Personal profile

Research interests

I am interested in research involving children with developmental delays, sensory integration (SI) difficulties, and / or social and emotional challenges.  I have a particular interest in the use of narrative as a means of exploring the lives of children and in the use of visual methods as a means of gathering and presenting data.

My other areas of interest include educational theory, problem based learning, clinical outcome measurement, and Occupational Science.

Scholarly biography

I graduated from the University of Brighton in 2008, having completed an MSc in Health Through Occupation.  I completed subsequent postgraduate training in Bobath Therapy, Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy, and Sensory Integration (SI).

Whilst working as a Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist within a children's therapy service, I created a new adapted scale for the Therapy Outcome Measure (TOM) for children with sensory processing difficulties.  The scale was subsequently included in the 2019 TOM User Guide for clinicians.

In 2019, I completed my MRes in Clinical Research having conducted a research project based on two children with special educational needs within a mainstream Primary School.  I later presented the findings at an international conference.

In 2019, I was employed as the AHP Learning Environment Lead within a large community trust and had oversight for student placements and also assisted with setting up Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy apprenticeship schemes alongside local HEIs.  My paper evaluating an Occupational Therapy apprenticeship programme was published in the International Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social care in April 2023.

Since moving to the University of Brighton, I have supervised a number of student research projects at Master's level and also have experience of peer reviewing articles for academic journals.

Approach to teaching

I began teaching on the BSc OT programme as a visiting lecturer in 2019 before being offered a permanent role teaching on the MSc (pre-reg) programme in September 2020.

I predominantly use problem based learning (PBL) as a teaching approach on the Occupational Therapy MSc course.  I find this fits well with the client-centred ethos of the OT profession as well as my own philosophy of teaching, which is to facilitate learning through self-directed enquiry and reflective dialogue.

Education/Academic qualification

PGCap, University of Brighton

Award Date: 26 May 2022


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