Professor of Occupational Science and Therapy
School of Clinical Sciences
Professor Clare Hocking became New Zealand's first professor in occupational science and therapy in 2010.
Following completion of a Master of Health Science (Occupational Therapy) from the University of South Australia in Adelaide, Clare completed 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. Her scholarship focuses on occupational justice and occupation for population health.
Clare was an inaugural staff member of AUT's School of Occupational Therapy and co-authored the 2002 Minimum Standards for the Education of Occupational Therapists, which are the basis for approval of occupational therapy programmes internationally. In her role as Chair of the WFOT International Advisory Group: Human Rights, Clare continues to actively influence the development of the Standards.
Clare holds adjunct appointments at Plymouth University and Chiang Mai University in Thailand, and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Western Ontario, Canada; Institute for Advanced Studies in Social Ethics, Austria; Brenau University, USA; Canterbury Christ Church College, UK; Sør-Trøndelag University College, Norway; and Otago Polytechnic.
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 has served as the Executive Editor of the Journal of Occupational Science since 1997.
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