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Claire MC O'Connor

Research fellow; Conjoint lecturer, UNSW

I currently work as a research fellow with HammondCare and a conjoint lecturer with the University of New South Wales. Prior to this I worked as a research occupational therapist with Frontier, the frontotemporal dementia research group, and was the project coordinator for the Tailored Activity Program study based at the University of Sydney. I completed my PhD at the University of Sydney, investigating how behavioural symptoms impact on function in daily living activities in frontotemporal dementia.


  • 2017–present
    Research fellow, HammondCare
  • 2017–present
    Conjoint lecturer, University of New South Wales
  • 2016–2017
    Research occupational therapist, Neuroscience Research Australia
  • 2012–2016
    Project Coordinator Tailored Activities Program, University of Sydney
  • 2011–2013
    Research Occupational Therapist, Neuroscience Research Australia


  • 2017 
    University of Sydney, PhD
  • 2010 
    University of Sydney, MOT (Hons)
  • 2008 
    Western Sydney University, B. Science (Med)


  • 2017
    Behavioral-variant frontotemporal dementia: distinct phenotypes with unique functional profiles, Neurology
  • 2016
    Longitudinal change in everyday function and behavioral symptoms in frontotemporal dementia, Neurology: Clinical Practice
  • 2016
    Functional disability and the impact of frontotemporal dementia in everyday life, Hodges’ Frontotemporal Dementia (2nd Ed)
  • 2016
    Enhancing caregivers’ understanding of dementia and tailoring activities in frontotemporal dementia: two case studies, Disability and Rehabilitation
  • 2015
    Modified activities acted as a mediator to facilitate engagement and address the needs and personal preferences of people with dementia, Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
  • 2014
    Use of the Tailored Activities Program to reduce neuropsychiatric behaviours in dementia: An Australian protocol for a randomised trial to evaluate its effectiveness, International Psychogeriatrics
  • 2014
    Functional disability in primary progressive aphasia, Aphasiology
  • 2013
    Enhancement of carer skills and patient function in the non-pharmacological management of FTD: A call for randomised controlled studies, Dementia and Neuropsychologia
  • 2011
    Using video simulated presence to reduce resistance to care and increase participation of adults with dementia, American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    Implementation of the Tailored Activity Program at home for people with dementia who have BPSD and their family: i-TAP-Australia
    Funding Source:
    National Health and Medical Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) - Occupational Therapy Board of Australia
  • International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment (ISTAART)
  • International Society for Frontotemporal Dementias (ISFTD)
  • Occupational Therapy Australia