Professor Kate Laver

Professor (Research)

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

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

Professor Kate Laver's research aims to maximise independence and quality of life in older people and people with disabilities. She co-designs, develops, implements and evaluates rehabilitation interventions and new models of care. She has extensive experience working with people with dementia and their families and has led research trials and developed national clinical practice guidelines in this field. She works collaboratively with health professionals and consumers to design and conduct high quality research that meets community needs. She is an experienced, registered occupational therapist.

Kate has a particular interest in the use of technology in health services (virtual care, telehealth, virtual reality). She has postgraduate qualifications in implementation science (UCSF) with expertise leading Australia-wide applied translational research projects.

Professor Laver was the founding 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

Fellow of the Occupational Therapy Australia Research Academy

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 innovative models of care. 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
  • Ageing
  • Allied health
  • Dementia
  • Housing
  • dementia
  • healthy ageing
  • rehabilitation