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Dr Margaret Wallen

Research Fellow
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney

PhD MA BAppSc (OT)

Margaret has been working in the field of cerebral palsy research for more than 15 years.

She is currently working on developing an online resource of current research evidence supporting interventions for children with cerebral palsy. This resource will assist families, clinicians and service providers to make informed decisions regarding interventions.

Margaret is also collaborating in four multi-site studies.:

  • Two randomised controlled trials evaluating the outcomes of night splinting for children with cerebral palsy
  • Exploring the association between cognition, bimanual upper limb performance and MRI findings in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy
  • Exploring the effectiveness of using a themed approach to bimanual therapy (e.g. the Amazing Magic Club) for children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy in Australia

Margaret is also a Research representative on Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Human Research Ethics Committee.

Research interests

  • Effective interventions for children with cerebral palsy
  • Evidence-based practice – using research evidence to inform decisions regarding health care
  • Measurement – developing and using responsible and reliable tools to describe function in cerebral palsy and to measure the outcomes of intervention
  • Consumer engagement in cerebral palsy research

Awards & Honours

2013 Best Cerebral Palsy Intervention Paper, Australasian Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine 6th Biennial Conference, Brisbane, Australia 2013

For: Modified constraint-induced therapy compared with intensive occupational therapy for children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy: Results of a randomised trial.

2013 Best Paper of Conference, Australasian Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine 6th Biennial Conference 2013, Brisbane, Australia 2013

For: Modified constraint-induced therapy compared with intensive occupational therapy for children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy: Results of a randomised trial.

2012 Pursuit Award in Childhood Disability Health Research 3rd prize, Bloorview Research Institute Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

For: PhD research: Modified constraint-induced therapy for children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.

Funding

2007 – 2010 Allergan Doctoral Research Grant from the Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance: $100,000. Modified Constraint-Induced Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Randomised Controlled Trial

Book Chapters

Modified constraint-induced therapy for young children. In Dodd,K, Imms C & Taylor, N. (Eds) Physical and Occupational Therapy for People with Cerebral Palsy, 2010, (pp. 114-129).

MacKeith Press: London. Wallen, M & Imms,C.

Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals

View Margaret’s publications on Google Scholar or on ResearchGate