Professor Susan Ryan

Conjoint Professor

School of Health Sciences (Occupational Therapy)

Career Summary

Biography

Research Expertise
Over a period of 17 years (1995) I have extensive experience in supervising and examining numerous qualitative research methologies at all levels of study but particularly RHDs in both national and international arenas. In recognition of this examining work, in 2010, I was awarded an Honorary Adjunct Professorship at Charles Sturt University, Sydney, Australia. This was in association with The Centre of Professional Education. During this period outlined above I have worked as an academic in three universities in England, Ireland and now Australia. Added to this profile I have studied in the USA at Columbia University, New York. While working in London, England I often led workshops in many European countries paticularly in Belgium, Sweden and Finland. I have therefore an elaborate network of international colleagues who work with me at different times and in different projects - researching, writing textbooks and book chapters. One of my specialties over the last two decades has been the study and research in clinical reasoning in inter-disciplinary groups at Master's level and Doctoral level.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of East London
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Cumberland College of Health Sciences
  • Master of Science, Columbia University - New York - USA

Keywords

  • Competences
  • Competencies
  • Generation Y
  • Narratives
  • Occupation
  • Occupational science
  • Occupational theory
  • Occupational therapy
  • Practice educaiton
  • Practice education
  • Qualitative research
  • Rural & Remote practice

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified 50
130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified 50
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


(131 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Haracz K, McKay E, Mahon D, Donellan G, Sheldon S, Ryan S, 'Participation and inclusion. Mental health service users' live experience - an international study.', Participation in health and welfare services. Professional concepts and lived experience., Routledge, Oxford 209-225 (2017)
Co-authors Kirsti Haracz
2017 Ashby S, Gray M, Ryan S, James C, 'An exploratory study into the application of psychological theories and therapies in Australian mental health occupational therapy practice: Challenges to occupation-based practice', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 64 24-32 (2017) [C1]

© 2016 Occupational Therapy Australia Background: While legitimate practice tools have been the subject of debate within the profession, little attention has been paid to psychol... [more]

© 2016 Occupational Therapy Australia Background: While legitimate practice tools have been the subject of debate within the profession, little attention has been paid to psychological frames of reference (PFsOR). Hence, this article explores the ways psychological theories and therapies shape occupation-based practice in mental health settings. Methodology: Narrative inquiry methods and thematic analysis were used to explore the career stories of nine occupational therapists who had worked in mental health practice for more than five years. Findings: Respondents found it difficult to hold onto their occupational focus in the psychology-dominated world of mental health practice. The main themes to emerge were (i) tension between occupation and psychology; (ii) overwhelming pressures to adopt PFsOR; (iii) resistance to PFsOR; and (iv) using PFsOR to enhance professional repertoires. Findings pointed to the need to ensure PFsOR include occupational considerations for occupation-based practice in mental health. Conclusion: A occupation-based perspective means balancing PFsOR with occupation-based considerations, so service-user issues are holistically addressed. There is a need to critically review occupational therapists' use of PFsOR lest their most visible practical actions appear psychologically based rather than occupation based.

DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12302
Co-authors Samantha Ashby, Carole James, Mel Gray
2016 Hills C, Ryan S, Smith DR, Warren-Forward H, Levett-Jones T, Lapkin S, 'Occupational therapy students¿ technological skills: Are¿¿generation Y¿ ready for 21st century practice?', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 63 391-398 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 Occupational Therapy Australia Background/aim: Technology is becoming increasingly integral to the practice of occupational therapists and part of the everyday lives of cl... [more]

© 2016 Occupational Therapy Australia Background/aim: Technology is becoming increasingly integral to the practice of occupational therapists and part of the everyday lives of clients. ¿Generation Y¿ are purported to be naturally technologically skilled as they have grown up in the digital age. The aim of this study was to explore one cohort of ¿Generation Y¿ occupational therapy students¿ skills and confidence in the use of technologies relevant to contemporary practice. Methods: A cross-sectional survey design was used to collect data from a cohort of 274 students enrolled in an Australian undergraduate occupational therapy programme. Results: A total of 173 (63%) students returned the survey. Those born prior to 1982 were removed from the data. This left 155 (56%) ¿Generation Y¿ participants. Not all participants reported to be skilled in everyday technologies although most reported to be skilled in word, Internet and mobile technologies. Many reported a lack of skills in Web 2.0 (collaboration and sharing) technologies, creating and using media and gaming, as well as a lack of confidence in technologies relevant to practice, including assistive technology, specialist devices, specialist software and gaming. Conclusions: Overall, the results suggested that this group of ¿Generation Y¿ students were not universally skilled in all areas of technology relevant to practice but appear to be skilled in technologies they use regularly. Recommendations are therefore made with view to integrating social networking, gaming, media sharing and assistive technology into undergraduate programmes to ensure that graduates have the requisite skills and confidence required for current and future practice.

DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12308
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Caroline Hills, Helen Warren-Forward, Tracy Levett-Jones
2015 Ashby S, Gray M, Ryan S, James C, 'Maintaining occupation-based practice in Australian mental health practice: A critical stance', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78 431-439 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0308022614564168
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Carole James, Mel Gray, Samantha Ashby
2015 Hills C, Jones LT, Forward WH, Ryan S, 'A review of the literature on 'Generation Y'', BRITISH JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Helen Warren-Forward, Tracy Levett-Jones, Caroline Hills
2014 Ashby SE, Ryan S, James C, 'The influence of psychological theories on occupation-based practices in mental health - A socio-ecological analysis', 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Abstracts (2014)
Co-authors Samantha Ashby, Carole James
2014 Ashby SE, Ryan S, James C, 'Prioritising Professional Resilience In Mental Health Practice - Introducing the PRIOrity Model', 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Abstracts (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Samantha Ashby, Carole James
2013 Ryan S, 'The Importance of Professional Thinking and Reasoning in Occupation Analysis', Occupation Analysis in Practice 297-311 (2013)
DOI 10.1002/9781118786604.ch20
2013 Ashby SE, Ryan S, Gray M, James C, 'Factors that influence the professional resilience of occupational therapists in mental health practice', AUSTRALIAN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY JOURNAL, 60 110-119 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12012
Citations Scopus - 18Web of Science - 19
Co-authors Samantha Ashby, Carole James, Mel Gray
2013 Fortune T, Ryan S, Adamson L, 'Transition to practice in supercomplex environments: Are occupational therapy graduates adequately prepared?', AUSTRALIAN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY JOURNAL, 60 217-220 (2013) [C3]
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12010
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9
2013 Hills C, Ryan S, Warren-Forward H, Smith DR, 'Managing "Generation Y' occupational therapists: Optimising their potential', AUSTRALIAN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY JOURNAL, 60 267-275 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12043
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Helen Warren-Forward, Caroline Hills
2013 Haracz K, Ryan S, Hazelton M, James C, 'Occupational therapy and obesity: An integrative literature review', AUSTRALIAN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY JOURNAL, 60 356-365 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12063
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Michael Hazelton, Kirsti Haracz, Carole James
2013 James C, Haracz K, Hazelton M, Ryan S, 'Addressing a global epidemic: a review of the evidence for occupational therapy practice in managing the causes and consequences of obesity', Special Issue: Occupational Therapy Australia (2013) [E3]
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12060
Co-authors Carole James, Kirsti Haracz, Michael Hazelton
2013 James C, Ashby S, Ryan S, Agillias K, 'Developing and Maintaining the professional resilience of occupational therapists in mental health practice', Special Issue: Occupational Therapy Australia (2013) [E3]
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12060
Co-authors Kylie Agllias, Samantha Ashby, Carole James
2013 James C, Haracz K, Hazelton M, Ryan S, '¿Doing as much as I can¿: Experiences of Living with the ¿Double Whammy¿ of Schizophrenia and obesity: Implications for Occupational Therapy Practice', Special Issue: Occupational Therapy Australia (2013) [E3]
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12060
Co-authors Carole James, Michael Hazelton, Kirsti Haracz
2013 Ryan S, Studdert CL, Sijpkes P, Hills C, Nguyen K, 'Creating student-focussed, web-learning resources to support the development of and provide evidence of occupational therapy students' graduating competencies', Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching, 88 (2013) [R1]
Co-authors Caroline Hills
2012 Ryan SE, Hills CM, 'Context and how it influences our professional thinking', Clinical Reasoning in Occupational Therapy: Controversies in Practice, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford 63-76 (2012) [B2]
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Caroline Hills
2012 Hills CM, Ryan SE, Smith DR, Warren-Forward H, 'The impact of Generation Y' occupational therapy students on practice education', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 59 156-163 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 15
Co-authors Helen Warren-Forward, Caroline Hills
2012 Smith DR, Hills CM, Ryan SE, 'Tobacco use among occupational therapy students', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75 349 (2012) [C3]
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Caroline Hills
2012 Ryan SE, Hills CM, Nguyen K, Studdert CL, 'Evidencing graduating competency: Student and practice educator views on resources required while on placement', Abstracts. 9th COTEC Congress of Occupational Therapy (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Caroline Hills
2012 Ryan SE, Hills CM, Nguyen K, Studdert CL, 'Researching learners' needs for modifying a curriculum', Abstracts. 9th COTEC Congress of Occupational Therapy (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Caroline Hills
2012 Ryan SE, Studdert CL, Nguyen K, Hills CM, 'Understanding professional reasoning in the continuum of practice', Abstracts. 9th COTEC Congress of Occupational Therapy (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Caroline Hills
2012 Ryan SE, Plummer J, Mohamed I, Watts K, Ebeling M, Finch R, 'Kick the ball - Break the wall: An occupational program', Abstracts. 9th COTEC Congress of Occupational Therapy (2012) [E3]
2012 Ryan SE, Studdert CL, Hills CM, Nguyen K, 'Investigating and developing an occupational therapy student-focused website to progress and evidence competency', Abstracts. 9th COTEC Congress of Occupational Therapy (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Caroline Hills
2012 Ashby SE, Gray MM, Ryan SE, 'Professional resilience for occupational therapists in psycho-social practice', Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy Conference (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Samantha Ashby, Mel Gray
2012 Hills CM, Ryan SE, Nguyen K, Studdert CL, 'Development of a web based framework to evidence graduating competency for Australian Occupational Therapy students', Conference Abstracts. 2012 OT State Conference (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Caroline Hills
2012 Hills CM, Ryan SE, Studdert CL, Nguyen K, 'Evidencing graduating competency in occupational therapy: Resources and thresholds to evidence competence', Threshold Concepts. From Personal Practice to Communities of Practice (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Caroline Hills
2012 Studdert CL, Ryan SE, Hills CM, Nguyen K, 'Creating an occupational therapy student-centred website and e-portfolio using a threshold level framework to evidence competence and professional development', Threshold Concepts: From Personal Practice to Communities of Practice (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Caroline Hills
2012 Studdert CL, Ryan SE, Hills CM, Nguyen K, 'Creating an occupational therapy student-centred website to support and evidence competency development', British Journal of Occupational Therapy (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Caroline Hills
2012 Smith AE, Ryan SE, 'Duality of work and study: experiences of 'Generation Y' occupational therapy students', British Journal of Occupational Therapy (2012) [E3]
2012 Ryan SE, Hills CM, Studdert CL, Nguyen K, 'The challenge of combining competencies and holistic practice in a web-portal', British Journal of Occupational Therapy (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Caroline Hills
2012 Nguyen K, Studdert CL, Ryan SE, Hills CM, 'Converting graduating competencies into a holistic practice framework for occupational therapy students', ANZAHPE 2012. Conference Proceedings & Programme (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Caroline Hills
2011 Ryan SE, 'The importance of professional thinking and reasoning in occupation analysis', Occupation Analysis in Practice, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, West Sussex 299-311 (2011) [B2]
2011 Hills CM, Ryan SE, 'Practice educators' views of 'generation Y' students from Australia', The British Journal of Occupational Therapy: 2011 Conference Abstract Supplement (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Caroline Hills
2011 Ryan SE, Hills CM, Buxton AJ, 'Redesigning learning sessions and assignments for 'Generation Y' students', The British Journal of Occupational Therapy: 2011 Conference Abstract Supplement (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Caroline Hills
2011 Ryan SE, Hills CM, Buxton AJ, Smith DR, 'Generation 'Y' research: Informing & changing educational practices', Proceedings of the 24th Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Caroline Hills
2011 Ryan SE, Hills CM, Buxton AJ, 'Generation 'Y' students on practice: Practice educators' views', Proceedings of the 24th Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Caroline Hills
2011 Ryan SE, Hills CM, Buxton AJ, 'Generation 'Y's in peer-assisted learning: Developing creative thinking', Proceedings of the 24th Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Caroline Hills
2010 Ryan SE, Paterson M, 'Trends in health professional education: Changing student populations', Innovations in Allied Health Fieldwork Education: A Critical Appraisal, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam 17-28 (2010) [B1]
2010 Haracz K, Hazelton MJ, Ryan SE, 'Women with schizophrenia: Enabling engagement in occupations to manage their weight', British Journal of Occupational Therapy (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Michael Hazelton, Kirsti Haracz
2010 Ryan SE, Hills CM, 'As complex as a rubrik cube: Generation 'Y' as occupational therapy students in Australia', 15th World Federation of Occupational Therapists Conference (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Caroline Hills
2010 Ryan SE, Hills CM, 'Work, study or play? The balance of life phenomenon', College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference 2010 (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Caroline Hills
2010 Ryan SE, Hills CM, 'The 'Generation Y' phenomenon: professional lessons learnt and global implications', College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference 2010 (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Caroline Hills
2009 Cordingley K, Ryan SE, 'Occupational therapy risk assessment in forensic mental health practice: An exploration', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72 531-538 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.4276/030802209x12601857794736
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 5
2009 Ryan SE, Hills CM, McMullen-Roach S, 'Creating professional identity: Initiating and participating with Gen 'Y' occupational therapy students', Inaugural Conference for OT Australia NSW-ACT 2009: Conference Abstract Handbook (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Caroline Hills
2009 Ryan SE, Kentish LM, 'Engaging generation 'Y' students through curricula and extra-curricula activities: Developing transferable abilities', ANZAME09 Handbook (2009) [E3]
2009 Haracz K, Ryan SE, Judge JD, 'A woman's world: The experience of male occupational therapy students', National Men's Health Gathering 2009: Program and Abstracts (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Kirsti Haracz
2008 Denshire S, Ryan S, 'Using Autobiographical Narrative and Reflection to Link Personal and Professional Domains', Professional Practice in Health, Education and the Creative Arts 147-160 (2008)
DOI 10.1002/9780470690659.ch12
2008 Ryan SE, Higgs J, 'Teaching and Learning Clinical Reasoning', Clinical Reasoning for the Health Professions, Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 379-387 (2008) [B1]
2008 Verdonck MC, Ryan SE, 'Mainstream technology as an occupational therapy tool: Technophobe or technogeek?', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71 253-256 (2008) [C2]
Citations Scopus - 17
2008 Ryan SE, Crausaz J, 'Professional doctorates: Situating learning and research in workplace settings as a collaborative partnership', Leadership and Practice Development in Health Conference: Program (2008) [E3]
2008 Ryan SE, 'Task-based learning for occupational therapists: Integrating disparate epistemologies', OT Australia 23rd National Conference & Exhibition 2008 Program (2008) [E3]
2008 Jones C, Ryan SE, 'The value of using an electronic bidet', Proceedings from the ARATA 2008 National Conference (2008) [E2]
2007 Ryan SE, 'A Clinical Reasoning Tool for enhancing practice:The Advanced Clinical Reasoning Proforma', AOTI National Conference (2007) [E3]
2007 Hunt E, Ryan SE, Perry I, 'Time Use, Participation In Daily Occupations And Well-Being Of Adolescents In Contemporary Ireland', International Association of Time Use Researchers XXV1111 Conference (2007) [E3]
2006 Ryan S, Ferguson DL, 'On, yet under, the radar: Students with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder', Exceptional Children, 72 363-379 (2006)

This 3-year qualitative study investigated the diagnostic process and the experiences of professionals and families associated with 5 Alaskan students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum ... [more]

This 3-year qualitative study investigated the diagnostic process and the experiences of professionals and families associated with 5 Alaskan students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The data revealed (a) an increase in public awareness, but limited provision of services for children with FASD and their families; (b) the use of differentiated instruction by experienced teachers, but beginning teachers who experienced frustration and were less likely to adapt instruction; and (c) the pervasive impact of challenging behaviors, but the limited support provided to families. The results offer insights into FASD and suggest implications for coordinated educational services and family supports. © 2006 Council for Exceptional Children.

Citations Scopus - 29
2006 Ryan SE, Hunt E, 'Learning about occupation: An innovative educational method', International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation, 13 394-394 (2006) [C3]
2006 Ryan SE, 'Re-visiting OCCUPATION - Making Practice Occupational', Association of Occupational Therapists Ireland Annual Conference (2006) [E1]
2006 Ryan SE, 'Local and global impacts on educating occupational Therapists. From paper to practice:using the global WFOT educational standards locally in Ireland', World Federation of Occupational Therapists, 14th international Congress. OTs in Action (2006) [E3]
2006 Ryan SE, 'International Expert Panel: Education: Reflection and Reasoning', World Federation of Occupational Therapists, 14th international Congress. OTs in Action: Local and Global (2006) [E3]
2005 Ryan SE, 'The challenging learning situation', Transforming Practice through Clinical Education, Professional Supervision and Mentoring, Elsevier, Oxford, England 163-174 (2005) [B1]
2005 Legarth KH, Ryan S, Avlund K, 'The most important activity and the reasons for that experience reported by a Danish population at age 75 years', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68 501-508 (2005)

The aim of the study was to describe the activities that 75-year-old men and women indicate as most important and to reveal why they find them important. The data were derived fro... [more]

The aim of the study was to describe the activities that 75-year-old men and women indicate as most important and to reveal why they find them important. The data were derived from a cross-sectional study of 748 Danish 75-year-old men and women, born in 1914. The people were interviewed at home by means of a questionnaire. The most important activity was revealed by an open-ended question: what is your most important activity? The answers were classified into three qualities: type, site and social relations. The participants were asked if the activity was important because it gave enjoyment, self-confidence, challenges, company, cooperation, usefulness, new skills and/or new experiences. A majority of the participants reported physical and individual activities as the most important and the reasons given by most participants for stating their activity as most important were work enjoyment and usefulness. It was concluded that attention should be paid to older people's possibilities for having important activities.

Citations Scopus - 10
2005 Ryan SE, 'Narrative - A Means to Reform Occupational Therapy Practice', Annual Conference of the Association of Occupational Therapists Ireland (2005) [E1]
2005 Ryan SE, '"Being Proactive" - Anticipating Reforms and Responding', Annual Conference of the Association of Occupational Therapists Ireland (2005) [E1]
2005 Ryan SE, 'Providing activities and tasks to enhance the occupational performance of undergraduate students', The Annual COT Conference (2005) [E3]
2005 Ryan SE, 'Using the power of narratives to illustrate the occupational dilemmas of students', The Annual COT Conference, Activity ¿ Participation ¿ Occupation (2005) [E3]
2004 Salminen A-L, Petrie H, Ryan SE, 'Impact of computer augmented communication on the daily lives of speech-impaired children. Part I: Daily communication and activities', Technology and Disability, 16 157-167 (2004) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 14
2004 Salminen A-L, Ryan SE, Petrie H, 'Impact of computer augmented communication on the daily lives of speech-impaired children. Part II: Services to support computer augmented communication', Technology and Disability, 16 169-177 (2004) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 6
2004 Ryan SE, 'Using task-based learning [TBL] to transform the undergraduate occupational therapy student population in Cork - Ireland', The Annual Conference of New South Wales (2004) [E1]
2004 Ryan SE, 'Accessing occupational practice: A re-alignment of Thinking', The Annual Conference ¿Access all Ages¿ of the Association of Occupational Therapists Ireland [AOTI] (2004) [E3]
2004 Ryan SE, Hogan G, O¿Connell C, 'Occupational Justice: Accessing a New Concept', The Annual Conference ¿Access all Ages¿ of the Association of Occupational Therapists Ireland [AOTI] (2004) [E3]
2004 Ryan SE, Gantly T, 'Accessing an Occupational Life', The Annual Conference ¿Access all Ages¿ of the Association of Occupational Therapists Ireland [AOTI] (2004) [E3]
2004 Ryan SE, Hunt E, 'Accessing knowledge from life experience in the School Leaver Population: Task-Based Learning', The Annual Conference ¿Access all Ages¿ of the Association of Occupational Therapists Ireland [AOTI] (2004) [E3]
2004 Ryan SE, McKay E, Gallagher M, 'Accessing new ways of learning in practice', The Annual Conference ¿Access all Ages¿ of the Association of Occupational Therapists Ireland [AOTI] (2004) [E3]
2003 Brown G, Esdaile SA, Ryan SE, Epilogue (2003)
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-7506-5441-8.50019-1
2003 Brown G, Esdaile SA, Ryan SE, Preface (2003)
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-7506-5441-8.50004-X
2003 Brown G, Esdaile SA, Ryan SE, Becoming an Advanced Healthcare Practitioner, Butterworth-Heinemann, Edinburgh, Scotland, 313 (2003) [A1]
Citations Scopus - 11
2003 Brown G, Ryan SE, 'Enhancing reflective abilities: Interweaving reflection into practice', Becoming an Advanced Healthcare Practitioner, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, England 118-144 (2003) [B1]
Citations Scopus - 6
2003 McKay E, Ryan SE, Sumsion T, 'Three journeys towards reflexivity', Reflexivity: A Practical Guide for Researchers in Health and Social Sciences, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, England 52-65 (2003) [B1]
Citations Scopus - 2
2003 Ryan SE, Esdaile SA, Brow G, 'Appreciating the big picture: you are part of it! The socio-political influences on health practice in the public and private sphere', Becoming an Advanced Healthcare Practitioner, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, England 1-29 (2003) [B1]
2003 Villa RA, Van Tac L, Muc PM, Ryan S, Thuy NTM, Weill C, Thousand JS, 'Inclusion in Viet Nam: More Than a Decade of Implementation', Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 28 23-32 (2003)

This article traces the evolution of special education policies and services and the introduction of inclusive education as a service delivery model in Viet Nam. The impact of a s... [more]

This article traces the evolution of special education policies and services and the introduction of inclusive education as a service delivery model in Viet Nam. The impact of a series of inclusion initiation projects and resultant goals of the Ministry of Education and Training to expand inclusive education nationally are described along with the existing barriers to change and a proposed systems change model for facilitating the ongoing expansion of inclusive education throughout the country. © 2003, TASH. All rights reserved.

DOI 10.2511/rpsd.28.1.23
Citations Scopus - 20
2003 Ryan SE, 'Leading the leaders: Enhancing Reflective Abilities to Strengthen Professional Activity', Australian National Conference and Exhibition, 2003 (2003) [E3]
2003 Ryan SE, 'Designing your occupational life: mapping your career progression', The Annual College of Occupational Therapy Conference (2003) [E3]
2002 Berry J, Ryan S, 'Frames of reference: Their use in paediatric occupational therapy', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65 420-427 (2002)

The aim of this study was to explore how paediatric occupational therapists provide intervention for children with cerebral palsy in the United Kingdom. A survey design was used w... [more]

The aim of this study was to explore how paediatric occupational therapists provide intervention for children with cerebral palsy in the United Kingdom. A survey design was used with a sample of 120 paediatric occupational therapists. The results of this study were representational of practice among members of the National Association of Paediatric Occupational Therapists. It was found that 91.7% of occupational therapists in this study used an eclectic treatment approach. Treatment was usually provided on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration the individual needs of the child, and family-centred functional therapy was valued. Postgraduate training in the areas of neurodevelopmental treatment and sensory integration is recommended in a continuing capacity if therapists choose to use these frames of reference to guide treatment for children with cerebral palsy.

Citations Scopus - 14
2002 Ryan SE, Fitzpatrick N, 'Becoming a Research Department: Using Clinical Reasoning to Effect Change', The Annual College of Occupational Therapy Conference (2002) [E3]
2002 Ryan SE, McKay E, Sumsion T, 'Journeys Towards Reflexivity: Issues and dilemmas', World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Conference (2002) [E3]
2001 Ryan S, 'Breaking moulds - Shifting thinking', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64 525 (2001)
Citations Scopus - 1
2001 Ryan S, Wallstrom T, 'Program evaluation and implications of a rural early intervention associate preparation program', Infant-Toddler Intervention, 11 27-47 (2001)

The Specialized Training of Associates in Rural Alaska (STARS) project provided preparation to early intervention associates who lived in rural Alaska and provided services to inf... [more]

The Specialized Training of Associates in Rural Alaska (STARS) project provided preparation to early intervention associates who lived in rural Alaska and provided services to infants and toddlers who experience disabilities and their families. Distance-delivered modules, videotapes, audioconferences, and other methods and materials were utilized to support the development of skills and knowledge of associates. Associates were employed by local early intervention programs and mentored by their program supervisors. Several times throughout the 3-year project, associates attended training in Anchorage on special early intervention topics. This article addresses the evaluation aspect of this project by (a) describing the distance-delivered competency-based program, (b) discussing the project's evaluation areas, (c) reviewing the specific evaluation methods, and (d) sharing the evaluation results. Discussion follows that highlights program components that were considered innovative and critical to supporting the professional growth of early intervention associates living and working in rural areas with children who experience disabilities and their families.

2001 Ryan SE, 'Editorial: Breaking moulds - Shifting thinking', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64 525-525 (2001) [C1]
2001 Ryan SE, 'Perspectives on widening university access: Critical voices of newly qualified therapists', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64 534-540 (2001) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 9
2001 Ryan SE, 'Human Perspectives on Widening University Access: Critical Voices of Newly Qualified Therapists', Qualitative Evidenced-Based Practice: Taking a Critical Stand. 2nd International Annual Conference (2001) [E3]
2001 Ryan SE, 'Succeeding Despite the Odds: A Narrative of Hurdles Obstructing Lifelong Learning Pathways', SCUTREA Conference, Travellers¿ Tales: from Adult Education to Lifelong Learning ... and Beyond (2001) [E3]
2000 Ryan SE, 'Facilitating the clinical reasoning of occupational therapy students on fieldwork placement', Clinical Reasoning for the Health Professions, Butterworth-Heinmann, Oxford, England 230-235 (2000) [B1]
2000 Ryan SE, 'Preliminary Findings of a Qualitative Study of Newly Qualified Therapists', Qualitative Evidence-based Practice Conference (2000) [E3]
2000 Ryan SE, 'Embedding Clinical Reasoning and Reflection into a Higher Education Framework', The College of Occupational Therapists¿ Annual Conference (2000) [E3]
2000 Ryan SE, 'The Voices of Newly Qualified Therapists', The College of Occupational Therapists¿ Annual Conference (2000) [E3]
1999 Ryan SE, McKay E, Thinking and Reasoning in Therapy: Narratives from Practice, Nelson Thornes, Cheltenham, England, 147 (1999) [A1]
1999 Ryan S, 'Referencing: Telling a story [1]', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 62 564 (1999)
1999 Ryan SE, 'Layers of Reflection: Opportunity, Time and Personal Space', The College of Occupational Therapists¿ Annual Conference (1999) [E3]
1998 Ryan SE, 'Influences that shape our reasoning', Occupational Therapy: New Perspectives, Whurr Publishers, London, England x-xx (1998) [B1]
1998 Lamorey S, Ryan S, 'From Contention to Implementation: A Comparison of Team Practices and Recommended Practices Across Service Delivery Models', Infant-Toddler Intervention, 8 309-331 (1998)

In recognition of the benefits of a team approach in the provision of special education services, three major team models have emerged in practice. Research on actual implementati... [more]

In recognition of the benefits of a team approach in the provision of special education services, three major team models have emerged in practice. Research on actual implementation of these models has been limited. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between current theories and practices of multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary teams. Three areas of team function were studied including team descriptions, team members' perceptions of teaming effectiveness, and a comparison of team practices. One hundred and ninety-five respondents from 50 states completed a 25-item questionnaire. Descriptive results indicated much diversity among teams and team members. There seemed to be no one pervasive model across teams and settings. Across all models, team members identified similar positive characteristics of team effectiveness. In terms of identifying the characteristics that contribute to team ineffectiveness, thematic clusters of attributes emerged. Finally, in terms of comparing teaming theory versus team practices across models, all team models (a) incorporated aspects of role release; (b) utilized a variety of settings, formats, and tools for assessment; (c) involved parents in direct assessment and programming processes at relatively low rates; (d) embedded instruction in naturally occurring environments; and (e) utilized teachers most often in provision of direct services and data collection. In view of these findings, preservice and inservice needs are discussed.

Citations Scopus - 6
1998 Ryan SE, 'Applying Clinical Reasoning Principles to an Innovative Fieldwork Placement', International Occupational Therapy Congress (1998) [E3]
1998 Ryan SE, 'Using Non-Directive Techniques to Enhance Play with Autistic Children', The College of Occupational Therapists' Annual Conference (1998) [E3]
1997 Ryan S, Squires J, Straugh T, Leve C, Potter L, 'Use of a Self-Rating Instrument for Assessing Professional Knowledge and Skills in Preservice Early Intervention Programs', Infant-Toddler Intervention, 7 103-110 (1997)
Citations Scopus - 2
1997 Ryan SE, 'Occupational Therapy for Elderly People in Residential Care - with Frances Cane', The College of Occupational Therapists' Annual Conference (1997) [E3]
1997 Ryan SE, 'Formulating Models Specific to Contextual Practice', The College of Occupational Therapists' Annual Conference (1997) [E3]
1997 Ryan SE, 'Primary Care Occupational Therapy: An Account of a Pilot Scheme - with Lieve de Clerq', The College of Occupational Therapists' Annual Conference (1997) [E3]
1997 Ryan SE, Donati S, 'Reflective Reasoning: a consultative approach with carers of learning disabled adult', The College of Occupational Therapists' Annual Conference (1997) [E3]
1996 Alsop AE, Ryan SE, Making the Most of Fieldwork Education: A Practical Approach, Chapman and Hall, London, England, 240 (1996) [A1]
1996 Pimental S, Ryan SE, 'Working with clients with learning disabilities and multiple handicaps: a comparison between hospital and community based therapists', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 59 307-318 (1996) [C1]
1996 Medhurst A, Ryan SE, 'Clinical reasoning in Local Authority paediatric occupational therapy: Planning a major adaptation for the child with a degenerative condition, Part 1', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 59 203-206 (1996) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 3
1996 Medhurst A, Ryan SE, 'Clinical reasoning in Local Authority paediatric occupational therapy: Planning a major adaptation for the child with a degenerative condition, Part 2', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 59 269-272 (1996) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 3
1996 Ryan SE, 'Editorial: Thinking, reasoning, and reflecting', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 59 195-195 (1996) [C1]
1996 Fortune T, Ryan SE, 'Applying clinical reasoning: A caseload management system for community occupational therapists', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 59 207-211 (1996) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 17
1996 Pimentel S, Ryan S, 'Working with Clients with Learning Disabilities and Multiple Physical Handicaps: A Comparison between Hospital and Community based Therapists', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 59 313-318 (1996)

This comparative study looked at hospital and community based occupational therapists who worked with clients with learning disabilities and multiple physical handicaps. The facto... [more]

This comparative study looked at hospital and community based occupational therapists who worked with clients with learning disabilities and multiple physical handicaps. The factors that were examined were the time spent by occupational therapists with this group, the interventions that were used, and the learning support that was needed for the therapists. Information was gathered from questionnaires and semistructured interviews. The results showed a distinct difference between the two groups of occupational therapists, with remedial activities being the focus in the hospital setting and functional activities in the community. Most of the respondents felt that they had not had either sufficient education at college or sufficient support when they started their service. A change in role from therapist to consultant was found in those working in the community and this group also placed more emphasis on keeping up to date with developments in this specialist field.

Citations Scopus - 5
1996 Ryan SE, Buhagia N, 'Occupational Therapy with Pre-school Autistic Children - A Focus on Practice', The College of Occupational Therapists' Annual Conference (1996) [E1]
1996 Ryan SE, Medhurst A, 'Deepening Therapeutic Insight: Making Meaning Out of Narratives', The College of Occupational Therapists' Annual Conference (1996) [E3]
1996 McKay E, Ryan SE, 'Clinical Reasoning: A Mental Health Perspective', The College of Occupational Therapists' Annual Conference (1996) [E3]
1996 Ryan SE, 'Equalising the Experience: Developing Empathy in Undergraduate Occupational Therapists', The College of Occupational Therapists' Annual Conference (1996) [E3]
1996 Ryan SE, Roberts G, Molineuz M, 'Using Clinical Reasoning Principles in a Group Fieldwork Education Programmes', The College of Occupational Therapists' Annual Conference (1996) [E3]
1995 McKay E, Ryan SE, 'Clinical reasoning through story telling: Examining a student's case story on a fieldwork placement', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 58 234-238 (1995) [C1]
1995 Ryan SE, 'The study and application of clinical reasoning research', British Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation, 2 265-271 (1995) [C1]
1995 McKay E, Ryan SE, 'Levels of Understanding in Clinical Reasoning Courses', College of Occupational Therapists' Annual Conference (1995) [E3]
1995 Ryan SE, 'Using Clinical Reasoning Principles, Adult Learning Theories, and Reflective Practice Models to Design Post-graduate Courses and Modules', Pacific Rim Conference for Occupational Therapists (1995) [E3]
1994 Ryan SE, Khan F, 'Developing Habilitation Programmes in India', Annual Conference for the National Association of Paediatric Therapists (NAPOT) (1994) [E3]
1994 Ryan SE, 'Process as opposed to Content Learning in Post Graduate Education', Workshop presented at COHEHRE European Conference (1994) [E3]
1994 Ryan SE, 'Rehabilitation in India: Professional Issues', World Federation of Occupational Therapists' Conference Abstracts (1994) [E3]
1994 Ryan SE, 'Living Options for the Elderly', World Federation of Occupational Therapists' Conference Abstracts (1994) [E3]
1993 Ryan SE, 'Editorial: Furthering Occupational Therapy Education', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 56 199-199 (1993) [C3]
1987 Ryan S, 'A Preparatory Program for Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Supervisors: Analysis of Results', Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 54 256-262 (1987)

In addition to a clinical role many occupational therapists must assume the role of fieldwork supervisor. A review of the literature indicated that continuing education courses sh... [more]

In addition to a clinical role many occupational therapists must assume the role of fieldwork supervisor. A review of the literature indicated that continuing education courses should be available to prepare therapists for this role. A course that was developed to meet the needs of occupational therapists in British Columbia is outlined. The outcome of the three phase approach to course evaluation ¿ pretest-posttest, end-of-course questionnaire and 12 month follow up questionnaire ¿ is discussed. The results of the questionnaires were analysed to determine therapists' (a) preferences for instructional format, materials and scheduling, (b) reasons for participation, (c) use of course material after the course, (d) perceptions of course value, and (e) recommendations for future courses. Eight recommendations for the provision of preparatory courses for fieldwork supervisors are noted. © 1987, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1177/000841748705400508
Citations Scopus - 1
1984 Hawkes B, Ryan S, 'An Evaluation of the Usefulness of Objectives in Fieldwork Experiences', Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 51 188-191 (1984)

This paper presents a pilot study which investigated students' and therapists' perceptions of the value of objectives in structuring fieldwork experiences. The method in which the... [more]

This paper presents a pilot study which investigated students' and therapists' perceptions of the value of objectives in structuring fieldwork experiences. The method in which the objectives were presented and their content is described. The model used to guide the therapists in the development of the objectives is outlined together with the study procedures. Results of this study and their implications for educators and therapists who plan and organize fieldword experiences are also discussed. © 1984, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1177/000841748405100409
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 7
Total funding $292,000

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20131 grants / $65,000

Enhancing and expanding quality clinical supervision through the dissemination and evaluation of a student-focussed, competency-based website$65,000

Funding body: HETI (Health Education and Training Institute)

Funding body HETI (Health Education and Training Institute)
Project Team Professor Susan Ryan, Mrs Catherine Studdert, Mr Kim Nguyen, Ms Carol Hills, Mr Paul Sijpkes, Dr Carol McKinstry, Associate Professor Michael Curtin, Ms Lee Zakrzewski, Professor Matthew Yau, Ms Alicia Harris, Ms Karen Maurer, Ms Natasha Atkinson
Scheme NSW ICTN Local Project Fund
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1201153
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20121 grants / $1,500

Occupation Diversity for the Future, Stockholm, Sweden, 24 - 27 May 2012$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Professor Susan Ryan
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200551
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20112 grants / $215,500

Creating student-focussed, web-learning resources to support the development of and provide evidence of occupational therapy students' graduation competencies$214,000

Funding body: Australian Learning and Teaching Council

Funding body Australian Learning and Teaching Council
Project Team Professor Susan Ryan, Ms Carol Hills, Mr Kim Nguyen
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1100023
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Shaping the future of the profession, Brighton Centre - Brighton - Sussex - UK, 28/6/2011 - 1/7/2011$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Professor Susan Ryan
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100461
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20101 grants / $1,500

34th Annual Conference: College Occupational Therapy, Brighton University, 22 - 25 June 2010$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Professor Susan Ryan
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000096
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20091 grants / $1,000

OT in the Northern Territory: Diverse, Challenging, Unique, Darwin, 21-23 May 2009$1,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Professor Susan Ryan
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190349
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20081 grants / $7,500

Generation $7,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Susan Ryan
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189523
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed3
Current0

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2013 PhD An Exploration of the Different Forms of Theoretical Knowledge Valued and Used by Occupational Therapists in Mental Health Practice PhD (Occupational Therapy), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2012 PhD A Balance-Training Exercise Programme for Community-Dwelling Rural Older People: Evaluation by a Mixed Methods Design PhD (Physiotherapy), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD Clinical Education: An Investigation of Educational Processes - The Application of Student-Centred Education and Client-Centred Care During Undergraduate Physiotherapy Clinical Practice PhD (Physiotherapy), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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News

World-first occupational therapy student website

World-first occupational therapy student website launch

May 23, 2013

An innovative and flexible student-centred website, the first of its kind in the world for occupational therapy students, will be launched at the University of Newcastle today, Thursday 23 May.

Professor Susan Ryan

Position

Conjoint Professor
Occupational Therapy
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Occupational Therapy

Contact Details

Email susan.ryan@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6643
Fax (02) 4921 7053

Office

Room HE04
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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