Leeanne M. Carey, BAppSc(OT), PhD
Dr. Carey heads the Neurorehabilitation and Recovery research group in the Stroke Division, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and is Professor of Occupational Therapy, School of Allied Health, La Trobe University in Australia. Dr. Carey's research program focuses on stroke rehabilitation and recovery: in particular how the brain adapts and how we might harness that potential in rehabilitation. She uses tools such as MRI to investigate changes in the brain and how this knowledge may be used to better understand recovery and target rehabilitation most optimally to individual stroke survivors. Research includes the impact of depression and cognition on stroke recovery. An important focus has been to translate these discoveries into clinical practice and better outcomes for stroke survivors. (Retrieved on February 5, 2015 from http://www.florey.edu.au/about-florey/our-people/staff-directory/39/leeanne-carey.)
Q and A
Identify three words that others have used to describe you.
Visionary, dedicated, collaborative.
How do you hope to make a difference in the world through research?
I hope to harness real world drivers of neural plasticity to help stroke survivors realise their full potential.
I also hope to grow research-clinicians and research capacity in occupational therapy.
What is one piece of advice you have for individuals considering a career in science and research?
Go for it! If you have a question and a passion then seek an active research environment with strong supervisory team and make it happen! The benefits for you, your clients and our profession are immeasurable.
Beside your own areas of inquiry, what is one research priority that you believe is important for the future of occupational science and occupational therapy?
I believe occupational therapists should be leading the way in conducting research that creates the right environment for healing and realising one's full potential.
Describe the most important role that mentors played in your professional journey.
Belief and challenge that help open the door to new perspectives and opportunities.
Identify a favorite occupation that renews you outside of your work.
Spending time with friends, family and colleagues who are also friends.
What has been the most surprising or rewarding aspects of a career in science and research?
Learning something new from each participant and student I work with, and seeing the difference new discoveries can make to the lives of people who have experienced brain injury.
Carey, LM. (Ed.) (2012). Stroke rehabilitation insights from neuroscience and imaging. New York: Oxford University Press.
Hubbard, IJ, Carey, LM, Budd, TW & Parsons, MW. (2014). Reorganizing Therapy: Changing the Clinical Approach to Upper Limb Recovery Post-Stroke. Occupational Therapy International, 18, 28-35.
Hubbard, IJ, Carey, LM, Budd, TW, Levi, C, McElduff, P, Hudson, S, Bateman, G & Parsons, MW. (2014). A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Effect of Early Upper-Limb Training on Stroke Recovery and Brain Activation. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 19, 1545968314562647. [Epub ahead of print]
Pumpa, LU, Cahill, LS & Carey, LM. (2015 Jan 23). Somatosensory assessment and treatment after stroke: An evidence-practice gap. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, doi: 10.1111/1440-1630.12170. [Epub ahead of print]