Dr Annie McCluskey
Dr Annie McCluskey is an occupational therapist and a health services researcher. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney.
Since 2001 Dr McCluskey has received $2 million in funding and published over 40 peer reviewed articles with co-investigators, including three randomised controlled trials. Studies have been published in high impact journals such as Stroke, Implementation Science, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and BMC Health Services Research.
Research interests include: studies measuring the effect and outcomes of occupational therapy interventions such as hand splinting, handwriting training, motor rehabilitation, and pre-discharge home visits; studies evaluating change in practice and knowledge following EBP/outcome measurement education; handwriting assessment and training, and methods for helping professionals to implement evidence.
Dr McCluskey is sub-editor of Critically Appraised Papers for the Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, as well as a reviewer and Editorial Board member for that journal. She is also an Editorial Board for the journal Brain Impairment.
Dr McCluskey is co-developer of the occupational therapy evidence database known as 'OTseeker' (http://www.otseeker.com/). This internationally acclaimed database enables occupational therapists to access evidence at no cost. OTseeker contains over 7,500 records of randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews relevant to occupational therapy. Dr McCluskey and co-developers from the University of Queensland have published 12 peer reviewed papers to date using data contained in OTseeker. These studies identify research priorities and gaps in stroke rehabilitation, paediatrics and injury rehabilitation research.
Dr McCluskey currently supervises 4 postgraduate students, with 5 completions to date (PhD/MSc) and 17 honours student completions.
Teaching and Service Responsibilities
- Graduate and undergraduate lectures and workshops on stroke and community rehabilitation, social participation, outcome measurement, evidence-based practice, and implementation of evidence into practice.
- Course Coordinator (Undergraduate Occupational Therapy, Assessment and Curriculum).
- 2011-2012 units of study: OCCP 1097 (Analysing occupational performance0; OCCP 1099 (Occupational Performances: Healthcare 1); OCCP 2085 (Occupational Performance: Home and Family); OCCP 5207 (Asessing OT evidence).
- Hamam N, McCluskey A, Cooper-Robbins S (On-Line early, Accepted August 2011). Sex after stroke: A content analysis of printable educational materials available online. International Journal of Stroke.
- Gozzard, M, McCluskey, A, Lannin,N., van Drempt, N (2012). Handwriting in healthy adults aged 20 to 24 years. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 19(1), 31-41
- Burger, D, & McCluskey, A (2011). Australian norms for handwriting speed in healthy adults aged 60 to 99 years. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 58(5), 355-363.
- van Drempt, N., McCluskey, A & Lannin, N.A. (2011). A review of factors that influence adult handwriting performance. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 58(5), 321-328.
- van Drempt, N., McCluskey, A & Lannin, N.A. ( 2011). Handwriting in healthy people aged 65 years and over. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 58(4), 276-286.
- Christie, L, Bedford, R., & McCluskey, A (2011). Task-specific practice of dressing tasks improved dressing performance post-stroke: A feasibility study. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 58(5), 364-369.
- McCluskey, A., & Middleton, S. ( 2010). Increasing delivery of an outdoor journey intervention to people with stroke: A feasibility study involving five community rehabilitation teams. Implementation Science, 5: 59.
- Shepperd, S., McClaran, J., Phillips, C.O., Lannin, N.A., Clemson, L.M., McCluskey, A., Cameron, I.D., Barras, S.L. (2010). Discharge planning from hospital to home. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2010 Issue 1.
2011-2013: Disseminating research evidence to occupational therapists: OTseeker (10/997)
Funded by: Motor Accidents Authority of NSW ($211,500)
Investigators: Bennett, McCluskey, Hoffmann, Tooth
2010-2011: The Out-and-About Trial: Improving the quality of life by increasing outdoor journeys after stroke
Funded by NHMRC Project Grant ($566,600)
Investigators: McCluskey, Ada, Middleton, Goodall, Grimshaw, Kelly
2011 - 2012: Feasibility of a home-based program to improve handwriting legibility after stroke: A pilot randomised trial
Funded by: National Stroke Foundation ($20,000)
Investigators: Simpson, McCluskey, Lannin
2011 – 2012: A closer look at arm rehabilitation: a study investigating the dosage of therapeutic exercise and upper limb outcomes after stroke
Funded by: National Stroke Foundation ($19,601)
Investigators: Vratsistas, McCluskey, Sherrington, Scrivener, Schurr
2008 – 2012: Optimising rehabilitation outcomes
Funded by: Ingham Health Research Institute ($200,000)
Investigators: Schurr, Dorsch, Sherrington, McCluskey, Togher