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Carolyn Dunford

Reader in Occupational Therapy, Brunel University London

I am a Reader in Occupational Therapy at Brunel University London and have been an occupational therapist for 35 years, specialising in working with children/youth and their families. I have a varied clinical and academic background having worked in the NHS for many years as an occupational therapy clinician/researcher. Other roles include Head of Therapy and Research at The Children’s Trust, Charity and Senior Lecturer at York St John University.
My PhD was on outcomes and effectiveness of occupational therapy for children with developmental coordination disorder. My current research interests focus is on implementing evidence-based practice to promote the best outcomes for children and young people and families. I am the founder of the community of practice known as Mind the Gap supporting clinicians to deliver evidence based interventions and closing the research to practice gap.


  • 2018–2023
    Reader in Occupational Therapy, Brunel University London
  • 2010–2018
    Head of Therapy & Research, The Children’s Trust, Tadworth
  • 2007–2010
    Senior Lecturer, York St John University
  • 2006–2007
    Children's Occupational Therapist, Leeds Primary Care Trust