Prof Karen Stagnitti

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Position

Associate Head Of School (Research)

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Health & Soc. Dev.

Campus

Geelong Waterfront Campus

Qualifications

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, University of Queensland, 1977
Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University, 2002
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2007

Biography summary

Karen Stagnitti has worked for over 30 years in community based child and family early childhood intervention teams. She has been a staff member at Queensland University and Deakin University. In 2005 she joined the Occupational Science and Therapy team at Deakin University where she is now Professor, Personal Chair. She has been invited to present her work in Canada, UK, Denmark, Switzerland, Japan, Singapore, Croatia, Romania, Chile and Italy. She has over 80 papers published in peer reviewed journals, 20 book chapters and has written or edited five books.

Research interests

Professor Stagnitti's research is primarily concerned with play ability of children under 10 years of age. The research area can be broken down into the following main areas:

The continuing development of a norm referenced play assessment: The Child-Initiated Pretend Play Assessment (ChIPPA)

The relationship between play and literacy ability in young children

The use of the ChIPPA with different clinical groups of children

The refinement of an intervention play therapy called 'Learn to Play'  that builds a child's play skills with increases in a child's language, social competence and flexibility.

Continuing research on the Parent Learn to Play program.

The Learn to Play program with children with ASD

The development of the Animated Movie Test - an assessment of creativity, logical thinking, symbolic thinking and narrative for adolescents.

The investigation of early play abiltiy in people with Anorexia Nervosa
 

Affiliations

Australasian/Pacific Play Therapy Association

OT Australia

Victorian Consortium of Early Childhood Educators

Teaching interests

Prof Stagnitti coordinated the occupational therapy honours program for 10 years from 2005 to 2014. She is intersted in developing students research skills and abilities in the assessment and measurement of play in children. She is also interested in the application of knowledge to practice.
 

Units taught

She is unit chair for the following units in the Master of Child Play Therapy:

HSO713 - Play Assessment and Meaurement

HSO714 - Research Project A

Teaches into a clinical intensive as needed from year to year

She also supervisors several PhD candidates and masters research students.

Knowledge areas

Professor Stagnitti specialises in children's play. She has developed 2 play assessments, the Symbolic and Imaginative Play Developmental Checklist and the Child-Initiated Pretend Play Assessment.

Conferences

1. Siobhan Casey, Karen Stagnitti, Ann Taket (2010) Examining resilience using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health: Children and Youth Version AARE 2010, Melbourne University, Melbourne (28 November to 2 December 2010) AARE SIG: Social Justice, Session Type: Symposium. 2. Stagnitti, K. & Kidd, E. (2011). Narrative recall and pretend play: comparison of a play-based curriculum and traditional classroom curriculum. Children's Play, Storytelling and Pretence: CPSP 2011, University of Melbourne. 3. Stagnitti, K. (2011). Changes in ability: children with ASD and the Learn to Play program. Children's Play, Storytelling and Pretence: CPSP 2011, University of Melbourne. 4. Stagnitti, K. (2011). Play Based Learning. Monash City Council, Melbourne. 5. Stagnitti, K. (2011). The Parent Learn to Play Program. Healing relationships. Australasian/pacific Play Therapy Association Conference. August, Geelong. 6. Casey, S., Stagnitti, K. & Taket, A. (2011). Peer play relationships. Australasian/pacific Play Therapy Association Conference. August, Geelong. 7. Taket, A., Nolan, A., Casey, S. & Stagnitti, K. (2011). Supporting children's and young people's resilience in schools. 90minute paper presentation, New Understandings, Better Integration, Sustainable and Equitable Actions - Schools that Promote Health, Well-being and Educational Success in the Next Decade on the Occasion of the 15es Journes annuelles de sant publique du Qubec/15th Annual Public Health Days of Quebec (JASP) in Quebec - November 28th - 29th 2011. 8. Taket, A., Stagnitti, K., Casey, S. & Nolan, A. (2011). Mothers supportive strategies to build resilience in their children. PHAA (Public Health Association Australia) conference, Brisbane. 9. Hitch, D. Lavasani, N., Pepin, G. & Stagnitti, K. (2011). Clinical guidelines for children with ADHD. Bi-annual Occupational Therapy National conference, Gold Coast, June 2011. 10. Siobhan Casey, Karen Stagnitti, Ann Taket, Andrea Nolan (2012). Early Peer Play Interactions of Resilient Children Living in Disadvantaged Communities The Early Years Conference 2012, 2 4 February, Hyatt Regency, Vancouver, Canada

Awards

In 1997 she received a full time scholarship from LaTrobe University to study a doctorate full time.

In 2012 she was given a Personal Chair.

Projects





Faculty member of the Research and Research Training Committee

Chair of the Research and Research Training Committee

Chair of the Animal Ethics Committee Laboratory
 

Publications

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2016

Play, narrative, and children with Autism

Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2016), pp. 51-71, Children's play, pretense and story: studies in culture, context, and Autism Spectrum Disorder, Abingdon, Eng., B1

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2015

An intervention to improve social participation for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder: pilot study

Dr Sophie Goldingay, Prof Karen Stagnitti, Loretta Sheppard, Prof Jane McGillivray, Miss Belinda Jane Mclean, Dr Genevieve Pepin

(2015), Vol. 18, pp. 122-130, Developmental neurorehabilitation, London, Eng., C1

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Quality of pre-school children's pretend play and subsequent development of semantic organization and narrative re-telling skills

Prof Karen Stagnitti, Fiona Lewis

(2015), Vol. 17, pp. 148-158, International journal of speech-language pathology, London, Eng., C1

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The views of parents who experience intergenerational poverty on parenting and play: a qualitative analysis

Mrs Rachel Lee Smith, Prof Karen Stagnitti, A/Prof Andrew Lewis, Dr Genevieve Pepin

(2015), Vol. 41, pp. 873-881, Child care health and development, London, Eng., C1

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The efficacy of co-locating a supported playgroup in a shopping centre

Serenity McEwin, Prof Karen Stagnitti, Dr Fiona Andrews

(2015), Vol. 9, pp. 69-85, Communities, children and families Australia, Brisbane, Qld., C1

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Evidence for mental health occupational therapy: trends in the first decade of the new millenium (200-2013)

Dr Danielle Hitch, Dr Genevieve Pepin, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2015), Vol. 5, pp. 1-12, SAGE open, Thousand Oaks, Calif., C1

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Comparison of a traditional and non-traditional residential care facility for persons living with dementia and the impact of the environment on occupational engagement

Miss Kieva Richards, Rachel D`Cruz, Ms Sue Harman, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2015), Vol. 62, pp. 438-448, Australian occupational therapy journal, London, Eng., C1

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Children's play in the Australian Indigenous context: the need for a contemporary view

Mrs Alma Marion Dender, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2015), Vol. 4, pp. 3-16, International journal of play, Oxford, Eng., C1

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Student empathy levels across 12 medical and health professions: an interventional study

Mr Brett Williams, Ted Brown, Lisa McKenna, Ms Claire Palermo, Prue Morgan, Debra Nestel, Richard Brightwell, Susan Gilbert-Hunt, Prof Karen Stagnitti, Alexander Olaussen

(2015), Vol. 2, pp. 1-6, Journal of compassionate health care, London, Eng., C1

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2014

Inclusive service design for young people with learning disabilities who exhibit behaviours of concern

Dr Sophie Goldingay, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2014), pp. 106-114, Practising social inclusion, Abingdon, England, B1

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Increasing social cohesiveness in a school environment

Prof Karen Stagnitti, Mary Frawley, Brian Lynch, Peter Fahey

(2014), pp. 91-105, Practising Social Inclusion, Abingdon, England, B1

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Relationship between play and sensory processing : a systematic review

Tara Watts, Prof Karen Stagnitti, Ted Brown

(2014), Vol. 68, pp. 37-46, American journal of occupational therapy, Bethesda, MD, C1

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In the footsteps of Wilcock, part one : the evolution of doing, being, becoming, and belonging

Dr Danielle Hitch, Dr Genevieve Pepin, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2014), Vol. 28, pp. 231-246, Occupational therapy In health care, New York, N. Y., C1

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In the footsteps of Wilcock, part two: the interdependent nature of doing, being, becoming and belonging

Dr Danielle Hitch, Dr Genevieve Pepin, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2014), Vol. 28, pp. 247-263, Occupational therapy In health care, New York, N. Y., C1

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Family strategies to support and develop resilience in early childhood

Prof Ann Taket, Prof Andrea Nolan, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2014), Vol. 34, pp. 289-300, Early Years, Abingdon, Eng., C1

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Supporting resilience in early years classrooms: the role of the teacher

Prof Andrea Nolan, Prof Ann Taket, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2014), Vol. 20, pp. 595-608, Teachers and teaching: theory and practice, Abingdon, England, C1

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The Integrating Theory, Evidence and Action (ITEA) method: a procedure for helping practitioners translate theory and research into action

Dr Danielle Hitch, Dr Genevieve Pepin, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2014), Vol. 77, pp. 592-600, British journal of occupational therapy, London, England, C1

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Achieving eating independence in an acute stroke ward : Developing a collaborative care plan

Jacqueline Payne, Prof Karen Stagnitti, Emily Hooke, Dr Danielle Hitch

(2014), Vol. 22, pp. 111-117, International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, London, United Kingdom, C1

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2013

Engagement in activities and occupations by people who have experienced psychosis : a metasynthesis of lived experience

Dr Danielle Hitch, Dr Genevieve Pepin, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2013), Vol. 76, pp. 77-86, British journal of occupational therapy, London, England, C1

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Top-down and bottom-up approaches to motor skill assessment of children : are child-report and parent-report perceptions predictive of children's performance-based assessment results?

Johanna Kennedy, Ted Brown, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2013), Vol. 20, pp. 45-53, Scandinavian journal of occupational therapy, London, England, C1

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Barriers and enablers to clinical fieldwork education in rural public and private allied health practice

Phoebe Maloney, Prof Karen Stagnitti, Adrian Schoo

(2013), Vol. 32, pp. 1-16, Higher education research and development, London, England, C1

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Expectations of parents on low incomes and therapists who work with parents on low incomes of the first therapy session

Dr Fiona Andrews, Natasha Griffiths, Lorinda Harrison, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2013), Vol. 60, pp. 436-444, Australian occupational therapy journal, Melbourne, Vic., C1

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Promoting health and wellbeing for people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: an occupational perspective

Dr Danielle Hitch, Mrs Negar Miri Lavasani, Dr Genevieve Pepin, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2013), Vol. 11, pp. 1-10, Internet journal of allied health sciences and practice, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, C1

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Upper limb pain and decline in strength during rehabilitation for a lower limb injury

Prof Karen Stagnitti, Melissa da Graca Costa, Ms Larna Falzon, Catherine Williams, Jicheng Chi, Miss Kieva Richards

(2013), Vol. 20, pp. 136-143, International journal of therapy and rehabilitation, London, England, C1

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The effectiveness of a multidisciplinary intervention to improve school readiness in children with developmental concerns: children's skill development and parent perspective

Loretta Sheppard, Jillian Osmond, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2013), Vol. 6, pp. 94-107, Journal of occupational therapy, schools, and early intervention, Philadelphia, Pa., C1

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2012

Come play with me : an argument to link autism spectrum disorders and anorexia nervosa through early childhood pretend play

Dr Genevieve Pepin, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2012), Vol. 20, pp. 254-259, Eating disorders : the journal of treatment and prevention, Philadelphia, Pa., C1

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Impact of the Learn to Play program on play, social competence and language for children aged 5 - 8 years who attend a specialist school

Prof Karen Stagnitti, Miss Chloe O'Connor, Loretta Sheppard

(2012), Vol. 59, pp. 302-311, Australian occupational therapy journal, Richmond, Vic., C1

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Better access to mental health program : influence of mental health occupational therapy

Milly Kohn, Dr Danielle Hitch, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2012), Vol. 59, pp. 437-444, Australian occupational therapy, Richmond, Vic., C1

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Pretend play of children with acquired brain injury : an exploratory study

Naomi Fink, Prof Karen Stagnitti, Jane Galvin

(2012), Vol. 15, pp. 336-342, Developmental neurorehabilitation, London, England, C1

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Ocupação, bem-estar e satisfação de vida : a experiência de um modelo alternativo de estágio em terapia ocupacional na Austrália

Luzia Iara Pfeifer, Prof Karen Stagnitti, Maria Paula Panuncio Pinto

(2012), Vol. 16, pp. 557-566, COMUNICAÇÃO SAÚDE EDUCAÇÃO, Botucatu, Brazil, C1

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Early peer play interactions of resilient children living in disadvantaged communities

Ms Siobhan Casey, Prof Karen Stagnitti, Prof Ann Taket, Prof Andrea Nolan

(2012), Vol. 1, pp. 311-323, International journal of play, Abingdon, England, C1

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Evidence based guidelines to improve engagement and participation for people experiencing depression

Dr Danielle Hitch, Michelle Taylor, Dr Genevieve Pepin, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2012), Vol. 17, pp. 1-22, International journal of psychosocial rehabilitation, Norfolk, England, C1-1

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2011

Activity preferences and participation of school-age children living in urban and rural environments

Ted Brown, Sophie O'Keefe, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2011), Vol. 25, pp. 225-239, Occupational therapy in health care, New York, N.Y., C1

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The reliability of two visual motor integration tests used with children

Alexandra Chinner, Ted Brown, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2011), Vol. 4, pp. 129-140, Journal of occupational therapy, schools and early intervention, Philadelphia, Pa., C1

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Cross-cultural adaptation and reliability of child-initiated pretend play assessment (ChIPPA)

Luzia Iara Pfeifer, Mirella A. Queiroz, Jair Licio Ferreira dos Santos, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2011), Vol. 78, pp. 187-195, Canadian journal of occupational therapy, Ottawa, Canada, C1

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Play preference of children with ADHD and typically developing children in Brazil : a pilot study

Luzia Iara Pfeifer, Lauana Nogueira Terra, Jair Licio Ferreira dos Santos, Prof Karen Stagnitti, Maria Paula Panuncio-Pinto

(2011), Vol. 58, pp. 419-428, Australian occupational therapy journal, Richmond, Vic., C1

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A study on fine motor skills of Iranian children with attention deficit/hyper activity disorder aged from 6 to 11 Years

Mrs Negar Miri Lavasani, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2011), Vol. 18, pp. 106-114, Occupational therapy international, West Sussex, England, C1

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Development of the indigenous child-initiated pretend play assessment : selection of play materials and administration

Mrs Alma Marion Dender, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2011), Vol. 58, pp. 34-42, Australian occupational therapy journal, Australia, C1

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Pretend play of children with cerebral palsy

Luzia Iara Pfeifer, Amanda Mota Pacciulio, Camila Abrao dos Santos, Jair Licio Ferreira dos Santos, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2011), Vol. 31, pp. 390-402, Physical and occupational therapy in pediatrics, New York, N. Y., C1

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Play, behaviour, language and social skills : the comparison of a play and a non-play intervention within a specialist school setting

Miss Chloe O'Connor, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2011), Vol. 32, pp. 1205-1211, Research in developmental disabilities, Oxford, U. K., C1

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Convergent validity of two visual motor integration tests

Ted Brown, Alexandra Chinner, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2011), Vol. 74, pp. 295-303, British journal of occupational therapy, London, Eng., C1

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Evaluating the feasibility, effectiveness and acceptability of an active play intervention for disadvantaged preschool children : a pilot study

Prof Karen Stagnitti, Rachael Kenna, Ms Mary Malakellis, Beth Kershaw, Majella Hoare, Dr Andrea De Silva-Sanigorski

(2011), Vol. 36, pp. 66-72, Australasian journal of early childhood, Watson, A. C. T., C1

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Play, language and social skills of children attending a play-based curriculum school and a traditionally structured classroom curriculum school in low socioeconomic areas

Emily Reynolds, Prof Karen Stagnitti, Evan Kidd

(2011), Vol. 36, pp. 120-130, Australasian journal of early childhood, Watson, A.C.T., C1

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2010

The reliability of two visual motor integration tests used with health adults

Ted Brown, Alexandra Chinner, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2010), Vol. 24, pp. 308-319, Occupational therapy in health care, Abingdon, England, C1

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The convergent validity of two sensory processing scales used with school - age children : comparing the sensory profile and the sensory processing measure

Ted Brown, Ilona Claire Morrison, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2010), Vol. 57, pp. 56-65, New Zealand journal of occupational therapy, Wellington, N.Z., C1

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Occupational therapy students' attitudes towards inclusion education in Australia, United Kingdom, United States and Taiwan

Keli Mu, Ted Brown, Claudia Peyton, Sylvia Rodger, Yan-Hua Huang, Chin-Yu Wu, Callie Watson, Prof Karen Stagnitti, Eve Hutton, Jackie Casey, Chia Swee Hong

(2010), Vol. 17, pp. 40-52, Occupational therapy international, Chichester, England, C1

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When parents love and don't love their children : some children's stories

Dr Heather D'Cruz, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2010), Vol. 15, pp. 216-225, Child and family social work, Oxford, England, C1

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Scope of practice of occupational therapists working in Victorian community health settings

Lynne Quick, Ms Sue Harman, Sue Morgan, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2010), Vol. 57, pp. 95-101, Australian occupational therapy journal, Richmond, Vic., C1

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Screening children with developmental coordination disorder : the development of the caregiver assessment of movement participation

Kwan Lan Tsang, Prof Karen Stagnitti, Prof Sing Lo

(2010), Vol. 39, pp. 232-248, Children's health care, Philadelphia, Pa., C1

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The reliability of two sensory processing scales used with school-age children : comparing the response consistency of mothers, fathers, and classroom teachers rating the same child

Ted Brown, Ilona Claire Morrison, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2010), Vol. 3, pp. 331-347, Journal of occupational therapy, schools and early intervention, Philadelphia, Pa., C1

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2009

Pretend play, social competence and involvement in children aged 5-7 years : the concurrent validity of the child-initiated pretend play assessment

Nicole Uren, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2009), Vol. 56, pp. 33-40, Australian occupational therapy journal, Subiaco, W.A., C1

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From student to therapist : follow up of a first cohort of Bachelor of occupational therapy students

Georgina Doherty, Prof Karen Stagnitti, Adrian Schoo

(2009), Vol. 56, pp. 341-349, Australian occupational therapy journal, Richmond, Vic., C1

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Knowledge and reasoning in practice : an example from physiotherapy and occupational therapy

Megan Smith, Sylvie meyer, Prof Karen Stagnitti, Adrian Schoo

(2009), pp. 193-212, Knowledge-in-practice in the caring professions : multidisciplinary perspectives, Farnham, England, B1

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Children and pretend play

Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2009), pp. 59-69, Play as therapy : assessment and intervention, London, England, B1-1

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Pretend play assessment

Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2009), pp. 87-101, Play as therapy : assessment and intervention, London, England, B1-1

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Play intervention: the Learn to Play program

Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2009), pp. 176-186, Play as therapy : assessment and intervention, London, England, B1-1

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2008

Rethinking policies for the retention of allied health professionals in rural areas : a social relations approach

A/Prof Kevin O'Toole, Adrian Schoo, Prof Karen Stagnitti, Kate Cuss

(2008), Vol. 87, pp. 326-332, Health Policy, Clare, Ireland, C1

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The reliability of performance of healthy adults on three visual perception tests

Ted Brown, Erin Mullins, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2008), Vol. 71, pp. 438-447, British journal of occupational therapy, London, Eng., C1

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The meaning of leisure for well-elderly Italians in an Australian community : implications for occupational therapy

Pereira Robert, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2008), Vol. 55, pp. 39-46, Australian cccupational therapy journal, Subiaco, W.A., C1

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Reconstructing child welfare through participatory and child-centred professional practice : a conceptual approach

Dr Heather D'Cruz, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2008), Vol. 13, pp. 156-165, Child & family social work, Oxford, U.K., C1

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Clinical placement and rurality of career commencement : a pilot study

Adrian Schoo, Dr Kevin Mc Namara, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2008), Vol. 8, pp. 1-10, Rural and remote health, Deakin West, A.C.T., C1

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The evolution of a state-wide continuing education programme for allied health professionals

Adrian Schoo, Prof Karen Stagnitti, Dr Kevin Mc Namara

(2008), Vol. 15, pp. 60-67, International journal of therapy and rehabilitation, London, England, C1

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Theoretical reflections on the nexus between research, policy and practice

Prof Evelyne de Leeuw, Mr Andrew McNess, Prof Beth Crisp, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2008), Vol. 18, pp. 5-20, Critical public health, London, England, C1

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2007

Fine motor difficulties: the need for advocating for the role of occupational therapy in schools

Michelle Jackman, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2007), Vol. 54, pp. 168-173, Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, Subiaco, W.A., C1

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2006

Pretend play and parents' view of social competence: the construct validity of the Child-Initiated Pretend Play Assessment.

Dianne Swindells, Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2006), Vol. 53, pp. 314-324, Australian occupational therapy journal, Subiaco, W.A., C1

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There was sufficient evidence to conclude whether parent-mediated early intervention was effective for children with autism

Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2006), Vol. 53, pp. 137-139, Australian occupational therapy journal, Melbourne, Vic., C1

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An exploration of issues of management and intention to stay : allied health professionals in south west Victoria, Australia

Prof Karen Stagnitti, Adrian Schoo, Prof James Dunbar, Catherine Reid

(2006), Vol. 35, pp. 226-232, Journal of allied health, Thorofare, N.J., C1

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2005

Retention of allied health professionals in the south-west of Victoria

Prof Karen Stagnitti, Adrian Schoo, Catherine Reid, Prof James Dunbar

(2005), Vol. 13, pp. 364-365, Australian journal of rural health, Armidale, N.S.W., C1

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A conceptual model for recruitment and retention : allied health workforce enhancement in Western Victoria, Australia

Adrian Schoo, Prof Karen Stagnitti, Ms Catherine Mercer-Grant, Prof James Dunbar

(2005), Vol. 5, pp. 1-18, Rural and remote health, Deakin, A.C.T., C1

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Access and attitude of rural allied health professionals to CPD and training

Prof Karen Stagnitti, Adrian Schoo, Catherine Reid, Prof James Dunbar

(2005), Vol. 12, pp. 355-362, International journal of therapy and rehabilitation, London, England, C1

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2004

The test-retest reliability of the child-initiated pretend play assessment

Prof Karen Stagnitti, Carolyn Unsworth

(2004), Vol. 58, pp. 93-99, American journal of occupational therapy, Boston, Mass., C1

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Understanding play: the implications for play assessment

Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2004), Vol. 51, pp. 3-12, Australian occupational therapy journal, Australia, C1

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Occupational performance issues in pretend play: implications for paediatric practice

Prof Karen Stagnitti

(2004), pp. 103-121, Occupation for occupational therapists, Oxford, England, B1

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