Louise Farnworth PhD ’98
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Program: PhD in Occupational Science, Class of 1998
After working as an OT in a prison with forensic psychiatry patients, Dr. Farnworth became interested in issues related to marginalization and social justice. She was inspired to study Occupational Science at USC after hearing a presentation by Ann Wilcock.
Having been involved in research, teaching as well as curriculum development at La Trobe University since 1982, Dr. Farnworth moved to Monash University as the inaugural head of the Department of Occupational Therapy in 2005 to set up a new occupational therapy department and degree that is strongly influenced by occupational science. Through Monash, she is now also involved in setting up a new Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Princess Nora University in Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Farnworth was awarded the Sylvia Docker Lecture in 2003 in recognition by the professional association of her significant contribution to occupational therapy in Australia.