Synapse Voices 6: Belinda Carr and Dr Natasha Lannin

Belinda Carr and Dr Natasha Lannin are both experienced Occupational Therapists. Belinda has specialised in her clinical practice in the field of traumatic brain injury and cognitive rehabilitation. Natasha's research focuses on rehabilitation for persons with acquired brain impairment after stroke and traumatic injury, and improved strategies for both generating and implementing research as a core component of clinical practice. She is one of the Principal Investigators of the Australian Stroke Clinical Register. They came together, with a number of Occupational Therapy colleagues, over the desire to systematically examine the use of handheld computing devices, supported by Occupational Therapy training, for memory and planning difficulties after traumatic brain injury. Belinda presented findings of their randomised controlled trial at the 7th World Congress for NeuroRehabilitation in Melbourne, Australia, in May 2012. After the presentation, we sat down to discuss their experiences in this research. At the time the research was conducted, Natasha Lannin was being employed by the Rehabilitation Studies Unit, University of Sydney, and Belinda was working at the Royal Rehab Centre in Sydney. Only one previous randomised controlled trial of mobile computing technology has been published in brain injury rehabilitation; the research discussed in this podcast is currently under peer review for full journal publication. Dr Lannin is now employed as an Associate Professor at the Alfred Clinical School, Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University in Melbourne. Belinda Carr is the Professional Leader of Occupational Therapy at the Royal Rehab Centre, Sydney.

APA format reference for the research discussed in this podcast:
Carr, B., Allaous, J., Lannin, N., MacKenzie, B., Falcon, A., Tate, R., … Pearse, S. (2012, May). Efficacy of using handheld computers plus occupational therapy to compensate for memory and planning difficulties after brain injury: A randomised control trial. Paper presentation at the 7th World Congress for NeuroRehabilitation, Melbourne, Australia.

The full author list was:
Carr, B., Allaous, J., Lannin, N., MacKenzie, B., Falcon, A., Tate, R., Schmidt, J., Irving, I. & Pearse, S.

APA reference for this episode:
Babbage, D.R. (Producer). (2012). Synapse Voices 6: Belinda Carr and Dr Natasha Lannin. [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from http://www.synapseproject.org/voices/6

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