Professor Jenny Ziviani

Professor in Occupational Therapy

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Conjoint Professor

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Affiliate Professor

Mater Research Institute-UQ
Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
j.ziviani@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 51048

Overview

Dr Jenny Ziviani is Associate Professor in Occupational Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

Dr Jenny Ziviani is Associate Professor in Occupational Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She has research and teaching interests in the role of handwriting in emergent literacy for school aged children, time use in children and the impact this has on health and wellbeing particularly for children with developmental disabilities, and rehabilitation outcomes for children with acquired injuries.

Dr Ziviani has a long standing research interest in understanding the contribution of skill acquisition to children’s occupational performance. This has resulted in publications into school based skills such as handwriting, and computer use and more broadly into the way these contribute to emergent literacy. This aspect of her activities has looked at children in the normal transition from home to school and also for children with disabilities such as developmental coordination disorder, spina bifida, and learning difficulties.

In recent times Dr Ziviani has looked more broadly at the way social and technological change has impacted on the way children use their time. She has had a particular interest in the way physical activity has changed as a result of the way children undertake their daily roles and the socio-environmental factors which can impact this involvement. Some of these broader issues are covered in a book she has co-authored and edited – Occupational Therapy with Children: Understanding Children’s Occupations and Enabling Participation, published by Blackwell Publishing in 2006. At a more specific level she is exploring the relationship between time use, activity involvement and psychological health as well as physical health in children. She is undertaking this through the interrogation of large national data sets as well as more focused studies.

Dr Ziviani has actively collaborated with a number of clinical centres to determine how therapists can examine the efficacy and outcomes of rehabilitation practices with children and their families. She has looked at this with various interventions for children with cerebral palsy, head injuries and other traumatic events. Of prime interest here is how functional change can impact participation in home, school and leisure domains. Understanding and measuring participation in children as presented by the World Health Organisation, International Classification of Function (ICF) is central to this process.

Dr Ziviani enjoys working in an interdisciplinary context and has encouraged her postgraduate students to do likewise. She works with collaborators in paediatrics, human movement science, physiotherapy, speech pathology, and education.

Qualifications

  • DipOT, University of New South Wales
  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Education, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (O.T), Victoria IC

Publications

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Ziviani, Jenny and Poulsen, Anne A. (2015). Autonomy in the process of goal setting. In Anne A. Poulsen, Jenny Ziviani and Monica Cuskelly (Ed.), Goal setting and motivation in therapy: engaging children and parents (pp. 40-50) London, United Kingdom: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

  • Graham, Fiona, Rodger, Sylvia and Ziviani, Jenny (2015). Coaching caregivers to enable children's participation: whose goals are they anyway?. In Anne A. Poulsen, Jenny Ziviani and Monica Cuskelly (Ed.), Goal setting and motivation in therapy: engaging children and parents (pp. 100-110) London, United Kingdom: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

  • Poulsen, Anne A., Ziviani, Jenny and Cuskelly, Monica (2015). Competence: feeling confident and effective. In Anne A. Poulsen, Jenny Ziviani and Monica Cuskelly (Ed.), Goal setting and motivation in therapy: engaging children and parents (pp. 61-68) London, United Kingdom: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

  • Ziviani, Jenny, Polatajko, Helene and Rodger, Sylvia (2015). Embedding goal setting in practice: the co-op approach. In Anne A. Poulsen, Jenny Ziviani and Monica Cuskelly (Ed.), Goal setting and motivation in therapy: engaging children and parents (pp. 80-88) London, United Kingdom: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

  • Rodger, Sylvia, Ziviani, Jenny and Lim, Sok Mui (2015). Occupations of childhood and adolescence. In Charles H. Christiansen, Carolyn M. Baum and Julie D. Bass (Ed.), Occupational therapy: performance, participation, and well-being 4th ed. (pp. 129-155) Thorofare, NJ United States: Slack Incorporated.

  • Sakzewski, Leanne, Ziviani, Jenny and Poulsen, Anne A. (2015). The Allure of the Circus: Embedding Goals in a Naturalistic Leisure Environment. In Anne A Poulsen, Jenny Ziviani and Monica Cuskelly (Ed.), Goal setting and motivation in therapy: engaging children and parents (pp. 89-99) London, United Kingdom: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

  • Poulsen, Anne A., Ziviani, Jenny and Cuskelly, Monica (2015). The science of goal setting. In Anne A. Poulsen, Jenny Ziviani and Monica Cuskelly (Ed.), Goal setting and motivation in therapy: engaging children and parents (pp. 28-39) London, United Kingdom: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

  • King, Gillian and Ziviani, Jenny (2015). What does engagement look like? Goal-directed behavior in therapy. In Anne A. Poulsen, Jenny Ziviani and Monica Cuskelly (Ed.), Goal setting and motivation in therapy: engaging children and parents (pp. 70-79) London, United Kingdom: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

  • Greber, Craig, Hinojosa, Jim and Ziviani, Jenny (2013). Achieving success: facilitating skill acquisition and enabling participation. In The art and science of motivation: a therapist's guide to working with children (pp. 123-158) London, United Kingdom: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

  • Ziviani, J. and Poulsen, A. (2013). Connecting: nutriments from the social environment. In Jenny Ziviani, Anne A. Poulsen and Monica Cuskelly (Ed.), The art and science of motivation: a therapist's guide to working with children (pp. 91-122) London, United Kingdom: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

  • Dunn, Winnie and Ziviani, Jenny (2013). Structuring and working with the environment. In The art and science of motivation: a therapist's guide to working with children (pp. 225-248) London, United Kingdom: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

  • Ziviani, Jenny, Poulsen, Anne A. and Cuskelly, Monica (2013). Understanding motivation in the context of engaging children in therapy. In Jenny Ziviani, Anne Poulsen and Monica Cuskelly (Ed.), The art and science of motivation: a therapist's guide to working with children (pp. 23-57) London, United Kingdom: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

  • Crockett, Jonathan, Boyle, Moira and Ziviani, Jenny (2013). What makes it work? A collaboration. In The art and science of motivation: a therapist's guide to working with children (pp. 249-265) London, United Kingdom: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

  • Rodger, Sylvia and Ziviani, Jenny (2012). Autism spectrum disorders: Isn’t a “spectrum” like a rainbow?. In Shelley J. Lane and Anita C. Bundy (Ed.), Kids can be kids: A childhood occupations approach (pp. 483-506) Philadelphia, PA, United States: F. A. Davis Company.

  • Greber, Craig and Ziviani, Jenny (2010). A frame of reference to enhance teaching-learning: The four quadrant model of facilitated learning. In Paula Kramer and Jim Hinojosa (Ed.), Frames of reference for pediatric occupational therapy 3rd ed. (pp. 234-265) Philadelphia, P.A., U.S.A.: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

  • Poulsen, Anne and Ziviani, Jenny M. (2010). Enablement of children's leisure participation. In Sylvia Rodger (Ed.), Occupation-Centred Practice with Children: A Practical Guide for Occupational Therapists (pp. 248-273) Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. doi:10.1002/9781444319699.ch12

  • Ziviani, J. and Wallen, M. (2008). Participation - The Ultimate Challenge. In Eliasson, A. and Burtner, P. (Ed.), Improving hand function in children with cerebral palsy: theory, evidence and intervention 178 ed. (pp. 385-395) London: MacKeith Press.

  • Muchland, S., Lane, A. and Ziviani, J. (2008). Written communication: Clinical decision making for handwriting in children with cerebral palsy. In Eliasson, Ann-Christin and Burtner, Particia (Ed.), Improving Hand Function in Children with Cerebral Palsy: Theory, Evidence and Intervention 1 ed. (pp. 339-356) London: MacKeith Press.

  • Ziviani, Jenny, Desha, Laura and Rodger, Sylvia (2006). Children's occupational time use. In Sylvia Rodger and Jenny Ziviani (Ed.), Occupational Therapy with Children: Understanding Children's Occupations and Enabling Participation (pp. 91-112) Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

  • Poulsen, A. A. and Ziviani, J. M. (2006). Children's participation beyond the school grounds. In S. Rodger and J. Ziviani (Ed.), Occupational Therapy with Children: Understanding Children's Occupations and Enabling Participation (pp. 280-298) Oxford: Blackwell.

  • Macdonald, D., Ziviani, J. M. and Abbott, R. A. (2006). Children's participation in physical activity at school. In S. Rodger and J. Ziviani (Ed.), Occupational Therapy with Children: Understanding Children's Occupations and Enabling Participation (pp. 261-279) Oxford: Blackwell.

  • Rodger, S. A. and Ziviani, J. M. (2006). Children, their environments, roles and occupations in contemporary society. In S. Rodger and J. Ziviani (Ed.), Occupational Therapy with Children: Understanding Children's Occupations and Enabling Participation (pp. 3-21) Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  • Ziviani, J. M. and Rodger, S. A. (2006). Environmental influences on children's participation. In S. Rodger and J. Ziviani (Ed.), Occupational Therapy with Children: Understanding Children's Occupations and Enabling Participation (pp. 41-66) Oxford: Blackwell.

  • Law,, Petrenchik, T., Ziviani, J. M. and King, G. (2006). Participation of children in school and community. In S. Rodger and J. Ziviani (Ed.), Occupational Therapy with Children: Understanding Children's Occupations and Enabling Participation (pp. 67-90) Oxford: Blackwell.

  • Ziviani, J. M. and Muhlenhaupt, M. (2006). Student participation in the classroom. In S. Rodger and J. Ziviani (Ed.), Occupational Therapy with Children: Understanding Children's Occupations and Enabling Participation (pp. 241-260) Oxford: Blackwell.

  • Ziviani, J. M. and Wallen, M. (2006). The Development of Graphomotor Skills. In A. Henderson and C. Pehoski (Ed.), Hand Function in the Child: Foundations for Remediation 2nd ed. (pp. 217-236) Philadelphia, USA: Mosby Elsevier.

  • McBryde, C., Ziviani, J. M. and Cuskelly, M. M. (2006). The transition to school. In S. Rodger and J. Ziviani (Ed.), Occupational Therapy with Children: Understanding Children's Occupations and Enabling Participation 1 ed. (pp. 222-240) Carlton, VIC: Blackwell Publishing.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Completed Supervision