontotemporal dementia: A case study', Alzheimer's & Dementia, vol. 11, pp. P837 - P838, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jalz.2015.06.1861
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    Toit SHJD; O'Connor CM, 2015, 'Modified activities acted as a mediator to facilitate engagement and address the needs and personal preferences of people with dementia', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, vol. 62, pp. 453 - 454, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1440-1630.12246
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    O'Connor CM; Clemson L; Flanagan E; Kaizik C; Hodges JR; Piguet O; Brodaty H; Mioshi E, 2015, 'O3-10-05: Trajectories of functional decline and behavioral changes in primary progressive aphasia', Alzheimer's & Dementia, vol. 11, pp. P242 - P243, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jalz.2015.07.295
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    O'Connor CM; Ahmed S; Mioshi E, 2014, 'Functional disability in primary progressive aphasia', Aphasiology, vol. 28, pp. 1131 - 1149, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02687038.2014.910588
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    O'Connor CM; Clemson L; Brodaty H; Jeon YH; Mioshi E; Gitlin LN, 2014, 'Use of the Tailored Activities Program to reduce neuropsychiatric behaviors in dementia: An Australian protocol for a randomized trial to evaluate its effectiveness', International Psychogeriatrics, vol. 26, pp. 857 - 869, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1041610214000040
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    Mioshi E; Mckinnon C; Savage S; O'Connor CM; Hodges JR, 2013, 'improving burden and coping skills in frontotemporal dementia caregivers: A pilot study', Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders, vol. 27, pp. 84 - 86, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/WAD.0b013e31824a7f5b
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    Mckinnon C; O'Connor CC; Savage S; Hodges JR; Mioshi E, 2013, 'Qualitative results of a structured group program for carers of people with frontotemporal dementia', International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, vol. 28, pp. 216 - 218, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/gps.3813
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    O'Connor CM; Clemson L; da Silva TBL; Piguet O; Hodges JR; Mioshi E, 2013, 'Enhancement of carer skills and patient function in the non-pharmacological management of frontotemporal dementia (FTD): A call for randomised controlled studies', Dementia e Neuropsychologia, vol. 7, pp. 143 - 150, http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1980-57642013DN70200002
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    Mekala S; Alladi S; Chandrasekar K; Fathima S; O'Connor CM; Mckinnon C; Hornberger M; Piguet O; Hodges JR; Mioshi E, 2013, 'Cultural differences are reflected in variables associated with carer burden in FTD', Dementia and Neuropsychologia, vol. 7, pp. 104 - 109, http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1980-57642013DN70100016
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    Cushing N; Jang J; O Connor CM; Burrell JR; Clemson L; Hodges JR; Mioshi E, 2013, 'Disability in atypical parkinsonian syndromes is more dependent on memory dysfunction than motor symptoms', Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, vol. 19, pp. 436 - 440, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.parkreldis.2013.01.002
    Journal articles | 2011
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    O'Connor CM; Smith R; Nott MT; Lorang C; Mathews RM, 2011, 'Using video simulated presence to reduce resistance to care and increase participation of adults with dementia', American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias, vol. 26, pp. 317 - 325, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1533317511410558
  • Reports | 2019
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    O'Connor C; Poulos CJ; Gresham M; Poulos RG, 2019, Supporting independence and function in people living with dementia: a technical guide to the evidence supporting reablement interventions (2nd edition), HammondCare, Sydney, https://www.hammond.com.au/research/dementia-resources/supporting-people-living-with-dementia-through-reablement
  • Conference Papers | 2012
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    Mioshi E; Mekala S; Fathima S; O'Connor C; Piguet O; Hodges JR; Alladi S, 2012, 'Cultural differences are not reflected in levels of carer burden in frontotemporal dementia: a comparison study between India and Australia', in DEMENTIA AND GERIATRIC COGNITIVE DISORDERS, KARGER, Manchester, ENGLAND, pp. 116 - 117, presented at 8th International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias, Manchester, ENGLAND, 05 September 2012 - 07 September 2012, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000308612400170&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2012
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    O'Connor CM; Piguet O; Hodges JR; Mioshi E, 2012, 'Longitudinal Decline in Functional Ability is Not Associated with Changes in Behaviour in Frontotemporal Dementia.', in DEMENTIA AND GERIATRIC COGNITIVE DISORDERS, KARGER, Manchester, ENGLAND, pp. 206 - 207, presented at 8th International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias, Manchester, ENGLAND, 05 September 2012 - 07 September 2012, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000308612400298&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2012
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    Cushing N; Jang J; O'Connor CM; Clemson L; Hodges JR; Mioshi E, 2012, 'Disability in atypical parkinsonian syndromes: role of cognitive and behavioural changes', in DEMENTIA AND GERIATRIC COGNITIVE DISORDERS, KARGER, Manchester, ENGLAND, pp. 207 - 208, presented at 8th International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias, Manchester, ENGLAND, 05 September 2012 - 07 September 2012, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000308612400300&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2012
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    McKinnon C; O'Connor C; Hodges J; Mioshi E, 2012, 'Specific FTD carer interventions can reduce carers' perception of behaviours of concern', in DEMENTIA AND GERIATRIC COGNITIVE DISORDERS, KARGER, Manchester, ENGLAND, pp. 267 - 268, presented at 8th International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias, Manchester, ENGLAND, 05 September 2012 - 07 September 2012, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000308612400386&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2010
    Dr Claire O'Connor
    Smith R; Campbell A; Lorang C; Mathews M; O'Connor C, 2010, 'Video technology and simulated presence to assist in dementia care', in AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL ON AGEING, WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC, pp. 40 - 40, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000283159100096&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Awards

2019 – 2021 NHMRC Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration Capacity Building in Care Research Fellowship

Grants

  • ​​​​Poulos R, Cole A, Poulos C, Faux S, Nguyen TA, Kohler F, Hilvert D, Alexander T, Capell J, O’Connor C. Developing a model for rehabilitation in the home (RITH), as hospital substitution for the reconditioning rehabilitation impairment codes. Medibank Better Health Research Grant. 2021-2022
  • Poulos C, Griffin N, O’Connor C. HammondCare Darlinghurst: Quantifying the social impact of the residential aged care home for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Erica Foundation Grant. 2021-2022
  • O’Connor C, Poulos R, Poulos C, Heldon M, Beattie E. Implementing Arts on Prescription (AoP)@Home for people living with dementia and their family carers. Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) Implementing Research Evidence into Practice Grants. 2021-2022
  • O’Connor C. Maximising functioning in dementia: translating reablement research to practice. Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) Travel Grant 2020.
  • O'Connor C & Poulos CJ. Developing an assessment guide for practitioners implementing reablement programs for people living with dementia. Australian Association of Gerontology RM Gibson Research Fund 2019-2020.
  • Piguet O, Fisher A, O’Connor C. Positive Behaviour Support for individuals with frontotemporal dementia: a family education program. Charles Perkins Centre Active Ageing Research Node Seeding Grant 2018-2019.
  • Bennett et al. New Ways for Better Days: Tailoring activities for persons with dementia and their caregivers - Tailored Activity Program-Australia (TAP-Australia). NHMRC Boosting Dementia Project Grant (NHMRC APP1137749) 2018-2021 [AI on this grant]

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