Doctor Caterina Tannous

Doctor Caterina Tannous

DAP - Undergraduate Health Sciences,
Undergraduate Health Science

Undergraduate Health Science


She is the current Director of Undergraduate Health Science in the School of Health Science. She has been involved in interprofessional health science and occupational therapy education for over 20 years. She has extensive experience in curriculum design and delivery for both campus-based and online courses.  She teaches into the first year core interprofessional and occupational therapy subjects. 

Her areas of interest include discipline-specific and interprofessional competencies and skills required for effective practice in the health professions. She is also interested in professional ethics, identity, and interprofessional readiness, university transition and student well-being. She has conducted quantitative and qualitative research projects. Her recent PhD study used a randomised cluster design to investigate the impact of interprofessional education experiences on first year health students. Previous qualitative research as part of a master degree explored decision and choice making by clients with intellectual disability within occupational therapy practice.

Areas of Interest: Professional competencies, occupational therapy practice; disability studies, intellectual disability, interprofessional education, student transition and support

This information has been contributed by Doctor Tannous.


  • PhD University of Wollongong
  • MScOccThpy University of Sydney
  • BAppScOccThpy University of Sydney
  • GCertAppScOccThpy University of Sydney


  • Western Sydney 2015 Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning 2015-11-01
  • EXCELLENCE IN DRIVING CHANGE AND CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT AWARD for leading and driving changes that have led to increased efficiencies, improved processes within the School of Science and Health 2016-08-15
  • UWS Macarthur Developments in Quality Teaching Award 1999-12-01

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Undergraduate Health Science
  • Undergraduate Health Science


  • Academic Senate


Phone: (02) 4620 3341
Location: 24.2.11

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 400249 Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care, 2018
  • 400871 Professional Health Competencies, 2018
  • 400871 Professional Health Competencies, 2020
  • 400907 Occupational Therapy Practice 1, 2018


Journal Articles

  • Pachuau, L., Tannous, C. and Agho, K. (2022), 'Factors associated with knowledge, attitudes, and prevention towards HIV/AIDS among adults 15-49 years in Mizoram, North East India : a cross-sectional study', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol 19, no 1 .
  • Ghimire, P., Akombi, B., Tannous, C. and Agho, K. (2020), 'Association between obesity and miscarriage among women of reproductive age in Nepal', PLoS One, vol 15, no 8 .
  • Carter, K., Tannous, C., Walmsley, S., Rome, K. and Turner, D. (2020), 'Linking the patient experience of foot involvement related to psoriatic arthritis to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health', Rheumatology Advances in Practice, vol 4, no 2 .
  • Carter, K., Tannous, C., Walmsley, S., Rome, K. and Turner, D. (2020), 'Linking the effect of psoriatic arthritis-related foot involvement to the Leeds Foot Impact Scale using the International Classification for Functioning, Disability and Health : a study to assess content validity', Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, vol 13 .
  • Carter, K., Tannous, C., Walmsley, S., Rome, K. and Turner, D. (2019), 'Linking the patient experience of foot involvement related to psoriatic arthritis to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health', Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, vol 78 .
  • Simeoni, E., Gill, B. and Tannous, C. (2002), 'Families in partnership: An exemplary case study in capacity building', Network: The Official Journal of the Australian Psychological Society College of Community Psychologists, vol 13, no 1 , pp 29 - 33.
  • Tannous, C. (2001), 'Therapists as advocates for their clients with disabilities: A conflict of roles?', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, vol 47, no 1 , pp 41 - 46.

Conference Papers

  • Tang, C., Thyer, E., Bye, R., Tannous, C., Kenny, B., Penkala, S., Tulliani, N., Peel, N., Sun, Y., Zhu, X., Dark, L. and Gordon, R. (2021), 'The impact of COVID online learning on first year clinical health students' sense of belonging : student and academic perspectives', Students Transitions Achievement Retention and Success Conference, online.
  • Olson, R. and Tannous, C. (2015), 'Students' perceptions of eMarking : Grademark vs. iAnnotate', Student Transition Achievement Retention Success Conference, Melbourne, Vic..


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Clinical Reasoning in Therapeutic Recreation Practice
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Chinese Herbal Medicine for Insomnia: Experience and Evidence
Field of Research: Traditional Chinese Medicine

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