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Cahill LS, Carey LM, Mak-Yuen Y, et al.  (2021). Factors influencing allied health professionals’ implementation of upper limb sensory rehabilitation for stroke survivors: a qualitative study to inform knowledge translation. BMJ Open 2021;0:e042879. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2020-042879

Hillier, S., Verheyden, G., Sullivan, J.E., Carey, L. (2021) The Sensing Brain: The role of sensation in rehabilitation and training. Frontiers in Neuroscience, section Perception Science. 25 January 2021.


Cahill, L.S., Carey, L.M., Lannin, N.A., Turville, M., Neilson, C.L., Lynch, E.A., McKinstry, C.E., Han, J.X., & O’Connor, D. (2020). Implementation interventions to promote the uptake of evidence-based practices in stroke rehabilitation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 6, CD012575.

Carey, L. M., Mak-Yuen, Y.Y.K., Matyas, T.A. (2020). The functional Tactile Object Recognition Test: A unidimensional measure with excellent internal consistency for haptic sensing of real objects after stroke. Frontiers in Neuroscience. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2020.542590

Haslam, B. S., Butler, D. S., & Carey, L. M. (2020). Novel insights into stroke pain beliefs and perceptions. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 27(5), 344-353. doi: 10.1080/10749357.2019.1701177

Haslam, B. S., Butler, D. S., & Carey, L. M. (2020). Chronic pain following stroke: Current treatment and perceived effect. Disability and Health, in press. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2020.100971


Carey, L.M., Walsh, A., Adikari, A., Goodin, P., Alahakoon, D., De Silva, D., Ong, K-L., Nilsson, M., & Boyd, L. (2019). Finding the intersection of neuroplasticity, stroke recovery and learning: scope and contributions to stroke rehabilitation. Neural Plasticity. doi:10.1155/2019/5232374

Gopaul, U., van Vliet, P., Callister, R., Nilsson, M., & Carey, L. M. (2019). COMbined Physical and somatoSEnsory training after stroke: Development and description of a novel intervention to improve upper limb function. Physiotherapy Research International, 24(1), e1748. doi: 10.1002/pri.1748

Lamp, G., Goodin, P., Palmer, S., Low, E., Barutchu, A., & Carey, L.M. (2019). Activation of bilateral secondary somatosensory cortex with right hand touch stimulation: A meta-analysis of functional neuroimaging studies. Frontiers in Neurology. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2018.01129

McLean, B., Girdler, S., Taylor, S., Valentine, J., Carey, L., & Elliott, C. (2019). Experience of engagement in a somatosensory discrimination intervention for children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy: A qualitative investigation. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 22(5), 348-358. doi:10.1080/17518423.2018.1503620

Taylor, S., Girdler, S. McCutcheon, S., McLean, B., Parsons, R., Falkmer, T., Jacoby, P., Carey, L.M., Elliott, C. (2019). Haptic exploratory procedures of children and youth with and without cerebral palsy. Physical & Occupational Therapy In Pediatrics, 39(3), 337-351, DOI: 10.1080/01942638.2018.1477228

Turville, M.L., Cahill, L.S., Matyas, T.A., Blennerhassett, J.M., & Carey, L.M. (2019). The effectiveness of somatosensory retraining for improving sensory function in the arm following stroke: a systematic review. Clinical Rehabilitation, 33(5), 834-846. doi:10.1177/0269215519829795

Turville, M.L., Walker, J., Blennerhassett, J.M., & Carey, L.M. (2019). Experiences of upper limb somatosensory retraining in persons with stroke: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Frontiers of Neuroscience. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2019.00756


Cahill, L.S., Lannin, N.A., Mak-Yuen, Y., Turville, M.L. & Carey, L.M. (2018). Changing practice in the assessment and treatment of somatosensory loss in stroke survivors: protocol for a knowledge translation study. BMC Health Services Research, 18(34). doi: 10.1186/s12913-018-2829-z

Carey, L.M., Matyas, T.A. & Baum, C. (2018). Effects of somatosensory impairment on participation after stroke. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(3), 1-10. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2018.025114

Goodin, P., Lamp, G., Vidyasagar, R., McArdle, D., Seitz, R. J. & Carey, L.M. (2018). Altered functional connectivity differs in stroke survivors with impaired touch sensation following left and right hemisphere lesions. NeuroImage: Clinical, 18, 342-355. doi: 10.1016/j.nicl.2018.02.012

McLean, B., Blakeman, M., Carey, L.M., Ward, R., Novak, I., Valentine, J., Blair, E., Taylor, S., Bear, N., Bynevelt, M., et al. (2018). Discovering the sense of touch: protocol for a randomised controlled trial examining the efficacy of a somatosensory discrimination intervention for children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. BMC Pediatrics, 18(252). doi: 10.1186/s12887-018-1217-5

McLean, B., Girdler, S., Taylor, S., Valentine, J., Carey, L.M. & Elliott, C. (2018). Experience of Engagement in a Somatosensory Discrimination Intervention for Children with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy: A Qualitative Investigation. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 22(5), 348-358. doi: 10.1080/17518423.2018.1503620

Ramanathan, S.A., Reeves, P., Deeming, S., Bernhardt, J., Nilsson, M., Cadilhac, D., Walker, R., Carey, L.M, Middleton, S., Lynch, E., & Searles, A. (2018). Implementing a protocol for a research impact assessment of the Centre for Research Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery. Health Research Policy and Systems, 16(71). doi: 10.1186/s12961-018-0349-2

Taylor, S., Girdler, S., Parsons, R., McLean, B., Falkmer, T., Carey, L.M., Blair, E. & Elliot, C. (2018). Construct validity and responsiveness of the functional Tactile Object Recognition Test for children with cerebral palsy. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 65(5), 420-430. doi: 10.1111/1440-1630.12508

Taylor, S., McClean, B., Blair, E., Carey, L.M., Valentine, J., Girdler, S. & Elliot, C. (2018). Clinical acceptability of the sense_assess © kids: children and youth perspectives. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 65(2), 79-88. doi: 10.1111/1440-1630.12429

Turville, M, Matyas, T., Blennerhassett, J.M. & Carey, L.M. (2018). Initial severity of somatosensory impairment influences response to upper limb sensory retraining post-stroke. NeuroRehabilitation, 43(4), 413-423. doi: 10.3233/NRE-182439

Walmsley, C. Taylor, S., McClean, B., Carey, L.M. & Elliot., C. (2018). What is the current practice of therapists in the measurement of somatosensation in children with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders? Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 65(2), 89-97. doi: 10.1111/1440-1630.12431


Cahill, L.S., Carey, L.M., Lannin, N.A., Turville, M. L. & O’Connor, D. (2017). Implementation interventions to promote the uptake of evidence-based practices in stroke rehabilitation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 3, CD012575. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD012575

Carey, L.M. (2017). Review on somatosensory loss after stroke. Critical Reviews in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, 29(1-4), 1-41. doi: 10.1615/CritRevPhysRehabilMed.v29.i1-4.10

McLean, B., Taylor, S., Blair, E., Valentine, J., Carey, L.M. & Elliott, C. (2017). Somatosensory discrimination intervention improves body position sense, and motor performance for children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(3), 7103190060. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2016.024968

Turville, M. Carey, L.M., Matyas, T.A. & Blennerhassett, J. (2017). Change in functional arm use is associated with somatosensory skills after sensory retraining poststroke. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(3), 7103190070. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2017.024950


Carey, L.M., Abbott, D.F., Lamp, G., Puce, A., Seitz, R.J. & Donnan, G.A. (2016). Same intervention-different reorganisation: The impact of lesion location on training-facilitated somatosensory recovery after stroke. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 30(10), 988-1000. doi: 10.1177/1545968316653836

Carey, L.M., Lamp, G. & Turville, M., (2016). The state-of-the-science on somatosensory function and its impact on daily life in adults, older adults and following stroke: a scoping review. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 36(2), 27S-41S. doi: 10.1177/1539449216643941

Taylor, S., McLean, B., Falkmer, T., Carey, L.M., Girdler, S., Blair, E. & Elliot, C. (2016). Does somatosensation change with age in children and adolescents? A systematic review. Child: Care, Health & Development, 42(6), 809-824. doi: 10.1111/cch.12375

Wolf, S.L., Kwakkel, G., Bayley, M., McDonnell, M.N., Baum, C., Blanton, S., Carey, L.M., Deutsch, J., Eng, J., Hager, C., Lang, C., Levin, M.F., MacKay-Lyons, M., Pomeroy, V., Richards, C.L., Salbach, N., Salter, K., Stinear, C., Teasell, B., Vliet, P.V. & Winstein, C.J., (2016). Best practice for arm recovery post-stroke: An international application. Physiotherapy, 102(1), 1-4, doi: 10.1016/


Bannister, L.C., Crewther, S.G, Gavrilescu, M. & Carey, L.M. (2015). Improvement of touch sensation after stroke is associated with resting state functional connectivity changes. Frontiers in Neurology Stroke, 6(165). doi: 10.3389/fneur.2015.00165

Ben-Shabat, E., Matyas, T., Pell, G.S., Brodtmann, A. & Carey, L.M. (2015). The right supramarginal gyrus is important for proprioception in healthy and stroke-affected participants: A functional MRI study. Frontiers in Neurology, 6(248). doi: 10.3389/fneur.2015.00248

Carey, L.M. (2015). Person factors: sensory. In C. H. Christiansen, C. M. Baum, & J. Bass (Eds.), Occupational Therapy: Enabling Performance, Participation, and Well-being (4th edition, pp. 249-265). Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated. ISBN: 9781617110504

Dunn, W., Griffith, J.W., Sabata, D., Morrison, T., MacDermid, J.C., Darragh, A., Schaaf, R., Dugeon, B., Connor, L.T., Carey, L.M. & Tanquary, J. (2015). Measuring change in somatosensation across the lifespan. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69(3), 1–9. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2015.014845

Pumpa, L., Cahill, L.S. & Carey, L.M. (2015). Somatosensory assessment and treatment after stroke: An evidence-practice gap. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 62(2), 93-104. doi: 10.1111/1440-1630.12170


Carey, L. M. (2014). Core concepts in sensory impairment and recovery following stroke. In T. Wolf (Ed.), Stroke: Interventions to Support Occupational Performance (pp. 95-118). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press. ISBN: 978-156900-364-0

Carey, L.M. (2014). Loss of somatic sensation. In M. Selzer, S. Clarke, L. Cohen, G. Kwakkel, & R. Miller (Eds.), Textbook of Neural Repair and Rehabilitation (2nd Edition, pp. 298-311). Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

Dunn, W., Griffith, J.W., Morrison, M.T., Tanquary, J., Sabata, D., Victorson, D., Carey, L.M. & Gershon, R.C. (2013). Somatosensation assessment using the NIH Toolbox. Neurology, 80, S41-S44. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3182872c54

Carey, L.M. (2012). Touch and body sensations. In L. Carey (Ed.), Stroke Rehabilitation: Insights from Neuroscience and Imaging (pp. 157-172). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-979788-2.

Carey, L. M., Macdonell, R., & Matyas, T. (2011). SENSe: Study of the Effectiveness of Neurorehabilitation on Sensation. A randomized controlled trial. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 25(4), 304-313. doi: 10.1177/1545968310397705

Carey, L.M., Abbott, D.F., Harvey, M.R., Puce, A., Seitz, R.J. & Donnan, G.A. (2011). Relationship between touch impairment and brain activation after lesions of subcortical and cortical somatosensory regions. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 25(5), 443-457. doi: 10.1177/154968310395777

Carey, L.M. & Matyas, T.A. (2011). Frequency of discriminative sensory loss in the hand after stroke. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 43(3), 257-263. doi: 10.2340/16501977-0662

Carey, L.M., Blennerhassett, J. & Matyas, T. (2010). Evidence for the retraining of sensation after stroke remains limited. Critically Appraised Papers. Commentary. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 57, 200-202. doi: 10.1177/1545968310397705

Puce, A. & Carey, L.M. (2010). Somatosensory function. In L. B. Weiner & W. E Craighead (Eds.), The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology (4th edition, pp. 1678-1680). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN: 978-0-470-17024-3

Blennerhassett, J. M., Carey, L. M. & Matyas, T.A. (2008). Impaired discrimination of sensory information about slip between object and skin is associated with handgrip limitation poststroke. Brain Impairment. Special Issue: Stroke Rehabilitation, 9(2), 114-121.

Carey, L.M. & Matyas, T.A. (2008). Effectiveness of sensory discrimination training when delivered by family members. Brain Impairment. Special Issue: Stroke Rehabilitation, 9(2), 140-151. doi: 10.1375/brim.9.2.140

Blennerhassett, J.M., Matyas, T.A., & Carey, L.M. (2007). Impaired discrimination of surface friction contributes to pinch grip deficit after stroke. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 21(3), 263-72. doi: 10.1177/1545968306295560

Blennerhassett, J.M., Carey, L.M., & Matyas, T.A. (2006). Grip force regulation during pinch grip lifts under somatosensory guidance: comparison between people with stroke and healthy controls. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 87(3), 418-429. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2005.11.018

Carey, L.M. (2006). Loss of somatic sensation. In M. Selzer, S. Clarke, L. Cohen, P. Duncan, & F. H. Gage (Eds.), Textbook of Neural Repair and Rehabilitation (Vol II. Medical Rehabilitation, pp. 231-247). Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

Carey, L.M. & Matyas, T.A. (2005). Training of somatosensory discrimination after stroke: Facilitation of stimulus generalization. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 84(6), 428-442. doi: 10.1097/01.PHM.0000159971.12096.7F

Carey, L.M., Abbott, D.F., Puce, A., Jackson, G.D., Syngeniotis, A. & Donnan, G.A. (2002). Re-emergence of activation with post-stroke somatosensory recovery: a serial fMRI case study. Neurology, 59, 749-752. doi: 10.1212/WNL.59.5.749

Carey, L.M., Matyas, T.A. & Oke, L.E. (2002). Evaluation of impaired fingertip texture discrimination and wrist position sense in patients affected by stroke: Comparison of clinical and new quantitative measures. Journal of Hand Therapy, 15, 71-82. doi: 10.1053/hanthe.2002.v15.01571

Carey, L.M. & Matyas, T.A. (2000). Somatosensory discrimination after stroke: Stimulus specific versus generalisation training. In K. M. B Bennett & S. J. Gregory (Eds.), Perception and Cognition for Action: Proceedings from the III Perception for Action Conference (pp. 61-74). Melbourne, Australia: Cleveland Digital.

Carey, L.M., Oke, L., & Matyas, T.A. (1997). Impaired touch discrimination after stroke: A quantitative test. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 11, 219-232. doi: 10.1177/154596839701100404

Carey, L.M., Oke, L. & Matyas, T.A. (1996). Impaired limb position sense after stroke: A quantitative test for clinical use. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 77, 1271-1278. doi: 10.1016/S0003-9993(96)90192-6

Carey, L. M. (1995). Somatosensory loss after stroke. Critical Reviews in Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine, 7, 51-91. doi: 10.1615/CritRevPhysRehabilMed.v7.i1.40

Carey, L.M., Matyas, T.A., & Oke, L.E. (1993). Sensory loss in stroke patients: effective training of tactile and proprioceptive discrimination. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 74(6), 602-611. doi 10.1016/0003-9993(93)90158-7