Mental health and participation outcomes for children and youth with cerebral palsy

Research Opportunity
PhD students
Department / Centre
Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof Christine Imms Personal web page

Summary Mental health and participation outcomes for children and youth with cerebral palsy

Project Details

Mental health problems and participation restrictions are frequently reported for children with disabilities. There is little information on the long-term relationships between mental health and participation in the presence of child-onset disability, or about how mental health is affected by rehabilitation services provided for these children and families.

This collaborative program of research is being led by a Swedish research team (Prof. Mats Granlund) and will investigate relations between participation and factors affecting participation with a focus on mental health and services provided to children with disabilities who have mental health problems.

The program is in two parts: (i) children will be followed for 5 years to collect long-term outcome data on participation and mental health; and (ii) children, parents and professionals will collaborate to develop and evaluate methods for involving children and parents in the (re)habilitation intervention process.

There is an opportunity for an Australian doctoral scholarship (with stipend) within this program of work with a particular focus on outcomes for adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy. We hope to recruit a high-quality allied health, psychology or medical professional into this PhD position and experience in disability is desirable. Interested applicants should email Professor Christine Imms at

Faculty Research Themes

Child Health

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine

Research Opportunities

PhD students
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Graduate Research application

Honours application

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Department / Centre


Research Node

Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

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