Dr Nicola Hancock

BAppSc(OT) and PhD
Lecturer, Occupational Therapy

C43J - J Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney

Telephone 9351 9379
Fax 9351 9197

Website PIEL
Mental Health

Biographical details

Der Hancock has a strong mental health background: clinical practice, education, research and instrument development. 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.
Dr Hancock has already established a strong mental health research background. Her recently completed PhD is titled "Measuring Mental Health Recovery: Collaborating with Consumers".

Through her PhD study, Nicola has developed expertise in instrument testing and development as well as qualitative research methods. Dr Hancock used participatory action research methods throughout her thesis and this required the collaborative development of research training modules with which to skill-up and empower consumer-researchers on her team.

Dr Hancock is engaged in a number of additional 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, the impact of fieldwork education upon students' attitudes towards people living with mental illness, meaningful occupation and mental health recovery. Dr Hancock has also researched and published in the teaching and learning field, examining the impact of on-line resources and peer-discussions upon the development of students' clinical reasoning skills during fieldwork placements. She has supervised a number of honours students and is the associate supervisor of a current PhD candidate. Dr Hancock has been awarded research grants to forward her mental health research work, an Australian Rotary Health Research Fund grant and a Schizophrenia Fellowship Research Fund grant.

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

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 Fund/Research Grant.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • 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, Online journal(1440-1630.12111). [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]
  • Scanlan, J., Hancock, N. (2011). The impact of online discussions on students' clinical reasoning skills during fieldwork. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

2014

  • 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, Online journal(1440-1630.12111). [More Information]
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • Scanlan, J., Hancock, N. (2011). The impact of online discussions on students' clinical reasoning skills during fieldwork. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal.

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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