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Professor Ruth Marquis

Ruth is the Professor of Occupational Therapy within the School of Medical and Health Sciences.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 1998.
  • Master of Social Science in Human Services, Edith Cowan University, 1994.
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Western Australian Institute of Technology, 1987.


Recent Research Grants

  • Exploring the different and shared experiences of informal and formal grandparent carers in Western Australia,  Lotterywest,  Grant,  2017 - 2020,  $584,145.
  • Health and Well-Being of Grandchildren Raised by their Grandparents,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Scheme - 2016 Open Round,  2016 - 2019,  $110,739.
  • Factors influencing the reunification of children with their substance-using parents subsequent to their placement in out-of-home care,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Scheme - 2016 Open Round,  2016 - 2017,  $141,899.
  • Promoting social engagement among older people at risk of social isolation,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Healthway - Research Starter Grant,  2014 - 2016,  $29,550.
  • Identifying factors that influence the well-being of grandparents who are primary caregivers of their grandchildren.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2014 (Round 2),  2014 - 2016,  $110,427.
  • Objective measurement of stress in children and parents post burn ,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2015,  2015,  $25,200.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Taylor, M., Marquis, R., Batten, R., Coall, D., (2016), There's no support, it's a nightmare trip, but you cope and you get through it: Custodial grandparents' experiences of raising the child/ren of their incarcerated son/daughter. Crime and violence prevention: Moving beyond hot-stove policing and perpetrator rehabilitation, 137-156, New York, USA, Nova Science Publishers.

Journal Articles

  • Taylor, M., Marquis, R., Coall, D., Werner, J., (2018), The enjoyment rewards of fulfilling a custodial grandparenting role in the lives of grandchildren removed from their parents' care. Child Care in Practice, In Press(In Press), 19p., United Kingdom, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/13575279.2017.1297772.
  • Taylor, M., Marquis, R., Coall, D., Wilkinson, C., (2017), Substance misuse-related parental child maltreatment: Intergenerational implications for grandparents, parents, and grandchildren relationships. Journal of Drug Issues, 47(2), 241-260, Thousand Oaks, United States, Sage Publications Inc, DOI: 10.1177/0022042616683670.
  • Taylor, M., Marquis, R., Coall, D., Batten, R., Werner, J., (2017), The physical health dilemmas facing custodial grandparent caregivers: Policy considerations. Cogent Medicine, 4(February), Article No. 1292594, Abingdon, United Kingdom, Cogent OA, DOI: 10.1080/2331205X.2017.1292594.
  • Papageorgiou, N., Marquis, R., Dare, J., (2016), Identifying the enablers and barriers to community participation amongst older adults. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79(12), 742-751, Sage, DOI: 10.1177/0308022616656195.
  • Taylor, M., Marquis, R., Batten, R., Coall, D., (2016), Understanding the mental health travails of custodial grandparents. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 32(3), 259-280, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/0164212X.2015.1136255.
  • Taylor, M., Coall, D., Marquis, R., Batten, R., (2016), Drug addiction is a scourge on the Earth and my grandchildren are its victims: The tough love and resilient growth exhibited by grandparents raising the children of drug dependent mothers. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 14(6), 937-951, Cross Mark, DOI: 10.1007/s11469-016-9645-7.
  • Papageorgiou, N., Marquis, R., Dare, J., Batten, R., (2016), Occupational Therapy and Occupational Participation in Community Dwelling Older Adults: A Review of the Evidence. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, 34(1), 21-42, Taylor and Francis, DOI: 10.3109/02703181.2015.1109014.
  • Taylor, M., Marquis, R., Batten, R., Coall, D., (2015), Understanding the occupational issues faced by custodial grandparents endeavoring to improve scholastic outcomes for their grandchildren. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, and Early Intervention, 8(4), 319-335, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/19411243.2015.1105169.

Research Student Supervision

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Investigating The Value Of Workplace-endorsed Social Media For Improving Deskbound Employee Physical Activity Program Engagement And Reducing Sedentary Behaviour Health Risks
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