Doctor Kristy Coxon

Doctor Kristy Coxon

Academic Course Advisor, Occupational Therapy,
Occupational Therapy

Senior Lecturer,
Occupational Therapy

Biography

Dr Kristy Coxon is a registered occupational therapist with a PhD in Public Health from the University of Sydney.  She graduated from the University of Western Sydney Macarthur (UWS) in 1999 with first class honours and the university medal. Since graduation, Kristy has gained 20 years’ experience in clinical practice, education and research. Clinically, Kristy worked in Western Sydney across the health care continuum in acute, rehabilitation and outpatient occupational therapy services.  Kristy has been involved in program development, program evaluation, and represented allied health on area wide collaboratives in clinical care.

Kristy began her academic career when she joined Western Sydney University in 2005, and secured a permanent position as lecturer in occupational therapy in 2006.  Kristy became the Academic Course Advisor for the occupational therapy program in 2015.  In this role, Kristy provides integrated academic advice and support to students at all stages of the occupational therapy program.  She is committed to providing a student-centric service to help students identify and plan their educational needs and goals, while navigating administrative requirements, to promote success in their studies and a positive student experience.   Kristy teaches first year students in core occupational therapy theory and practice skills, and co-ordinates first year practice education.  She enjoys supervising and guiding PhD, Masters and honours students in their research.  Kristy also holds a research fellow position in the Injury Division of The George Institute for Global Health, and is a member of the Translational Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University.

Kristy's PhD research evaluated the effectiveness of an individualised program to promote safety and maintain mobility for drivers aged 75 years and older. This research has helped inform policy and practice in the area and bought about important insights into ways to assist older people maintain community mobility regardless of their driving status. Kristy has an ongoing program of research with older drivers including a four year follow up study of a large cohort of community-living older drivers and investigation into their use of seat belt and seat accessories. Kristy is also exploring the use of powered two-wheeled motorbikes in children.  She has established a strong research profile in the areas of transport, community mobility, safety and injury prevention.  Her research is driven by a strong interest in optimising participation and independence while preserving safety in community groups.  Kristy has presented papers at conferences both nationally and internationally, and has over 26 peer-reviewed publications and reports. 

This information has been contributed by Doctor Coxon.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Sydney
  • BAppScOT University of Western Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • SPHERE Age and Ageing Clinical Academic Group (2017)
  • SPHERE Musculoskeletal Health Clinical Academic Group (2017)
  • Translational Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University (2017)
  • Occupational Therapy Australia (1998)
  • Australian Association of Gerontology (2018)

Interests

  • Community mobility
  • Driving and Riding
  • Engagement in meaningful occupations
  • On-road safety
  • Participation, inclusion and well-being

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy

Committees

  • Blue Datto Advisory Board

Contact

Email: K.Coxon@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 4620 3754
Mobile:
Location: 24.2.54
Campbelltown

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 400907 Occupational Therapy Practice 1, 2018

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Coxon, K., Hunter, K., Chevalier, A., Brown, J., Clarke, E., Rogers, K., Boufous, S., Ivers, R. and Keay, L. (2020), 'Behind the wheel : process evaluation of a safe-transport program for older drivers delivered in a randomized controlled trial', Journal of Applied Gerontology, vol 39, no 9 , pp 954 - 965.
  • Kersten, M., Coxon, K., Hoe, L. and Wilson, N. (2020), '"In their own time" : parents gently push their autistic youth towards independent community mobility and participation', Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, vol 50, no 8 , pp 2806 - 2818.
  • Whyte, T., Kent, N., Keay, L., Coxon, K. and Brown, J. (2020), 'Frontal crash seat belt restraint effectiveness and comfort accessories used by older occupants', Traffic Injury Prevention, vol 21, no 1 , pp 60 - 65.
  • Kersten, M., Coxon, K., Lee, H. and Wilson, N. (2020), '[In Press] Developing community mobility and driving with youth on the autism spectrum : a psychosocial perspective', Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, .
  • Sran, R., Keay, L., Coxon, K., McAuley, J., Whyte, T. and Brown, J. (2020), '[In Press] Population-level incidence and use-related factors of comfort and orthopedic accessories among older vehicle occupants in NSW, Australia', Journal of Applied Gerontology, .
  • Keay, L., Coxon, K., Chevalier, A., Brown, J., Rogers, K., Clarke, E. and Ivers, R. (2018), 'Sex differences evident in self-reported but not objective measures of driving', Accident Analysis and Prevention, vol 111 , pp 155 - 160.
  • Dillon, L., Clemson, L., Coxon, K. and Keay, L. (2018), 'Understanding the implementation and efficacy of a home-based strength and balance fall prevention intervention in people aged 50 years or over with vision impairment : a process evaluation protocol', BMC Health Services Research, vol 18, no 1 .
  • Penkala, S., El-Debal, H. and Coxon, K. (2018), 'Work-related musculoskeletal problems related to laboratory training in university medical science students : a cross sectional survey', BMC Public Health, vol 18, no 1 .
  • Brown, J., Coxon, K., Fong, C., Clarke, E., Rogers, K. and Keay, L. (2017), 'Seat belt repositioning and use of vehicle seat cushions is increased among older drivers aged 75 years and older with morbidities', Australasian Journal on Ageing, vol 36, no 1 , pp 26 - 31.
  • Chevalier, A., Coxon, K., Chevalier, A., Clarke, E., Rogers, K., Brown, J., Boufous, S., Ivers, R. and Keay, L. (2017), 'Predictors of older drivers' involvement in rapid deceleration events', Accident Analysis and Prevention, vol 98 , pp 312 - 319.
  • Chevalier, A., Coxon, K., Rogers, K., Chevalier, A., Wall, J., Brown, J., Clake, E., Ivers, R. and Keay, L. (2017), 'Predictors of older drivers' involvement in high-range speeding behavior', Traffic Injury Prevention, vol 18, no 2 , pp 124 - 131.
  • Coxon, K., Chevalier, A., Brown, J., Clarke, E., Billot, L., Boufous, S., Ivers, R. and Keay, L. (2017), 'Effects of a safe transportation educational program for older drivers on driving exposure and community participation : a randomized controlled trial', Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, vol 65, no 3 , pp 540 - 549.
  • Brown, K., Cameron, I., Keay, L., Coxon, K. and Ivers, R. (2017), 'Functioning and health-related quality of life following injury in older people : a systematic review', Injury Prevention, vol 23 , pp 403 - 411.
  • Chevalier, A., Clarke, E., Chevalier, A., Brown, J., Coxon, K., Ivers, R. and Keay, L. (2017), 'Perils of using speed zone data to assess real world compliance to speed limits', Traffic Injury Prevention, vol 18, no 8 , pp 845 - 851.
  • Allan, C., Coxon, K., Bundy, A., Peattie, L. and Keay, L. (2016), 'DriveSafe and DriveAware assessment tools are a measure of driving-related function and predicts self-reported restriction for older drivers', Journal of Applied Gerontology, vol 35, no 6 , pp 583 - 600.
  • Fong, C., Keay, L., Coxon, K., Clarke, E. and Brown, J. (2016), 'Seat belt use and fit among drivers aged 75 years and older in their own vehicles', Traffic Injury Prevention, vol 17, no 2 , pp 142 - 150.
  • Chevalier, A., Coxon, K., Chevalier, A., Wall, J., Brown, J., Clarke, E., Ivers, R. and Keay, L. (2016), 'Exploration of older drivers' speeding behaviour', Transportation Research. Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, vol 42, no 3 , pp 532 - 543.
  • Chevalier, A., Coxon, K., Rogers, K., Chevalier, A., Wall, J., Brown, J., Clarke, E., Ivers, R. and Keay, L. (2016), 'A longitudinal investigation of the predictors of older drivers' speeding behaviour', Accident Analysis and Prevention, vol 93 , pp 41 - 47.
  • Chevalier, A., Chevalier, A., Clarke, E., Wall, J., Coxon, K., Brown, J., Ivers, R. and Keay, L. (2016), 'Naturalistic speeding data : drivers aged 75 years and older', Data in brief, vol 8 , pp 136 - 141.
  • Chevalier, A., Chevalier, A., Clarke, E., Coxon, K., Brown, J., Rogers, K., Boufous, S., Ivers, R. and Keay, L. (2016), 'Naturalistic rapid deceleration data : drivers aged 75 years and older', Data in Brief, vol 9 , pp 909 - 916.
  • Coxon, K., Chevalier, A., Lo, S., Ivers, R., Brown, J. and Keay, L. (2015), 'Behind the wheel : predictors of driving exposure in older drivers', Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, vol 63, no 6 , pp 1137 - 1145.
  • Coxon, K., Chevalier, A., Lo, S., Ivers, R., Brown, J. and Keay, L. (2015), 'Behind the wheel : confidence and naturalistic measures of driving exposure amoung older drivers', Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, vol 2516 , pp 35 - 43.
  • Coxon, K. and Keay, L. (2015), 'Behind the wheel : community consultation informs adaption of safe-transport program for older drivers', BMC Research Notes, vol 8, no 1 .
  • Keay, L., Coxon, K., Brown, J., Clarke, E., Boufous, S., Bundy, A., Lo, S. and Ivers, R. (2013), 'A randomized trial to evaluate the effectiveness of an individual, education-based safe transport program for drivers aged 75 years and older', BMC Public Health, vol 13, no 1 .
  • Meredith, L., Brown, J., Clarke, E., Coxon, K., Boufus, S., Ivers, R. and Keay, L. (2013), 'Validation of an in-vehicle monitoring device for measuring driving exposure and deceleration events', Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, vol 24, no 1 , pp 42 - 50.

Conference Papers

  • Coxon, K., Keay, L., Fong, C., Clarke, E. and Brown, J. (2014), 'The use of seat belt cushion accessories among drivers aged 75 years and older', Australiaisian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference, Melbourne, Vic..
  • Olney, I., Bye, R., Coxon, K., Coe, R. and Bissett, M. (2010), 'OT's Collaborating in IT: A team approach to improving learning and teaching using a staged implementation of technology', Ascilite Sydney 2010, Sydney.

Kristy is currently conducting a randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of an individualised program to promote safety and maintain mobility for drivers aged 75 years and older.  Using in-vehicle monitoring as objective measurement of driving exposure, this study will be able to detect changes in driving exposure and safety between groups.  Kristy is also involved in reseach evaluating seat belt fit in drivers aged 75 years and older, use of add-on seat belt and seat accessories by older drivers and use of powered two-wheeled motorbikes in childen

This information has been contributed by Doctor Coxon.

Current Projects

Title: Increasing older drivers' competency and confidence in use of advanced vehicle technologies (AVT)
Funder:
  • University of New South Wales
Western Researchers: Kristy Coxon and Karen Liu
Years: 2019-08-01 - 2021-06-30
ID: P00025937

Previous Projects

Title: Evaluation of the Blue Datto Keeping SafeTM program for year 10 school students: A pilot study
Funder:
  • Blue Datto Foundation Limited
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Kristy Coxon and Karen Liu
Years: 2016-08-20 - 2017-08-19
ID: P00023600
Title: Strategies used by caregivers to help people with dementia
Funder:
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District
Western Researchers: Karen Liu, Rosalind Bye and Kristy Coxon
Years: 2017-04-03 - 2018-04-02
ID: P00024055
Title: Blue Datto Keeping Safe Program for year 10 school students
Funder:
  • Transurban Limited
Western Researchers: Karen Liu and Kristy Coxon
Years: 2018-04-01 - 2018-11-30
ID: P00024631

Supervision

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Advanced Vehicle Technology (AVT) and older drivers: Evidence, attitudes and perceived effect on driving function
Field of Research:

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