Faculty Profile

Gordon Giles
Master Occupational Therapy

Gordon Muir Giles, PhD, Dip COT, OTR/L, FAOTA received a graduate diploma from St. Andrew’s School of Occupational Therapy (Nothampton, UK), and a Doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (San Francisco California, USA). He has opened and directed specialized acute medical hospitals, long-term care, behavioral management, and outpatient programs for persons with neurobehavioral impairments. Dr. Giles was responsible for opening the first County funded neurobehavioral program for persons with acquired neurological impairments in the Western United States in 1993. This work has resulted in the movement of hundreds of patients out of State Hospital facilities and into community facilities. He is an internationally know researcher and has authored numerous publications, including three books, on practical, and non-aversive approaches to treating persons with acquired neurological impairment. Dr. Giles currently is responsible for a 65-bed neurobehavioral program in Fremont and a 120-bed Med/Psych program in Sunnyvale. In addition to his clinical responsibilities Dr. Giles is a Professor at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California.

Current research interests include the development of an adaptive behavior rating scale for use with persons with traumatic brain injury, the development of non-aversive interactions with persons with neuropsychiatric and neurobehavioral impairments, and constraint induced movement therapy.

OT612-630: The occupational therapy program research cycle
OT626: Theory and Practice in Psychosocial Dysfunction
PA646: Behavioral Medicine

Selected recent publications:

Giles, G. M. (2001). The effectiveness of neurorehabilitation. In R. L. Wood & T. M. McMillan (Eds.), Neurobehavioural disability and social handicap following traumatic brain injury (pp. 231-255). Hove, England: Psychology Press.
Giles, G. M. (2005). A neurofunctional approach to rehabilitation following severe brain injury. In N. Katz (Ed.), Cognition and occupation across the life span: Models for intervention in occupational therapy (pp. 139-165). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.
Giles, G. M., Wager, J., Fong, L., & Waraich, B. S. (2005). Twenty-month effectiveness of a non-aversive, long-term, low cost programme for persons with persisting neurobehavioural disability. Brain Injury, 19(10), 753-764.
Giles, G. M. (2007). Assessing adaptive behaviour in the post-acute setting following traumatic brain injury: Initial reliability and validity of the Adaptive Behavior and Community Competency Scale (ABCCS). Brain Injury, 21(5), 521-529.
Giles, G. M., & Manchester, D. (2006). Two approaches to behavior disorder after traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 21(2), 168-178.
Giles, G. M., & Mohr, J. D. (2007). Overview and inter-rater reliability of an incident-based rating for aggressive behaviour following traumatic brain injury: The Overt Aggression Scale-Modified for Neurorehabilitation-Extended (OAS-MNR-E). Brain Injury, 21(5), 505-511.
Giles, G. M., Wilson, J., & Dailey, W. (In press). Non-aversive treatment of repetitive absconding behaviour in clients with severe neuropsychiatric disorders. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.

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