Professor Christine Imms
Christine Imms (BAppSc(OT), MSc(RS), PhD) is Professor of Occupational Therapy and Co-Director of the Centre for Disability and Development Research: Diversity across the Lifespan at the Australian Catholic University. Christine holds an Honorary Research Affiliation at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne, as well as at CanCHILD Centre for Childhood Disability Research in Canada as an International Scientist.
Recent peer reviewed journal publications (past 5 years only)
Garbellini, S., Randall, M., Steele, M., Elliott, C., & Imms, C. (2019). Prescribing upper limb orthoses for children with cerebral palsy: A Q methodology study of occupational therapists&rsquo decision making. Disability and Rehabilitation, https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2019.1573931
Hoare, B., Wallen, M., Thorley, M., Jackman, M.L., Carey, L. M. & Imms, C., (2019). Constraint induced movement therapy in children with unilateral cerebral palsy (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 3, Art. No.: CD004149. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004149.pub3.
Gospodarevskaya, E., Carter, R., Imms, C., Chu, E. M. Y., Nicola-Richmond, K., Gribble, N., Froude, E., Guinea, S., & Sheppard, L. (2019, online early). Economic evaluation of simulated and traditional clinical placements in occupational therapy. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. doi: 10.1111/1440-1630.12563
Paynter, J., Luskin-Saxby, S., Keen, D., Fordyce, K., Frost, G., Imms, C., Miller, S., Trembath, D., Tucker, M., Ecker, U. (2019). Evaluation of a template for countering misinformation - Real-world Autism treatment myth debunking. PLoS ONE, 14(1), e0210746
O&rsquoConnor, B., Kerr, C., Shields, N. & Imms, C. (2019). Understanding allied health practitioners&rsquo use of evidence-based assessments with children with cerebral palsy: A mixed methods study. Disability and Rehabilitation,41(1), 53-65. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2017.1373376
McInerney, M., Reddihough, D., Carding, P., Swanton, R., Walton, C., & Imms, C. (2019). Behavioural interventions to treat drooling in children with neurodisability: A systematic review. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 61(1), 39-48. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/dmcn.14048
Morris, A., Imms, C., Kerr, C., & Adair, B. (2018). Sustained participation in community-based physical activity by adolescents with cerebral palsy: A qualitative study. Disability and Rehabilitation, DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2018.1486466
Shih, S.T.F., Tonmukayakul, U., Imms, C., Reddihough, D., Graham, H.K., Cox, L., & Carter, R. (2018). Economic evaluation and cost of interventions for cerebral palsy: A systematic review. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 60, 543-558 DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.13653
Kerr, C., Bowe, S. J., Miyazaki, K., Imms, C. and the Best Service Best Time group. (2018). Supports and Barriers to implementation of routine clinical assessment for children with cerebral palsy: A mixed methods study. Disability and Rehabilitation. 40(4) 425-434. DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2016.1258736
Chu, E. M. Y., Sheppard, L., Guinea, S., & Imms, C. (2018 online early). Placement replacement: A conceptual framework for designing simulated clinical placements in occupational therapy. Nursing and Health Science Journal. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/nhs.12551
Walmsley, C., Williams, S., Grisbrook, T., Elliott, C., Imms, C. & Campbell, A., (2018). Measurement of upper limb range of motion using wearable sensors: A systematic review. Sports Medicine, 4: 53. DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/s40798-018-0167-7
Imms, C., Chu, E., Guinea, S., Sheppard, L., Froude, E., Carter, R., Darzins, S., Ashby, S., Gilbert-Hunt, S., Gribble, N., Nicola-Richmond, K., Penman, M., Gospodarevskaya, E., Mathieu, E., & Symmons, M. (2017). Effectiveness and cost effectiveness of embedded simulation in occupational therapy clinical practice education: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. BMC Trials. 18: 345. DOI 10.1186/s13063-017-2087-0
Garbellini, S., Robert, Y., Randall, M., Elliott, C. & Imms, C. (2017). Rational for prescription, and effectiveness of, upper limb orthoses for children with cerebral palsy. Disability and Rehabilitation, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2017.1297498
King, G., Imms, C., Stewart, D., Freeman, M., Nguyen, T. (2017). A transactional framework for pediatric rehabilitation: Shifting the focus to situated contexts, transactional processes and adaptive developmental outcomes. Disability and Rehabilitation. doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2017.1309583
Kerr, C., Shields, N., Quarmby, L., Roberts, K., & Imms, C. and the Best Service Best Time group. (2016). Supports and Barriers to implementation of routine clinical assessment for children with cerebral palsy: A mixed methods study. Disability and Rehabilitation. DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2016.1258736
Shields, N., Adair, B., Froude, E., & Imms, C. (2018). Characteristics influencing the extent of participation of children in activities outside school: A cross sectional study. American Journal of Occupational Therapy,72(4), https://doi.org/ 10.5014/ajot.2018.026914
Deramore Denver, B., Adolfsson, M., Froude, E., Rosenbaum, P. & Imms, C. (2017). Methods for conceptualizing &lsquovisual ability&rsquo as a measurable construct in children with cerebral palsy. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 17: 46. DOI 10.1186/s12874-017-0316-6
Imms, C., King, G., Majnemer, A., Avery, L., Chiarello, L., Palisano, R.J., Orlin, M. & Law, M. (2016). Leisure participation-preference congruence of children with cerebral palsy in Canada and Australia: A CAPE International Network descriptive study. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 59(4), 380-387. DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.13302
Imms, C., Granlund, M., Wilson, P.H., Steenbergen, B., Rosenbaum, P., & Gordon, A. (2016). Participation - both a means and an end. A conceptual analysis of processes and outcomes in childhood disability. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 59(1), 16-25. DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.13237
Imms, C. & Adair, B. (2016). Participation trajectories: impact of school transitions on children and youth with cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 59 (2), 174-182. DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.13229
Denver, B., Froude, E., Rosenbaum, P., Wilkes-Gillan, S., & Imms, C. (2016). Measurement of visual ability in children with cerebral palsy: A systematic review. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. DOI 10.1111/dmcn.13139
Imms, C., Wallen, M., Elliott, C., Hoare, B., Randall, M., Greaves, S., Adair, B., Bradshaw, E., Orsini, F., Shih, S.T.F., &Reddihough, D. (2016). Minimising impairment: Protocol for a multicenter randomized controlled trial of upper limb orthoses for children with cerebral palsy. BMC Pediatrics, 16:70. DOI 10.1186/s12887-016-0608-8.
Imms, C., Froude, E., Adair, B., Shields, N. (2016). A descriptive study of the participation of children and adolescents in activities outside school. BMC Pediatrics. 16:84 DOI 10.1186/s12887-016-0623-9
Darzins, S., Imms, C., Di Stefano, M., Radia-George, C. (2016). Personal Care-Participation Assessment and Resource Tool: Clinical utility for inpatient rehabilitation, Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, DOI: 10.1177/0008417416648446
Darzins, S., Imms, C., Di Stefano, M. (2016). Measurement of activity limitations and participation restrictions: Examination of ICF-linked content and scale properties of the PC-PART and FIMTM instruments, Disability & Rehabilitation, DOI:10.3109/09638288.2016.1172670
Woodmansee, C., Hahne, A., Imms, C., & Sheilds, N. (2016). Comparing participation in physical recreation activities between children with disability and children with typical development: A secondary analysis. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 49-50, 268-276.
Imms, C. Adair, B., Keen, D., Ullenhag, A., Rosenbaum, P. & Granlund, M. (2016). 'Participation': A systematic review of language, definitions and constructs used in intervention research with children with disabilities. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 58(1), 29-38. DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.12932
Imms, C. Mathews, S., Nicola-Richmond, K., Law, M. & Ullenhag, A. (2016). Optimising leisure participation: A pilot intervention study for adolescents with physical impairments. Disability & Rehabilitation, 38 (10), 963-971. DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2015.1068876
Darzins, S., Imms, C., Shields, N., Taylor, N.F. (2015). Responsiveness, construct and criterion validity of the Personal Care-Participation Assessment and Resource Tool (PC-PART), BMC Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 13:125. DOI: 10.1186/s12955-015-0322-5.
O'Connor, B., Kerr, C., Shields, N. & Imms, C. (2016). A systematic review of evidence-based assessment practices by allied health practitioners for children with cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 58(4), 332-347. DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.12973
Adair, B., Ullenhag, A. Keen, D. Granlund, M. & Imms, C. (2015). The effect of interventions aimed at improving participation outcomes for children with impairments: A systematic review. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 57 (12), 1093-1104.  DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.12932
Davey, H. Imms, C. Fossey, E. (2015). Our child's significant disability shapes our lives: Experiences of family social participation. Disability and Rehabilitation,37(24), 2264-2271. DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1019013.
Imms,C.,Novak,I., Kerr,C., Shields, N., Randall, M., Harvey, A., Graham, H.K., Reddihough, D. (2015) Improving Allied Health Professionals research implementation behaviours for children with cerebral palsy: Protocol for a before and after study. Implementation Science, 10(1), 16. DOI 10.1186/s13012-014-0202-0.
Imms, C. Wallen, M., & Laver K. (2015). Robot assisted upper limb therapy combined with upper limb rehabilitation was at least as effective on a range of outcomes and cost less to deliver, as an equal dose of upper limb rehabilitation alone for people with stroke. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 62(1), 74-76.
Law, M., Anaby, D., Imms, C., Teplicky, R. & Turner, L. (2015). Improving the participation of youth with physical disability in community activities: An interrupted time series design. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 62(2), 105-115.  DOI: 10.1111/1440-1630.12177
Professor Christine Imms' research is focused on investigating and optimising the participation of disabled children and youth.  Her research is predominantly in the field of 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. Christine is the co-founding director of the Centre for Disability and Development Research: Diversity across the Lifespan (CeDDR). CeDDR is focused on collaborative research that aims to minimise impairment, maximise activity performance and optimise participation outcomes of people with childhood onset disability.
Registered Occupational Therapist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority (AHPRA)
Occupational Therapy Australia Limited (OTAL)
Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AusACPDM) President
American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM)
European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD)
Page last updated: 2018-01-22
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