Key Note Speakers

Dr Carolyn Dunford

Senior Lecturer, Brunel University London

Carolyn has been an occupational therapist for children and young people for over 30 years.She currently works at Brunel University London as a senior lecturer in Occupational Therapy. Carolyn has a varied clinical and academic background having worked in the NHS for many years as an occupational therapy clinician/researcher. Other roles include Head of Therapy and Research at The Children’s Trust, Tadworth and senior lecturer at York St John University. Carolyn’s PhD was titled “Occupational therapy for children with developmental coordination disorder (dyspraxia): outcomes and effectiveness”. She is passionate about children and young people’s participation, clinically based research and developing outcome measures that capture the multi-faceted results from rehabilitation interventions. Carolyn’s recent research interests include supporting clinicians to deliver evidence based interventions, closing the research to practice gap, plus a student group based project on handwriting as an occupation.


Dr Liam Hill

Lecturer, University of Leeds

Dr Liam Hill is a Lecturer in Developmental Psychology at the University of Leeds. His research investigates motor development and how it interacts and influences cognitive development, academic attainment and mental health. He is particularly interested in how these process interact in the early childhood and inform children’s learning and behaviour. Since 2012, he has worked closely with the Born in Bradford Longitudinal Cohort and over this time has become increasingly interested in understanding how inherited and environmental factors (genetic, socioeconomic, cultural) and physical health shape the context within which development takes place. Ultimately his work aims to improve the support we provide to children, both with and without developmental difficulties, as they learn the fundamentally important social, cognitive and motor skills that underpin health, wellbeing and academic success.