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.
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.
Health and Well-Being of Grandchildren Raised by their Grandparents, Edith Cowan University, ECU Industry Collaboration Scheme - 2016 Open Round,
2016 - 2017, $110,739.
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,
Recent Publications (within the last five years)
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.
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.
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.
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., 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.
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
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