Associate Professor Leanne Sakzewski

Principal Research Fellow

Child Health Research Centre
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 344 36407


Leanne Sakzewski is an Associate Professor at the Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland. Leanne completed her undergraduate training in the field of occupational therapy at the University of Queensland. Prior to entering research, she practiced as a senior occupational therapist for eighteen years in paediatric rehabilitation and child development. She completed her PhD in 2010 from The University of Queensland in the field of upper limb rehabilitation for children with cerebral palsy, and achieved a Dean's Commendation for outstanding Research Higher Degree.

Research interests

Leanne's research interests are in the conduct of randomised clinical trials in the field of cerebral palsy and childhood onset acquired brain injuries. In particular, she has focused on randomised controlled trials of:

* upper limb training approaches for infants and children with unilateral cerebral palsy;

* intensive models of motor training to improve gross motor and manual abilities for children with bilateral cerebral palsy;

* participation-focused intervention to increase physically active leisure for children with cerebral palsy;

* social skills group-based program for adolescents with brain injuries.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Sakzewski, Leanne, Ziviani, Jenny and Poulsen, Anne A. (2015). The Allure of the Circus: Embedding Goals in a Naturalistic Leisure Environment. Goal setting and motivation in therapy: engaging children and parents. (pp. 89-99) edited by Anne A Poulsen, Jenny Ziviani and Monica Cuskelly. London, United Kingdom: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

  • Boyd, Roslyn N. and Sakzewski, Leanne (2013). Assessment tools to measure upper-limb function and impact of therapy. Handbook of pediatric Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT): a guide for occupational therapy and health care clinicians, researchers and educators. (pp. 89-112) edited by Sharon Landesman Ramey, Patty Coker-Bolt and Stephanie C. DeLuca. Bethesda, MD, USA: American Occupational Therapy Association.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision