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Associate Professor Mandy Stanley

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2389, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.260
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2389
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.260  


Mandy is Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy in the School of Medical and Health Sciences.


Associate Professor Mandy Stanley has extensive experience as an occupational therapy academic having spent nearly 30 years working at the University of South Australia. Mandy is known internationally for her contributions to occupational therapy and occupational science. She is a National Assessor of occupational therapy programs for the Occupational Therapy Council and is the OTAustralia nominee on the OTC Program Accreditation Committee, an Associate Editor for the Journal of Occupational Science and President of the Editorial Board, and is Co-convenor for the National Occupational Therapy Australia conference in Sydney in 2019, having been Scientific program convenor for the 2017 conference in Perth.

Professional Associations

  • OTAustralia
  • Australian Association of Gerontology
  • Australasian Society for Occupational Scientists

Research Areas and Interests

Occupational therapy theory, occupational science, older people, well-being, participation, qualitative research methodologies.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of South Australia, 2006.


Recent Research Grants

  • Develop a systematic profiling of neurological conditions that will facilitate personalised treatment and streamline service delivery,  Multiple Sclerosis Society of Western Australia,  MS WA - Research funding for social and applied research,  2019 - 2021,  $1,200,000.
  • Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy Homevisits to Improve Participation after Stroke,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Project Grants,  2018 - 2021,  $1,816,058.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Stanley, M., (2019), The lived experience of occupational adaptation: Adaptation in the wake of adversity, life transitions, and change. Adaptation Through Occupation: Multidimensional Perspectives, 175-192, Thorofare, NJ, USA, Slack Incorporated.
  • Stanley, M., (2015), Qualitative descriptive: A very good place to start. Qualitative research methodologies for occupational science and therapy, 21-36, London, UK, Routledge, DOI: 10.4324/9780203383216.

Journal Articles

  • Wallis, A., Meredith, P., Stanley, M., (2020), Cancer care and occupational therapy: A scoping review. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, epub ahead of print(Jan), 23p., DOI: 10.1111/1440-1630.12633.
  • Raj, S., Stanley, M., Mackintosh, S., Fryer, C., (2020), Scope of occupational therapy practice for adults with both Down syndrome and dementia: A cross-sectional survey. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 67(3), 218-228, DOI: 10.1111/1440-1630.12645.
  • Batten, R., Liddiard, K., Raynor, A., Brown, C., Stanley, M., (2020), Cross-Sectional Survey of Sleep Practices of Australian University Students. Nature and Science of Sleep, 12(2020), 39-48, DOI: 10.2147%2FNSS.S221472.
  • Fairlie, L., Stanley, M., George, E., Sereda, B., Mosewich, A., (2020), Navigating the shift from netballer to former netballer: the experience of retirement from elite netball in Australia. Sport in Society, 23(7), 1100-1118, DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2019.1597856.
  • Hazelwood, T., Baker, A., Murray, C., Stanley, M., (2019), New graduate occupational therapists’ narratives of ethical tensions encountered in practice. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 66(3), 283-291, Australia, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia, DOI: 10.1111/1440-1630.12549.
  • Murray, C., Van Kessel, G., Guerin, M., Hillier, S., Stanley, M., (2019), Exercising Choice and Control: A Qualitative Meta-synthesis of Perspectives of People With a Spinal Cord Injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 100(9), 1752-1762, Philadelphia, United States, W.B. Saunders Co, DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2019.01.011.
  • Hazelwood, T., Murray, CM., Baker, A., Stanley, M., (2019), Ethical tensions: A qualitative systematic review of new graduate perceptions. Nursing Ethics: an international journal for health care professionals, 26(3), 884-902, DOI: 10.1177/0969733017727154.
  • Luker, J., Worley, A., Stanley, M., Uy, J., Watt, A., Hillier, S., (2019), The evidence for services to avoid or delay residential aged care admission: a systematic review. BMC Geriatrics, 19(2019), Article number 217, DOI: 10.1186/s12877-019-1210-3.
  • George, E., Stanley, M., (2019), Exploring the occupational injustices of human trafficking. Journal of Occupational Science, 26(3), 394-407, DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2018.1515104.
  • O'Keefe, S., Stanley, M., Adam, K., Lannin, N., (2019), A Systematic Scoping Review of Work Interventions for Hospitalised Adults with an Acquired Neurological Impairment. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 29(3), 569-584, United States, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10926-018-9820-8.
  • Roberts, A., Greenwood, D., Stanley, M., Humberstone, C., Iredale, F., Raynor, A., (2019), Coach knowledge in talent identification: A systematic review and meta-synthesis. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 22(10), 1163-1172, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2019.05.008.
  • Ong, M., Baker, A., Aguilar, A., Stanley, M., (2019), The meanings attributed to community gardening: A qualitative study. Health and Place, 59(September 2019), Article number 102190, DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.102190.
  • Scanlan, J., Lannin, N., Hoffmann, T., Stanley, M., McDonald, R., (2018), Impact of adjusting for inter-rater variability in conference abstract ranking and selection processes. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 65(1), 54-62, DOI: 10.1111/1440-1630.12440.
  • Cahill, M., Robinson, K., Pettigrew, J., Galvin, R., Stanley, M., (2018), Qualitative synthesis: A guide to conducting a meta-ethnography. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81(3), 129-137, DOI: 10.1177/0308022617745016.
  • Lynch, H., Stanley, M., (2018), Beyond words: Using qualitative video methods for researching occupation with young children. Occupation Participation and Health, 38(1), 56-66, DOI: 10.1177/1539449217718504.
  • Sellar, B., Murray, C., Stanley, M., Stewart, H., Hipp, H., Gilbert-Hunt, S., (2018), Mapping an Australian Occupational Therapy curriculum: Linking intended learning outcomes with entry-level competency standards. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 65(1), 35-44, DOI: 10.1111/1440-1630.12430.
  • Berndt, A., Murray, C., Kennedy, K., Stanley, M., Gilbert-Hunt, S., (2017), Effectiveness of distance learning strategies for continuing professional development (CPD) for rural allied health practitioners: A systematic review. BMC Medical Education, 17(1), article no.117, DOI: 10.1186/s12909-017-0949-5.
  • Stanley, M., Richard, A., Williams, S., (2017), Older peoples’ perspectives on time spent alone. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 64(3), 235-242, DOI: 10.1111/1440-1630.12353.
  • Gibbs, DP., Boshoff, K., Stanley, M., (2016), The acquisition of parenting occupations in neonatal intensive care: A preliminary perspective. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 83(2), 91-102, DOI: 10.1177/0008417415625421.
  • Jenkin, K., Sellar, B., Stanley, M., Thomas, K., (2016), How sustainable development is understood in World Federation of Occupational Therapy policy. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79(8), 505-513, DOI: 10.1177/0308022615623555.
  • Nayar, S., Stanley, M., (2015), Occupational adaptation as a social process in everyday life. Journal of Occupational Science, 22(1), 26-38, DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2014.882251.
  • Maywald, A., Stanley, M., (2015), Prescribing mobility scooters in Australia: Occupational therapists' narratives. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 62(2), 86-92, DOI: 10.1111/1440-1630.12131.
  • Gibbs, D., Boshoff, K., Stanley, M., (2015), Becoming the parent of a preterm infant: A meta-ethnographic synthesis. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78(8), 475-487, DOI: 10.1177/0308022615586799.
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