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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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Higgs, Joy and Turpin, Merrill (2019). Learning to use evidence to support decision making. Clinical reasoning in the health professions. (pp. 465-474) edited by Joy Higgs, Gail Jensen, Stephen Loftus and Nicole Christensen.London, United Kingdom: Elsevier.

  • de Jonge, Desleigh and Turpin, Merrill (2019). Models of occupational therapy. An occupational therapists guide to home modification practice. (pp. 41-62) edited by Elizabeth Ainsworth and Desleigh de Jonge.Thorofare, NJ, United States: Slack .

  • Turpin, Merrill and Copley, Jodie (2018). Interactive reasoning. Clinical and professional reasoning in occupational therapy. (pp. 245-260) edited by Barbara A. Boyt Schell and John W. Schell.Philadelphia, PA, United States: Wolters Kluwer.

  • Turpin, Merrill and Hanson, Debra (2018). Learning professional reasoning in practice through fieldwork. Clinical and professional reasoning in occupational therapy. (pp. 439-460) edited by Barbara A. Boyt Schell and John W. Schell.Philadelphia, PA, United States: Wolters Kluwer.

  • Turpin, Merrill (2018). Models of occupational therapy. An occupational therapist’s guide to home modification practice. (pp. 41-61) edited by Elizabeth Ainsworth and Desleigh De Jonge.Thorofare, NJ, United States: Slack.

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

  • Turpin, Merrill (2017). Occupational therapy practice models. Occupational therapy for people experiencing illness, injury or impairment: promoting occupation and participation. (pp. 115-133) edited by Michael Curtin, Mary Egan and Jo Adams.Edinburgh, United Kingdom: Elsevier.

  • Turpin, Merrill (2017). Occupational therapy practice models and frames of reference. Occupational therapy in Australia: professional and practice issues. (pp. 185-201) edited by Ted Brow, Helen Bourke-Taylor, Stephen Isbel and Reinie Courtier.Sydney, Australia: Allen & Unwin.

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

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

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

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision