Dr Claire O'Connor
Senior Research Fellow

Dr Claire O'Connor

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

Science
School of Psychology

Claire is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Psychology, UNSW, Senior Research Fellow (Honorary) with NeuRA, and Honorary Research Associate with HammondCare. She is also a registered occupational therapist (AHPRA). Claire holds a PhD in dementia (University of Sydney) that investigated behaviour and function in people living with frontotemporal dementia, and involved piloting an activity-based occupational therapy intervention with this unique cohort. She is currently undertaking a Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) post doctoral fellowship to understand how to bridge the implementation gap to maximise everyday functioning for people living with dementia. Combining her clinical training in occupational therapy and research skills, Claire is passionate about contributing to research that is meaningful to ageing populations and people impacted by dementia.

Claire's 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 Research Trust 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. 

Claire 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. She 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
  • Book Chapters | 2021
    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 |
    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 | 2022
    Fisher AC; Cheung SC; O'Connor CMC; Piguet O, 2022, 'The Acceptability and Usefulness of Positive Behaviour Support Education for Family Carers of People With Frontotemporal Dementia: A Pilot Study.', J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol, pp. 8919887221090214, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/08919887221090214
    Journal articles | 2022
    O’Connor CMC; Gresham M; Poulos RG; Hudson W; Jackman J; Clemson L; McGilton KS; Cameron ID; Radoslovich H; Poulos CJ, 2022, 'Translating reablement research for dementia practice: development of a handbook using implementation science', Disability and Rehabilitation, vol. 44, pp. 1524 - 1536, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2020.1797910
    Journal articles | 2021
    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
    O’Connor CMC; Fisher A; Cheung SC; Caga J; Piguet O, 2021, 'Supporting behaviour change in younger-onset dementia: mapping the needs of family carers in the community', Aging and Mental Health, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2021.1966744
    Journal articles | 2021
    O’Connor CMC; Liddle J; O’Reilly M; Meyer C; Cartwright J; Chisholm M; Conway E; Fielding E; Fox A; MacAndrew M; Schnitker L; Travers C; Watson K; While C; Bail K, 2021, 'Advocating the rights of people with dementia to contribute to research: Considerations for researchers and ethics committees', Australasian Journal on Ageing, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.13023
    Journal articles | 2021
    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 | 2021
    O’Connor CMC; Rowlands A; Poulos CJ, 2021, 'Development of an assessment guide to evaluate meaningful outcomes for people living with dementia who are engaged in reablement programs', Disability and Rehabilitation, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2021.1960437
    Journal articles | 2021
    Poulos R; Harkin D; Beattie E; Cunningham C; O'Connor C; Poulos C, 2021, 'Arts on Prescription @ Home: Home-delivered Participatory Art Pilot to Support Wellbeing in Dementia Carer and Care Recipient Dyads', The Journal of Aging and Social Change, vol. 11, pp. 33 - 49, http://dx.doi.org/10.18848/2576-5310/cgp/v11i02/33-49
    Journal articles | 2020
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 | 2018
    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 | 2017
    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 | 2017
    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
    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 | 2016
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 | 2015
    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 | 2014
    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
    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
    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 | 2013
    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
    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
    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
    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 | 2011
    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
    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
    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
    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. 21 - 21, 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:000308612400031&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2012
    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 | 2012
    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
    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 | 2010
    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

  • Jeon YH, Beattie E, Hill K, Mowszowski L, Togher L, Comans T, Poulos C, O’Connor C, Allman-Farinellil M. Optimising functional and social independence and safety of older people living with dementia in care homes: Implementation research. NHMRC Partnership Project (APP 2014821). 2022-27. [Role: CI]
  • O’Connor C, Anstey K, Poulos C, Kurrle S. Bridging the implementation gap: maximising everyday function for people with dementia. Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) Post-doctoral Fellowship. 2022-26. [Role: PI]
  • Fisher A, Cheung SC, O’Connor C, Piguet P. Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) for individuals with frontotemporal dementia: increasing service and family capacity through a mentoring and training model. Association for Frontotemporal Dementia Pilot Grant. 2022-23. [Role: AI]
  • Cheung SC, Fisher A, O’Connor C, Piguet P. Supporting changed behaviours: Positive Behaviour Support in younger-onset dementia. Dementia Australia Research Foundation Dementia Grants Program. 2022-24. [Role: AI]
  • 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. 2021-22.  [Role: CI]
  • 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. 2021-22. [Role: CI]
  • 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. 2021-22. [Role: PI]
  • O’Connor C. Maximising functioning in dementia: translating reablement research to practice. Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) Travel Grant 2020. [Role: PI]
  • O'Connor C, Poulos C. Developing an assessment guide for practitioners implementing reablement programs for people living with dementia. Australian Association of Gerontology RM Gibson Research Fund 2019-20. [Role: PI]
  • 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 2018-19. [Role: AI]
  • 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) 2018-21 [Role: AI]

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

Claire's current research activities include projects such as:

  • Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) Post-doctoral Fellowship: Bridging the implementation gap: maximising everyday functioning for people with dementia (Role: PI) 2022-2026
  • Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) Implementing Research Evidence into Practice Grant: Implementing Arts on Prescription (AoP)@Home for people living with dementia and their family carers (Role: PI) 2020-2022
  • NHMRC Partnership Project (APP 2014821): Optimising functional and social independence and safety of older people living with dementia in care homes: Implementation research (Role: CI) 2022-2027
  • Association for Frontotemporal Dementia Pilot Grant: Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) for individuals with frontotemporal dementia: increasing service and family capacity through a mentoring and training mode (Role: AI) 2022-2023
  • Dementia Australia Research Foundation Dementia Grants Program: Supporting changed behaviours: Positive Behaviour Support in younger-onset dementia (Role: AI) 2022-2024

She also maintains collaborations with broader research teams, for example, is a member of the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research Special Interest Group in Rehabilitation and Dementia, the StepUp for Dementia Research: Research Involvement Panel, and was recently an invited contributor to a Package of Rehabilitation Interventions for the WHO 2020-21 and for the WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) dementia module guideline 2021-22.

In the media:

O'Connor & Low (August 2016): 'Answering the same questions over and over: how to talk to people with dementia’ on The Conversation: http://theconversation.com/answering-the-same-questions-over-and-over-how-to-talk-to-people-with-dementia-61805

O'Connor (July 2016): How to best manage the behavioural changes in frontotemporal dementia on the NeuRA Blog: https://blog.neura.edu.au/2016/07/behavioural-changes-ftd/

 

Membership:

2020 – present, UNSW Ageing Futures Institute

2019 – present, Australian Association of Gerontology

2019 – present, Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC)

2019 – present, NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR) membership network

2017 – 2018, Occupational Therapy Australia

2015 –2018, International Society for Frontotemporal Dementias (ISFTD)

2015 – 2018, International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment (ISTAART)

2012 – present, Registered with Occupational Therapy Board of Australia, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)