Karen Stagnitti PhD, BOccThy, GCHE. Karen is an occupational therapist by training who has a very strong interest in children’s play.
Karen graduated with Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland in the late 1970’s. Since this time she has mainly worked in community based paediatric settings as part of specialist early childhood intervention teams. Through this work she has worked with families, children, preschool and kindergarten teachers, early primary school teachers, doctors, paediatricians, speech therapists, occupational therapists, paediatric physiotherapists, psychologists, social workers, dieticians, specialist early childhood workers and early childhood workers.
In the early 1990’s she became serious about researching children’s play.
In 2003 she was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy from LaTrobe University. Her research work has primarily been about working out how to measure a child’s pretend play within the confines of clinical practice. The result of this research has been the Child-Initiated Pretend Play Assessment (ChIPPA). Since 2003 Karen has continued to research children’s play including further studies on the reliability and validity of the ChIPPA as well as an intervention play therapy program called Learn to Play. Karen is currently an Associate Professor at an Australian University.