Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Melissa Nott

Dr Melissa Nott

PhD, BAppSc(OT) Hons

Melissa joined Charles Sturt University in 2011 as a member of the lecturing team in occupational therapy. Prior to working at CSU, Melissa worked in a Clinical Research position in brain injury rehabilitation and as an Occupational Therapy Lecturer and Honours Coordinator at the University of Sydney.

Melissa has interests in the areas of occupational performance, occupational analysis and intervention, and working with people who have complex needs following brain impairment including activity limitation dues to cognitive and sensory-motor impairments. Melissa completed her Doctor of Philosophy in 2008, thesis titled "Occupational performance and information processing in adults with agitation following brain injury". Melissa has a strong commitment to post-graduate research students, professional education and training, and mentoring of occupational therapy clinicians

Positions and Roles
  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
  • Subject Coordinator (OCC201 - Occupational Therapy Processes)

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Teaching

Melissa has contributed to curriculum review of undergraduate and graduate entry masters programs for occupational therapy. She demonstrates a consistent desire to seek and integrate student feedback as well as ensuring clinical relevance of curriculum content.

Subject Delivery
  • OCC201 - Occupational Therapy Processes (Subject Coordinator)
  • OCC300 - Enabling Strategies: Working with individuals (Subject Contribution)
Innovations in Teaching

Melissa prepares students for working in clinical based, multidisciplinary teams by creating opportunities for interprofessional learning, understanding roles of different health practitioners and the unique contribution of occupational therapists in multidisciplinary teams. Multi-media and web-based learning materials form a key component to content delivery; ensuring students can access relevant and current best practice information.

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Research and Publications

Melissa's research interests derive from the areas of clinical practice that she has worked in for more than 10 years. Research collaborations focus on the following areas of study:

  • Information processing following brain injury (1103)
  • Occupation based interventions for adults with brain impairment (1103)
  • Community integration (1103)
  • Upper-limb spasticity management (1103)
  • Autonomic nervous system dysfunction following brain injury – paroxysmal sympathetic hyperactivity (1109)
Current Research Projects
  • C Chapparo, H Barden (The University of Sydney) I Baguley, A Walker, J Hummell, J Hunt, J McGregor, S Pearce, M Sproats (Westmead Hospital) Independent living skills: an evaluation of occupational therapy intervention and process.
  • C Chapparo, H Barden (The University of Sydney) I Baguley (Westmead Hospital) Functional assessment of upper-limb spasticity – multicentre clinical study. Funding Body: IPSEN Australia.
  • I Baguley, C Boyle (Westmead Hospital) S Meares, J Batchelor (Macquarie University), R Heriseanu, J Middleton, G Weber (Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney) Effects of dual diagnosis, Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), on medical and functional outcomes 5 years post-injury - multicentre clinical study. Funding Body: Lifetime Care and Support Authority.
  • I Baguley (Westmead Hospital), G Simpson (Liverpool Hospital), C King, S Browne (Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney) Long term mortality trends following traumatic brain injury – multicentre study. Funding Body: Lifetime Care and Support Authority.
Current Higher Degree Research Students
  • Hannah Barden    PhD  
    Functional Assessment of Upper Limb Spasticity
  • Matthew Sproats    Masters  
    What is the effect of a cognitive strategy application treatment on upper limb prosthetic use? 
Lit of Publications  
  • Barden HLH, Nott MT, Baguley IJ, Heard  R,  Chapparo C. Clinical assessment of hand motor performance after acquired brain injury with dynamic computerized hand dynamometry: construct, concurrent and predictive. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2012; 93(12):2257-2263.
  • Imms C, Nott MT. Invited commentary: Single subject experimental design study demonstrated Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) improved performance of self-selected goals in adults with chronic stroke. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 2012; 59(6), 467-468.
  • Nott MT, Chapparo C. Exploring validity of the Perceive, Recall, Plan and Perform System of Task Analysis: cognitive strategy use in adults with brain injury. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2012; 75(6):256-263.
  • Baguley IJ, Nott MT, Howle AA, Simpson GK, Browne S, King AC, Cotter RE, Hodgkinson A. Late mortality after severe traumatic brain injury in New South Wales: a multicentre study. Medical Journal of Australia. 2012; 196(1): 40-45. With editorial; 196(1): 9-10.
  • Howle AA, Nott MT, Baguley IJ. Aspiration pneumonia following severe TBI; prevalence and risk factors for long-term mortality. Brain Impairment. 2011; 12(3), 179-186.
  • Baguley IJ, Nott MT, Turner-Stokes L, De Graaff S, Katrak P, McCrory P, de Abadal M, Hughes A. Investigating muscle selection for botulinum toxin-A injections in adults with post-stroke UL spasticity. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. 2011; 43(11), 1032-1037.
  • Perkes IE, Menon DK, Nott MT, Baguley IJ. Paroxysmal Sympathetic Hyperactivity after acquired brain injury: a review of diagnostic criteria. Brain Injury. 2011; 25(10), 925-932.
  • Wallen M, Nott MT. Invited commentary: Motor-Free Visual Perception Test: 3rd edition exhibits multidimensionality and it may not be possible to validly interpret overall scores of visual perception ability in adults. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 2011; 58(4), 318-319.
  • O'Connor C, Smith R, Nott MT, Lorang C, Mathews RM. Using video simulated presence to reduce resistance to care and increase participation of adults with dementia. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias. 2011; 26(4), 317-325.
  • Baguley IJ, Nott MT, Barden HLH. The Use of Computerised Dynamometry to quantify functional grip and release in people post stroke: a pilot study. Open Rehab Journal. 2010; 3, 75-82.
  • Perkes IE, Baguley IJ, Nott MT, Menon DK. A review of paroxysmal sympathetic hyperactivity after acquired brain injury. Annals of Neurology. 2010; 68(2), 126-135.
  • Walker AJ, Nott MT, Doyle M, Onus M, McCarthy K, Baguley IJ. Effectiveness of a group anger management programme after severe TBI. Brain Injury. 2010; 24(3), 517-524.
  • Nott MT, Chapparo C, Heard R, Baguley IJ. Patterns of agitated behaviour during acute brain injury rehabilitation. Brain Injury. 2010; 24(10), 1214-1221.
  • Baguley IJ, Heriseanu R, Nott MT, Chapman J, Sandanam J. Dysautonomia following severe traumatic brain injury: evidence of persisting over-responsiveness to afferent stimuli. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2009; 88(8): 615-622.
  • Nott MT, Chapparo C, Heard R. Reliability of the Perceive, Recall, Plan and Perform System of Task Analysis: a criterion referenced assessment. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 2009; 56:307-314.
  • Baguley IJ, Nott MT, Slewa-Younan S, Heriseanu R, Perkes, IE. Diagnosing Dysautonomia following acute traumatic brain injury: evidence for over-responsiveness to afferent stimuli. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2009; 90:580-586.
  • Baguley IJ, Nott MT, Slewa-Younan. Long-term mortality trends in functionally dependent adults following severe traumatic-brain injury. Brain Injury. 2008; 22(12), 919-925.
  • Slewa-Younan S, van den Berg S, Baguley IJ, Nott MT, Cameron I. Towards an understanding of sex differences in functional outcome following moderate to severe TBI. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. 2008; 79(11), 1197-1201.
  • Nott MT, Chapparo C, Heard R. Effective occupational therapy intervention with adults demonstrating agitation during PTA. Brain Injury. 2008; 22(9), 669-683.
  • Nott MT, Chapparo C. Measuring information processing in a client with extreme agitation following traumatic brain injury using the Perceive, Recall, Plan and Perform System of Task Analysis. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 2008; 55(3), 188-198.
  • Baguley IJ, Heriseanu RE, Cameron ID, Nott MT, Slewa-Younan S. A critical review of the pathophysiology of Dysautonomia following traumatic brain injury. Neurocritical Care. 2008; 8:293-300.
List of Conference Abstracts and Proceedings
  • Nott MT. Assessing cognitive strategy use in adults with brain injury during everyday functional tasks. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 2102; 26 (6): 785.
  • Nott MT, Barden HLH, Baguley I. Goal attainment following upper-limb botulinum toxin-A injections: are we achieving client centred goals? Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 2102; 26 (6): 666.
  • Barden HLH, Nott MT, Baguley IJ, Chapparo C, Heard  R. Measuring hand performance following botulinum toxin-a injections: a novel computerised approach. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 2102; 26 (6): 796.
  • Crippin W, Ranka J, Nott MT, Barden HLH, Baguley I. Functional evaluation of upper limb performance following Botulinum Toxin-A injections as measured by the ULPA. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 2102; 26 (6): 665.
  • Nott MT, Barden HLH, Baguley I. Goal attainment following upper-limb botulinum toxin-A injections: are we achieving client centred goals? Brain Injury 2012; 26(4-5):607-608.  
  • Barden HLH, Nott MT, Baguley IJ, Chapparo C, Heard  R. Sensitively measuring change in hand performance following botulinum toxin-a injections for the management of upper limb spasticity. Brain Injury 2012; 26(4-5):587-588.  
  • Crippin W, Ranka J, Nott MT, Barden HLH, Baguley I. Functional evaluation of upper limb performance following Botulinum Toxin-A injections as measured by the ULPA. Brain Injury 2012; 26(4-5):606-607.
  • Nott MT, Jones A, Heriseanu R, Boyle C, Weber G, Mears S, Middleton J, Batchelor J, Baguley IJ. The impact of dual diagnosis: spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury.  Journal of Neurotrauma. 2011; 28(6):A38.
  • Baguley IJ, Nott MT. Quantitating heart rate response to nociceptive stimuli in paroxysmal sympathetic hyperactivity. Journal of Neurotrauma. 2010; 27(5):A85.
  • Perkes IE, Menon DKM, Nott MT, Baguley IJ. Paroxysmal sympathetic hyperactivity: the need for a single set of diagnostic criteria. Journal of Neurotrauma. 2010; 27(5):A85.
  • Barden HLH, Nott MT, Chapparo C, Baguley IJ. Evaluating the effects of UMN lesions on hand grasp and release in adults with brain impairment. Journal of Neurotrauma. 2010; 27(5):A39.
  • Nott MT, Barden HLH, Baguley IJ, Chapparo C. Goal attainment following upper-limb botulinum toxin-A injections: are we facilitating achievement of client centred goals? Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 2011; 58(Suppl 1): 2.
  • Barden HLH, Nott MT, Baguley IJ, Chapparo C. Measurement of upper limb spasticity: test-retest reliability. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 2011; 58(Suppl 1): 2.
  • MT Nott, Chapparo C. Thinking strategically: an innovative approach to neurorehabilitation. Brain Impairment. 2009; 10(1): 125.
    Awarded The Luria Encouragement Award for Outstanding PhD Presentation.
  • Nott MT, Chapparo C. Linking cognitive capacities to occupational performance areas. Brain Impairment. 2009; 10(1): 125.

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Community Engagement

Melissa is a regular contributor to peer-reviewed journals as an author and reviewer for occupational therapy specific and general rehabilitation journals. These include:

  • Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
  • British Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • Journal of Trauma Management and Outcomes
  • Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation  
  • Brain Injury
  • Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Memberships and Affiliations
  • Registered member of the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia

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