Associate Professor Karen Liu


Associate Professor in Occupational Therapy


Karen Liu is an occupational therapist who has practiced in Australia, Hong Kong and USA for over 25 years. She received the PhD in 2002 in rehabilitation sciences specialising in neurological rehabilitation. Karen had been an academia since 2001 at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University until February 2012 when she joined the Western Sydney University. Her areas of clinical, teaching and research include physical and neurological rehabilitation, paediatric and geriatric rehabilitation.

Research Interests

Karen's current focus of research includes using mental imagery and self-regulation in rehabilitation, enhancing functional regain in different clinical conditions, using physical activities to enhance people’s cognitive and physical functioning, memory strategies employed to enhance recall for elderly and people with mild cognitive impairments, and strategies for caregivers in assisting people with dementia. She also conducts research in using various strategies to enhance learning for children with developmental disabilities. Besides investigating the clinical efficacy of interventions, Karen also studies the behaviour and neural mechanism of individuals with the purpose of understanding how and why the intervention works.

Qualifications and Recognition

  • PhD Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • MPhil Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • BSc University of London
  • DipOcc The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Research & Publications

Contact Details

Telephone +61 2 4620 3432
Location Building 24, Campbelltown