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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

  • Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy Homevisits to Improve Participation after Stroke,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Project Grants,  2018 - 2021,  $1,774,083.
  • 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 - 2020,  $600,000.

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, United States, 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.
  • Murray, C., Stanley, M., (2014), Meta-synthesis demystified: Connecting islands of knowledge. Qualitative research methodologies for occupational science and therapy, 174-189, London, UK, Routledge, DOI: 10.4324/9780203383216.

Journal Articles

  • 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, in press(in press), in press, DOI: 10.1177/0969733017727154.
  • Fairlie, L., Stanley, M., George, E., Sereda, B., Mosewich, A., (2019), Navigating the shift from netballer to former netballer: the experience of retirement from elite netball in Australia. Sport in Society, In Press(In Press), 20p., DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2019.1597856.
  • 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, epub ahead of print(Dec 2018), 16p., United States, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10926-018-9820-8.
  • Hazelwood, T., Baker, A., Murray, C., Stanley, M., (2019), New graduate occupational therapists’ narratives of ethical tensions encountered in practice. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, epub ahead of print(Dec 2018), 9p., Australia, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia, DOI: 10.1111/1440-1630.12549.
  • George, E., Stanley, M., (2019), Exploring the occupational injustices of human trafficking. Journal of Occupational Science, in press(in press), in press, DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2018.1515104.
  • 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, epub ahead of Print(May 2019), S1440-2440(18)31273-8, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2019.05.008..
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Murray, C., Stanley, M., Wright, S., (2014), The transition from clinician to academic in nursing and allied health: A qualitative meta-synthesis. Nurse Education Today, 34(3), 389-395, UK, Churchill Livingstone, DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2013.06.010.
  • Hocking, C., Kronenberg, F., Nayar, S., Stanley, M., Wicks, A., Wilson, L., Wright-St Clair, V., Erlandsson, L., (2014), Addressing diverse occupational needs: What new knowledge do European and New Zealand occupational therapists seek?. New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy, 61(2), 39-47.
  • Stomski, NJ., Mackintosh, SF., Stanley, M., (2014), The experience of acupuncture care from the perspective of people with chronic low back pain: A grounded theory study. Acupuncture in medicine, 32(4), 333-339, DOI: 10.1136/acupmed-2013-010477.
  • Murray , C., Stanley, M., Wright, S., (2014), Weighing up the commitment: A grounded theory of the transition from occupational therapy clinician to academic. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 61(6), 437-445, DOI: 10.1111/1440-1630.12146.
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