Dr Nicola Hancock

BAppSc(OT) and PhD
Senior Lecturer, Occupational Therapy

C43J - J Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney

Telephone 9351 9379
Fax 9351 9197

Website Mental Health
PIEL

Biographical details

Nicola Hancock is an occupational therapist and academic with a strong mental health background: clinical practice, education, and research. She has extensive clinical experience and has worked internationally in hospital and community-based practice. Dr Hancock was responsible for establishing and directing the first NSW program based upon the international Clubhouse model of psychosocial rehabilitation.

Nicola’s research focuses on making a positive difference it the daily lives and recovery journeys of people living with mental illness. Nicola developed a self-report recovery assessment (RAS-DS) and this instrument is widely used in clinical and research settings both within Australia and internationally. It has been translated into 8 languages.Recently Nicola has developed the interactive website www.ras-ds.net.auwhere consumers can track their own recovery over time and access evidence-based recovery resources. Nicola is engaged in a diverse range of mental health related research projects: mental health outcome assessment within the NSW government and non-government sectors; the role of peer-support for people living with mental illness, enhancing self-management approaches, understanding the perspectives and experiences of people with lived experience of mental illness, and examination of the value of meaningful occupation. Nicola commonly engages participatory action and co-production research methodology, frequently working in collaborative partnership with consumer-researchers.

She supervises a number of PhD, Masters and Honours research students engaged in mental health related investigations. Nicola’s competitive research grants total over AU$650,000.

Research interests

Dr Hancock is a member of the following research teams:

Mental Health
PIEL

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

  • Teaching across graduate and under-graduate occupational therapy courses.
  • Associate Supervisor to 2 PhD students.
  • Academic support to clinical education team.

Themes

Disability and Community

Selected grants

2015

  • Living well in the context of mental ill-health: Narratives of recovery by Partners in Recovery consumers and carers; Smith-Merry J, Kokany A, Hancock N, Gillespie J, Salvador-Carulla L; Wentwest Limited t/a Western Sydney Medicare Local/Research Support.

2014

  • IWSPIR (Inner West Sydney Partners in Recovery) Research; Gillespie J, Smith-Merry J, Hancock N; New Horizons Enterprises Ltd/Research Support.

2013

  • Physical Health Programs in the community managed mental health sector; Hancock N; Mental Health Coordinating Council/Research Support.

2010

  • Indicators of well-being for young people with mental illness; Emerson E, Emerson E, Honey A, Llewellyn G, Hancock N, Hickie I; Schizophrenia Fellowship of New South Wales inc/Research Support.

2007

  • Consumers as collaborative researchers: A model training program; Einfeld S, Bundy A, Hancock N, Beltran R; Australian Rotary Health/Research Grant.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Honey, A., Coniglio, F., Hancock, N. (2015). Conceptualising wellbeing for young people living with mental illness. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 22(6), 278-287. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J., Gillespie, J., Hancock, N., Yen, I. (2015). Doing mental health care integration: A qualitative study of a new work role. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 9(1), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Honey, A., Chesterman, S., Hancock, N., Llewellyn, G., Hazell, P., Clarke, S. (2015). Knowing What to Do and Being Able to Do It: Influences on Parent Choice and Use of Practices to Support Young People Living with Mental Illness. Community Mental Health Journal, 51(7), 841-851. [More Information]
  • Wilkes-Gillan, S., Bundy, A., Cordier, R., Lincoln, M., Hancock, N. (2015). Parents' perspectives on the appropriateness of a parent-delivered intervention for improving the social play skills of children with ADHD. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78(10), 644-652. [More Information]
  • Hancock, N., Scanlan, J., Honey, A., Bundy, A., O'Shea, K. (2015). Recovery Assessment Scale – Domains & Stages (RAS-DS): Its Feasibility and Outcome Measurement Capacity. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 49(7), 624-633. [More Information]
  • Hancock, N., Honey, A., Bundy, A. (2015). Sources of meaning derived from occupational engagement for people recovering from mental illness. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78(8), 508-515. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J., Gillespie, J., Hancock, N., Yen, I. (2014). Integrating care for chronic mental ill-health: the Partners in Recovery Western Sydney Study. International Journal of Integrated Care, 14(9), URN:NBN:NL:UI:10-1-116630.
  • Honey, A., Alchin, S., Hancock, N. (2014). Promoting mental health and wellbeing for a young person with a mental illness: Parent occupations. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 61(3), 194-203. [More Information]
  • Hancock, N., Bundy, A., Honey, A., Helich, S., Tamsett, S. (2013). Measuring the Later Stages of the Recovery Journey: Insights gained from Clubhouse Members. Community Mental Health Journal, 49(3), 323-330. [More Information]
  • Jessup, G., Bundy, A., Broom, A., Hancock, N. (2013). Sampling Social Experiences In School: Feasibility of Experience Sampling Methodology on an iPlatform. Journal of the South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment, 6(1), 79-85.
  • Hancock, N., Bundy, A., Tamsett, S., McMahon, M. (2012). Participation of mental health consumers in research: Training addressed and reliability assessed. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 59(3), 218-224. [More Information]
  • Coniglio, F., Hancock, N., Ellis, L. (2012). Peer Support Within Clubhouse: A Grounded Theory Study. Community Mental Health Journal, 48(2), 153-160. [More Information]
  • Hancock, N., Bundy, A., Honey, A., James, G., Tamsett, S. (2011). Improving measurement properties of the Recovery Assessment Scale with Rasch analysis. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65(6), e77-e85. [More Information]
  • Marshall, S., Deane, F., Hancock, N. (2010). Increasing Research Familiarity Among Members of a Clubhouse for People With Mental Illness. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 16(2), 119-125.
  • Scanlan, J., Hancock, N. (2010). Online discussions develop students' clinical reasoning skills during fieldwork. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 57(6), 401-408. [More Information]
  • Kightley, M., Einfeld, S., Hancock, N. (2010). Routine outcome measurement in mental health: feasibility for examining effectiveness of an NGO. Australasian Psychiatry, 18(2), 167-169. [More Information]
  • Beltran, R., Scanlan, J., Hancock, N., Luckett, T. (2007). The effect of first year mental health fieldwork on attitudes of ocupational therapy students towards people with mental illness. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 54(1), 42-48.

Conferences

  • Smith-Merry, J., Gillespie, J., Hancock, N., Yen, I. (2016). Facilitating recovery in a complex setting? The role of Support Facilitators in achieving the Partners in Recovery outcomes. 2015 TheMHS Conference Proceedings, Australia: TheMHS Learning Network Inc.
  • Honey, A., Alchin, S., Hancock, N. (2014). Knowing what to do and being able to do it: How mental health services influence the strategies parents use to support young people with mental illness. TheMHS Conference.
  • Hancock, N., Cowles, C., Bateman, J., Maraz, S., Sacker, S. (2014). Meeting the physical health needs of people living with mental illness: Current practices within NSW community managed organisations and where to from here. Second World Congress on Integrated Care.
  • Hancock, N. (2014). Recovery Assessment Scale - Domains & Stages (RAS-DS): Measuring individual recovery outcomes and facilitating the process of recovery oriented action planning. Inter-university Neuroscience and Mental Health Conference.
  • Hancock, N., Scanlan, J., Bundy, A., Honey, A. (2014). Recovery Assessment Scale – Domains & Stages (RAS-DS): Measuring individual recovery outcomes and facilitating the process of recovery action planning. TheMHS Conference.
  • Honey, A., Coniglio, F., Hancock, N. (2014). What is 'well-being' for young people with mental illness and how is it influenced by their occupations? 2014 NSW & ACT Conference Occupational Therapy: A Life Practice.
  • Hancock, N., Honey, A., Bundy, A. (2014). What makes activity personally meaningful in the journey of mental health recovery? TheMHS Conference.
  • Honey, A., Hancock, N. (2013). Parenting a young adult with mental illness: tasks and actions. Occupational Therapy Mental Health Forum.
  • Hancock, N., Bundy, A., Honey, A. (2013). What makes occupational engagement meaningful for people who are recovering from serious mental illness? Occupational Therapy Australia, 25th National Conference and Exhibition, Adelaide, Australia: Adelaide Convention Centre.
  • Coniglio, F., Honey, A., Hancock, N., Llewellyn, G. (2012). Indicators of well-being and the voice of young people living with mental illness: how do they compare? TheMHS 2012 Recovering Citizenship, Brookvale: Acorn Press.
  • Coniglio, F., Honey, A., Hancock, N., LLewellyn, G. (2012). Indicators of well-being and the voices of young people living with mental illness: How do they compare? 22nd Annual TheMHS Conference, Sydney: The Mental Health Services Conference Inc. of Australia and New Zealand.
  • Hancock, N., McMahon, M. (2011). Demystifying research: training program for inclusive practice in research. Embedding collaborative research practice into a Clubhouse program. The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) International Conference 2008, Australia: The Mental Health Services.
  • Hancock, N., Tamsett, S. (2011). Sharing the secret knowledge of research: training modules for members. 14th International Clubhouse Seminar 2007, United States: International Center for Clubhouse Development.
  • Coniglio, F., Hancock, N., Ellis, L. (2010). Peer support within Clubhouse: A grounded theory study. World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) International Conference. World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
  • Hancock, N., Bundy, A. (2010). Right to Participation in the Meaningful Occupation of Research: with appropriate training, mental health consumers are reliable interviewers. 15th World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress WFOT 2010, Australia: World Federation of Occupational Therapy.
  • Hancock, N., Bundy, A., Honey, A. (2010). Tracking the Recovery Path - can we predict the steps? AAOT NSW Occupational Therapy in Mental Health Forum, Sydney: Australian Association of Occupational Therapists.
  • Coniglio, F., Hancock, N., Ellis, L. (2009). Peer Support within Clubhouse: A grounded theory study. 19th annual TheMHS conference. The Mental Health Services.
  • Coniglio, F., Hancock, N., Ellis, L. (2009). Peer Support Within Clubhouse: A Grounded Theory Study. Occupational Therapy in the Northern Territory - Australia Northern Territory Conference.
  • Coniglio, F., Hancock, N., Ellis, L. (2009). Peer Support within Clubhouse: A grounded theory study. Inaugural Conference for OT Australia NSW-ACT 2009, Australia: OT Australia NSW.
  • Tamsett, S., McMahon, M., Hancock, N. (2007). Inclusive Practice in Mental Health Research. NSW NGO Mental Health Conference 2007, Australia: Mental Health Coordinating Council.
  • Hancock, N., Bundy, A., Waghorn, G. (2006). Collaborative practice in mental health research. Fifth Research Conference 2006, : University of Sydney.
  • Scanlan, J., McLoughlin, C., Hancock, N. (2006). Design and evaluation of an e-learning environment to support the development and refinement of clinical reasoning and decision-making. 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education ASCILITE 2006, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Scanlan, J., Hancock, N. (2006). Web based academic support for students. WFOT 2006: OTs in action: local and global, Sydney, Australia: University of Sydney.
  • Scanlan, J., Hancock, N. (2005). Enhancing field education through the use of internet-based teaching tools (WebCT). Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference - HERDSA 2005, Sydney: Institute for Teaching and Learning.
  • Scanlan, J., Hancock, N. (2005). WebCT use in cliical education: its impact on the development of lifelong learners. EdHealth Conference 2005, Terrigal: College of Health Sciences.

2016

  • Smith-Merry, J., Gillespie, J., Hancock, N., Yen, I. (2016). Facilitating recovery in a complex setting? The role of Support Facilitators in achieving the Partners in Recovery outcomes. 2015 TheMHS Conference Proceedings, Australia: TheMHS Learning Network Inc.

2015

  • Honey, A., Coniglio, F., Hancock, N. (2015). Conceptualising wellbeing for young people living with mental illness. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 22(6), 278-287. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J., Gillespie, J., Hancock, N., Yen, I. (2015). Doing mental health care integration: A qualitative study of a new work role. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 9(1), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Honey, A., Chesterman, S., Hancock, N., Llewellyn, G., Hazell, P., Clarke, S. (2015). Knowing What to Do and Being Able to Do It: Influences on Parent Choice and Use of Practices to Support Young People Living with Mental Illness. Community Mental Health Journal, 51(7), 841-851. [More Information]
  • Wilkes-Gillan, S., Bundy, A., Cordier, R., Lincoln, M., Hancock, N. (2015). Parents' perspectives on the appropriateness of a parent-delivered intervention for improving the social play skills of children with ADHD. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78(10), 644-652. [More Information]
  • Hancock, N., Scanlan, J., Honey, A., Bundy, A., O'Shea, K. (2015). Recovery Assessment Scale – Domains & Stages (RAS-DS): Its Feasibility and Outcome Measurement Capacity. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 49(7), 624-633. [More Information]
  • Hancock, N., Honey, A., Bundy, A. (2015). Sources of meaning derived from occupational engagement for people recovering from mental illness. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78(8), 508-515. [More Information]

2014

  • Smith-Merry, J., Gillespie, J., Hancock, N., Yen, I. (2014). Integrating care for chronic mental ill-health: the Partners in Recovery Western Sydney Study. International Journal of Integrated Care, 14(9), URN:NBN:NL:UI:10-1-116630.
  • Honey, A., Alchin, S., Hancock, N. (2014). Knowing what to do and being able to do it: How mental health services influence the strategies parents use to support young people with mental illness. TheMHS Conference.
  • Hancock, N., Cowles, C., Bateman, J., Maraz, S., Sacker, S. (2014). Meeting the physical health needs of people living with mental illness: Current practices within NSW community managed organisations and where to from here. Second World Congress on Integrated Care.
  • Honey, A., Alchin, S., Hancock, N. (2014). Promoting mental health and wellbeing for a young person with a mental illness: Parent occupations. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 61(3), 194-203. [More Information]
  • Hancock, N. (2014). Recovery Assessment Scale - Domains & Stages (RAS-DS): Measuring individual recovery outcomes and facilitating the process of recovery oriented action planning. Inter-university Neuroscience and Mental Health Conference.
  • Hancock, N., Scanlan, J., Bundy, A., Honey, A. (2014). Recovery Assessment Scale – Domains & Stages (RAS-DS): Measuring individual recovery outcomes and facilitating the process of recovery action planning. TheMHS Conference.
  • Honey, A., Coniglio, F., Hancock, N. (2014). What is 'well-being' for young people with mental illness and how is it influenced by their occupations? 2014 NSW & ACT Conference Occupational Therapy: A Life Practice.
  • Hancock, N., Honey, A., Bundy, A. (2014). What makes activity personally meaningful in the journey of mental health recovery? TheMHS Conference.

2013

  • Hancock, N., Bundy, A., Honey, A., Helich, S., Tamsett, S. (2013). Measuring the Later Stages of the Recovery Journey: Insights gained from Clubhouse Members. Community Mental Health Journal, 49(3), 323-330. [More Information]
  • Honey, A., Hancock, N. (2013). Parenting a young adult with mental illness: tasks and actions. Occupational Therapy Mental Health Forum.
  • Jessup, G., Bundy, A., Broom, A., Hancock, N. (2013). Sampling Social Experiences In School: Feasibility of Experience Sampling Methodology on an iPlatform. Journal of the South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment, 6(1), 79-85.
  • Hancock, N., Bundy, A., Honey, A. (2013). What makes occupational engagement meaningful for people who are recovering from serious mental illness? Occupational Therapy Australia, 25th National Conference and Exhibition, Adelaide, Australia: Adelaide Convention Centre.

2012

  • Coniglio, F., Honey, A., Hancock, N., Llewellyn, G. (2012). Indicators of well-being and the voice of young people living with mental illness: how do they compare? TheMHS 2012 Recovering Citizenship, Brookvale: Acorn Press.
  • Coniglio, F., Honey, A., Hancock, N., LLewellyn, G. (2012). Indicators of well-being and the voices of young people living with mental illness: How do they compare? 22nd Annual TheMHS Conference, Sydney: The Mental Health Services Conference Inc. of Australia and New Zealand.
  • Hancock, N., Bundy, A., Tamsett, S., McMahon, M. (2012). Participation of mental health consumers in research: Training addressed and reliability assessed. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 59(3), 218-224. [More Information]
  • Coniglio, F., Hancock, N., Ellis, L. (2012). Peer Support Within Clubhouse: A Grounded Theory Study. Community Mental Health Journal, 48(2), 153-160. [More Information]

2011

  • Hancock, N., McMahon, M. (2011). Demystifying research: training program for inclusive practice in research. Embedding collaborative research practice into a Clubhouse program. The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) International Conference 2008, Australia: The Mental Health Services.
  • Hancock, N., Bundy, A., Honey, A., James, G., Tamsett, S. (2011). Improving measurement properties of the Recovery Assessment Scale with Rasch analysis. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65(6), e77-e85. [More Information]
  • Hancock, N., Tamsett, S. (2011). Sharing the secret knowledge of research: training modules for members. 14th International Clubhouse Seminar 2007, United States: International Center for Clubhouse Development.

2010

  • Marshall, S., Deane, F., Hancock, N. (2010). Increasing Research Familiarity Among Members of a Clubhouse for People With Mental Illness. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 16(2), 119-125.
  • Scanlan, J., Hancock, N. (2010). Online discussions develop students' clinical reasoning skills during fieldwork. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 57(6), 401-408. [More Information]
  • Coniglio, F., Hancock, N., Ellis, L. (2010). Peer support within Clubhouse: A grounded theory study. World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) International Conference. World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
  • Hancock, N., Bundy, A. (2010). Right to Participation in the Meaningful Occupation of Research: with appropriate training, mental health consumers are reliable interviewers. 15th World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress WFOT 2010, Australia: World Federation of Occupational Therapy.
  • Kightley, M., Einfeld, S., Hancock, N. (2010). Routine outcome measurement in mental health: feasibility for examining effectiveness of an NGO. Australasian Psychiatry, 18(2), 167-169. [More Information]
  • Hancock, N., Bundy, A., Honey, A. (2010). Tracking the Recovery Path - can we predict the steps? AAOT NSW Occupational Therapy in Mental Health Forum, Sydney: Australian Association of Occupational Therapists.

2009

  • Coniglio, F., Hancock, N., Ellis, L. (2009). Peer Support within Clubhouse: A grounded theory study. 19th annual TheMHS conference. The Mental Health Services.
  • Coniglio, F., Hancock, N., Ellis, L. (2009). Peer Support Within Clubhouse: A Grounded Theory Study. Occupational Therapy in the Northern Territory - Australia Northern Territory Conference.
  • Coniglio, F., Hancock, N., Ellis, L. (2009). Peer Support within Clubhouse: A grounded theory study. Inaugural Conference for OT Australia NSW-ACT 2009, Australia: OT Australia NSW.

2007

  • Tamsett, S., McMahon, M., Hancock, N. (2007). Inclusive Practice in Mental Health Research. NSW NGO Mental Health Conference 2007, Australia: Mental Health Coordinating Council.
  • Beltran, R., Scanlan, J., Hancock, N., Luckett, T. (2007). The effect of first year mental health fieldwork on attitudes of ocupational therapy students towards people with mental illness. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 54(1), 42-48.

2006

  • Hancock, N., Bundy, A., Waghorn, G. (2006). Collaborative practice in mental health research. Fifth Research Conference 2006, : University of Sydney.
  • Scanlan, J., McLoughlin, C., Hancock, N. (2006). Design and evaluation of an e-learning environment to support the development and refinement of clinical reasoning and decision-making. 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education ASCILITE 2006, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Scanlan, J., Hancock, N. (2006). Web based academic support for students. WFOT 2006: OTs in action: local and global, Sydney, Australia: University of Sydney.

2005

  • Scanlan, J., Hancock, N. (2005). Enhancing field education through the use of internet-based teaching tools (WebCT). Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference - HERDSA 2005, Sydney: Institute for Teaching and Learning.
  • Scanlan, J., Hancock, N. (2005). WebCT use in cliical education: its impact on the development of lifelong learners. EdHealth Conference 2005, Terrigal: College of Health Sciences.

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