Professor Leeanne Carey

Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

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My program of research focuses on stroke rehabilitation and recovery: in particular how the brain adapts and how we might harness that potential in rehabilitation. My lens is as a therapist and neuroscientist. I use tools such as MRI to investigate changes in the brain and how this knowledge may be used to better understand recovery and target rehabilitation most optimally to individual stroke survivors. An important focus has been to translate these discoveries into clinical practice and better outcomes for stroke survivors.

I hope my research will enable individuals who have experienced stroke to achieve the capacity to meet the demands of everyday living. Importantly I also want to build research capacity within the field for women and therapists. It is critical that we create viable opportunities to attract these dedicated women to research in a supportive environment that acknowledges and accounts for their other life roles. An occupational therapist, researcher, educator and mentor who has inspired me is Professor Carolyn Baum. Dr Baum from the USA has shared her strengths and commitment to create opportunities for networking and international growth in research while always keeping grounded to the real life needs and life roles of the clients we work with.

Leeanne is the Head, Neurorehabilitation and Recovery, Stroke Division, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and Professor of Occupational Therapy and Discipline Lead, School of Allied Health, La Trobe University.

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