Research Profile

Janice Crausaz

BIOGRAPHY

Janice Crausaz first gained a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. She subsequently earned a post-graduate diploma on Occupational Therapy (OT) from the University of Pennsylvania. She began working in a rehabilitation hospital for veterans where she initiated an interdisciplinary sexual counselling programme for young spinal cord injured clients. She then was manager of an occupational therapy service in a San Antonio, Texas psychiatric facility unit for adolescents admitted for severely maladaptive behaviour and/or substance abuse.

Subsequently she chose to combine her interest in anthropology and occupational therapy by working as the headmistress of an Anglophone international primary school in Douala, Cameroon, West Africa where she developed a programme for children with an intellectual disability. She then completed a Masters degree at the University of Southern California with a focus on paediatrics and sensory integration. Afterwards she established and directed an OT department in Mafraq Hospital, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for several years before accepting a position as manager of a large OT/PT clinic in a bi-lingual (French/German) school for children with intellectual and physical disabilities in Fribourg, Switzerland. Following this, she developed an OT programme in a school for children and young adults with intellectual disabilities in Paphos, Cyprus. In 1997 she opened a private paediatric practice while also serving as an OT consultant in adult neurology at the cantonal hospital in Fribourg.

Janice was appointed as a part-time lecturer at UCC in paediatrics and mental health issues for children and young adults in 2005. She is the Association of Occupational Therapist of Ireland (AOTI) delegate to the European Network of Occupational Therapists in Higher Education (ENOTHE) and member of the AOTI international committee. She serves as a co-editor of the student column and a reviewer for the Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy. Other professional affiliations include the American Occupational Therapy Association and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.


Research Interests

Janice's interests are in knowledge translation and research utilisation. Her current doctoral research involves developing and assessing an inter-professional post-qualification MSc module on evidence-based practice (EBP). The participatory action research design includes the students as research collaborators. The research aim is to develop multi-faceted teaching and learning strategies which support practicing therapists' engagement in EBP activities. It is hoped that findings from this study will help overcome knowledge translation challenges in the clinical therapies. This study is supported by a grant from the National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning.

Supervised projects:

Currently supervising a MSc thesis on reflective practice among Irish physiotherapists.

Undergraduate:

2010-2011

Provision of weighted vests for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Utilisation of EBP: A survey of newly graduated Occupational Therapists

2009-2010

Using music for skills acquisition of children with autism: A case study

Implementing constraint-induced movement therapy in Ireland: Therapists' experiences

2008-2009

What is the impact of having a child with Down Syndrome on a mother's life balance?

Children with autism in public places: Mothers' perspectives

2007-2008

Entrepreneurship: A study of therapists' perspectives

2006-2007

Children with autism: An exploration of their play


Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2005)'Constraint induced movement therapy: Evaluation de l'effet therapeutique'
Crausaz, J; Pirlet, A; Bielande, A-M; (2005) 'Constraint induced movement therapy: Evaluation de l'effet therapeutique' [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(1994)'L'impact du travail à temps partiel sur le fonctionnement d'un service d'ergotherapie en Suisse romande'
Crausaz, J; Bakker, A. ; (1994) 'L'impact du travail à temps partiel sur le fonctionnement d'un service d'ergotherapie en Suisse romande' Ergotherapie, 5 :12-16. [Details]
(1993)'Les bases neurologiques de la theorie de l'integration sensorielle'
Crausaz, J; (1993) 'Les bases neurologiques de la theorie de l'integration sensorielle' Ergotherapie, 9 :13-21. [Details]

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2010)World Federation of Occupational Therapists Conference,
J Crausaz, Chard G; (2010) Lost in translation? Finding educational strategies supporting research translation into therapy practice. [Poster Presentation], World Federation of Occupational Therapists Conference, Santiago, Chile , 01-MAY-10 - 01-MAY-10
(2010)American Association of Occupational Therapy Conference,
J Crausaz,; (2010) Designing the plane while flying it: Using collaborative action research to develop teaching approaches supporting therapists' engagement in evidence-based practice. [Poster Presentation], American Association of Occupational Therapy Conference, Orlando, USA , 01-MAY-10 - 01-MAY-10
(2009)Conference on child and adolescent health organised by the Health Promotion Research Centre and NUI Galway,
J Crausaz, C Wyler, H Lynch; (2009) Children with autism in public places: Mothers' perspectives. [Poster Presentation], Conference on child and adolescent health organised by the Health Promotion Research Centre and NUI Galway, NUI Galway , 01-JUN-09 - 01-JUN-09
(2009)Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Conference,
J Crausaz, N. Ruddigkeit ; (2009) Empowering therapists to be evidence-based practitioners. [Oral Presentation], Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Conference, Kilkenny, Ireland , 29-APR-09 - 01-MAY-09
(2009)NAIRTL 3rd annual conference,
J Crausaz, G Chard, C O'Sullivan; (2009) Supporting therapists' engagement in evidence-based practice through an inter-professional post-qualification Masters¿ programme. [Poster Presentation], NAIRTL 3rd annual conference, Dublin, Ireland , 11-NOV-09 - 12-NOV-09
(2009)Hellenic Association of Occupational Therapists,
J Crausaz; (2009) Professional reasoning & decision-making in practice. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Hellenic Association of Occupational Therapists, Athens, Greece , 07-MAR-09 - 07-MAR-09
(2008)Conference organised by the University of Tasmania and the Australian Department of Health and Human Services,
J Crausaz, S Ryan; (2008) Professional doctorates: Situating learning and research in workplace settings as a collaborative partnership. [Oral Presentation], Conference organised by the University of Tasmania and the Australian Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania, Australia , 01-NOV-08 - 01-NOV-08
(2008)European Congress of Occupational Therapists,
Crausaz, J; (2008) Developing strategies for systematically embedding evidence-based practice in therapeutic decision-making. [Oral Presentation], European Congress of Occupational Therapists, Hamburg, Germany , 24-MAY-08 - 24-MAY-08
(2007)Thirteenth European Network of Occupational Therapy Educators (ENOTHE) Conference,
Crausaz, J; (2007) Towards an occupationally just society. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Thirteenth European Network of Occupational Therapy Educators (ENOTHE) Conference, Department of Occupational Therapy, UCC , 18-OCT-07 - 20-OCT-07
(2006)Southern Region Group of Occupational Therapists,
Crausaz, J; (2006) Research outcomes for the constraint induced movement therapy approach with a paediatric population. [Oral Presentation], Southern Region Group of Occupational Therapists, Killarney , 06-DEC-06 - 06-DEC-06
(2005)Conference of Swiss Occupational Therapists Association,
Crausaz, J; (2005) Research outcomes for the constraint induced movement therapy approach in French-speaking Switzerland. [Oral Presentation], Conference of Swiss Occupational Therapists Association, Zurich, Switzerland , 16-JUN-05 - 16-JUN-05

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2007Scholarship MMS Medical, Cork

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Maryland Veterens Hospital Staff Occupational Therapist01-JAN-74 / 31-DEC-75
San Antonio adolescent psychiatric unit Chief Occupational Therapist01-JAN-77 / 31-DEC-78
International School of Douala, Cameroon Headmistress01-JAN-79 / 31-DEC-81
Mafraq Hospital, Abu Dhabi, UAE Senior Occupational Therapist01-JAN-87 / 31-DEC-89
University College Cork Lecturer01-SEP-05 /
Private practice, Fribourg, Switzerland Occupational Therapist01-JAN-97 / 31-AUG-05
School for disabled children Paphos, Cyprus O.T. manager01-JAN-95 / 31-DEC-97
School for disabled children Fribourg, Switzerland Manager, O.T. & Physiotherapy clinic01-JAN-90 / 31-DEC-93

Education

 YearInstituionQualificationSubject
1984University of Southern California M.A.Occupational Therapy
1974University of Pennsylvania Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational TherapyOccupational Therapy
1971George Washington University BAanthropology

Reviews

 JournalRole
Irish Journal Of Occupational Therapy Editor

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Teaching

Undergraduate Year Two OT 2001 Person Environment Occupation III:

Develops students' knowledge & skills regarding the occupational nature of children and young adults. Students apply the occupation therapy process by designing best practice occupation-based, client-centred interventions for this age group.

MSc CT 6001 Implementing Evidence in Therapy Practice:

Inter-professional exploration of knowledge translation skills and strategies which facilitate the routine integration of current best research evidence into clinical therapists' professional decision-making.


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School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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University College Cork, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, Ireland T23 N73K

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