Professor Clare Hocking is one of the university’s most recent professorial appointments and New Zealand’s first professor in occupational science and therapy.
Following completion of a Master of Health Science (Occupational Therapy) from the University of South Australia in Adelaide, Clare went on to complete her PhD at AUT: The Relationship between Objects and Identity in Occupational Therapy: A Dynamic Balance between Rationalism and Romanticism.
Clare’s current research includes identifying the strategies people with health conditions use to manage their participation in everyday occupations at home and in the community and also occupational therapists’ application of theory in practice.
Clare was an inaugural staff member of AUTs School of Occupational Therapy and co-authored the Minimum Standards for occupational therapy that all occupational therapy programmes must reach internationally, to be recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
Clare has received a number of accolades throughout her career, including the Ruth Zemke Lecture in Occupational Science from the Society for the Study of Occupation, in the USA (2008), the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Merit Award for exemplary service to the Federation (2006), the AUT Vice Chancellor’s Award for the Best Research Team, with Valerie Wright-St. Clair (2004) and the NZAOT Frances Rutherford Lectureship Award, 2003. She is also currently the editor in chief of the Journal of Occupational Science.
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