Dr Emmah Doig

Research Fellow in OT

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
e.doig@uq.edu.au
+61 7 344 32692

Overview

Emmah is an experienced occupational therapist who has worked in the field of brain injury rehabilitation in Australia and the United Kingdom across acute, inpatient rehabilitation and community-based rehabilitation in both public and private practice settings. She is an experienced researcher in the field of brain injury rehabilitation, completing her PhD in 2010, which compared the effectiveness of an outpatient brain injury rehabilitation program in home and hospital settings. She has conducted research using quantitative and qualitative methodologies with a particular interest in the use of single case experimental research design to trial effectiveness of interventions in clinical settings. Research interests include goal planning approaches, metacognitive and occupation-based treatment approaches, community integration, outcomes following traumatic and acquired brain injury, and community-based rehabilitation.

Research Impacts

Dr Doig has developed the Client-centredness of Goal Setting Scale (C-COGS), designed to facilitate and evaluate client-centred goal setting practice in brain injury rehabilitation. The C-COGS has attracted national and international interest from clinicians and researchers. Her program of research comparing the outcomes of and exploring client and family experiences of home and centre-based rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury provided evidence to support the development of the Acquired Brain Injury Transitional Research Service established in 2016 in Queensland. Dr Doig is also a co-founder of BRAINSPAN (the Brain Impairment Clinician and Researcher Peer Network), a multidisciplinary network which brings together clinicians and researchers in the field of brain injury across Australia to share knowledge and skills and encourage the translation of research findings into clinical practice. Dr Doig has recently co-developed the 'Knowledge Translation (KT) and Impact Planning Instructional Guide: Choose Your Own Adventure', developed to help researchers plan strategies for knowledge synthesis, dissemination of research findings, engagement with end-users in research, implementation planning and impact planning.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Honours, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • Previous pilot studies by our project team have demonstrated that occupation-based, metacognitive approaches have promise for improving self-awareness, executive function and goal attainment in people with traumatic brain injury living in the community. This project would further evaluate the effectiveness of this intervention approach with people with brain injury.

  • Intensive neurological rehabiltiation delivered by specialist, multi-professional teams is recommended for people with acquired brain injury. An interdisicplinary approach incorporating person-centred goal setting to co-ordinate, plan and deliver brain injury rehabiltiation is recommended. In practice, well functioning interdisciplinary teams that effectively involve patients with brain injury in goal setting are challenging to achieve. This project would explore the implementation of interdisciplinary goal setting and rehabilitation in Australian and identify the processes and factors which enable reahbiltiation teams to effectively implement interdisciplinary approaches.

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Doig, Emmah and Fleming, Jennifer (2014). Occupation-based, client-centred approach to goal planning and measurement. Rehabilitation goal setting: theory, practice and evidence. (pp. 181-212) edited by Richard J. Siegert and William M. M. Levack. Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/b17166

  • Kuipers, Pim and Doig, Emmah (2011). Community based rehabilitation. International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation. (pp. *-*) edited by Maurice Blouin and John Stone. New York, NY, United States: Cirrie.

  • Doig, E. and Kuipers, W. (2008). Continuity and change in Rehabilitation: The shift towards community-based services. Health Care Practice in Australia: policy, context and innovation. (pp. 202-219) edited by Puddingburn Publishing Services. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Previous pilot studies by our project team have demonstrated that occupation-based, metacognitive approaches have promise for improving self-awareness, executive function and goal attainment in people with traumatic brain injury living in the community. This project would further evaluate the effectiveness of this intervention approach with people with brain injury.

  • Intensive neurological rehabiltiation delivered by specialist, multi-professional teams is recommended for people with acquired brain injury. An interdisicplinary approach incorporating person-centred goal setting to co-ordinate, plan and deliver brain injury rehabiltiation is recommended. In practice, well functioning interdisciplinary teams that effectively involve patients with brain injury in goal setting are challenging to achieve. This project would explore the implementation of interdisciplinary goal setting and rehabilitation in Australian and identify the processes and factors which enable reahbiltiation teams to effectively implement interdisciplinary approaches.