Dr Merrill Turpin

Senior Lecturer in Occ Therapy

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
m.turpin@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56491

Overview

Dr Turpin’s research centres on the clinical/professional reasoning of occupational therapists across the spectrum of experience from new graduates to experts, as well as the subjective experiences of people with disabilities (particularly in the area of Multiple Sclerosis). She specialises in the use of qualitative research methods and uses a variety of qualitative research methods in her own research, as well advising others on these research methods. Dr Turpin has written books and book chapters on occupational therapy models of practice, evidence-based practice, and clinical reasoning, as well as publications on various aspects of people's experience. Dr Turpin has been a teaching and research academic at The University of Queensland since 1992. The connection between theory and practice is central to her research and teaching. As occupational therapists attend to both thinking and experience, they need to use rigorous thinking and a deep understanding of human experience in their practice.

Research Impacts

Dr Turpin works closely with Queensland Heath regarding supporting the clinical reasoning of occupational therapists with a range of experience. She also works with MS Qld (multiple sclerosis) to use personal and occupational therapy understandings to improve the lives of people with Multiple Sclerosis.

Qualifications

  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Occupational Therapy, The University of Queensland
  • GDipCouns, Brisbane College of Advanced Education
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2017) Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Copley, Jodie, Bennett, Sally and Turpin, Merrill (2017). Decision‐making for occupation‐centred practice with children. In Sylvia Rodger and Anne Kennedy-Behr (Ed.), Occupation-centred practice with children: a practical guide for occupational therapists Second edition ed. (pp. 349-372) Oxford, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Turpin, Merrill and Higgs, Joy (2013). Clinical reasoning and evidence-based practice. In Tammy Hoffmann, Sally Bennet and Chris Del Mar (Ed.), Evidence-Based Practice across the Health Professions 2nd ed. (pp. 300-317) Sydney, NSW Australia: Elsevier.

  • Turpin, Merrill and Higgs, Joy (2010). Clinical reasoning and evidence-based practice. In Tammy Hoffmann, Sally Bennett and Chris Del Mar (Ed.), Evidence-based practice across the health professions (pp. 300-317) Sydney, Australia: Elsevier.

  • Copley, Jodie, Bennett, Sally and Turpin, Merrill (2010). Decision Making for Occupation-centred Practice with Children. In Sylvia Rodger (Ed.), Occupation-centred practice with children: A practical guide for occupational therapists (pp. 320-341) Oxford, UK: Wiley - Blackwell. doi:10.1002/9781444319699.ch15

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision