Associate Professor Kate Laver

Associate Professor

College of Medicine and Public Health

+61 8 7221 8335
place Flinders Medical Centre (Rehab, FMC 4W112)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am a past NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow and current ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow. I work collaboratively with health professionals, patients and the public to design and conduct high quality and relevant research. I develop, test and implement rehabilitation interventions designed to optimise function and quality of life, especially in older people.

I have an interest in technology use in rehabilitation and urgent care including virtual reality and telehealth. I have postgraduate qualifications in implmentation science with expertise in leading applied translational research projects.

I am an experienced and registered occupational therapist. I am Co-Chair of the FHMRI Consumer Advisory Board.

Full list of publications via Google Scholar


B App Sc (OT), M Clin Rehab, Certificate in Implementation Science (UCSF), PhD

Honours, awards and grants

ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellowship (DECRA), 2020

NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship, 2016

Norington Lecture Award, awarded by the Rehabilitation Medicine Society Australia and New Zealand, 2019

Flinders University Vice Chancellor's early career research prize, 2015

AICD - Foundations of Directorship, 2020

National Stroke Foundation New Investigator Award, 2011

Key responsibilities

Leads projects which test the efficacy of rehabilitation interventions or technological application in rehabilitation. Knowledge translation activities. Supervision of higher degree research students. Available to speak at community events.

Supervisory interests
Evidence based implementation
Knowledge translation
Occupational therapy
Use of technology in health care:
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: occupational therapy, assistive technology, mixed methods research (1), knowledge translation in dementia care (1)
Associate supervisor: Use of technology to increase adherence to therapy programs after stroke (1), Knowledge translation - delirium prevention post hip fracture (1)
Expert for media contact
Allied health
healthy ageing
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Media expertise
  • Allied health
  • dementia
  • healthy ageing
  • rehabilitation