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Research interests

I am passionate about research that involves children and young people in developing the healthcare services they receive. To date, this has involved working on studies with young people with limb difference, spinal cord injury and autism. I am committed to emancipatory research methods - actively involving participants in research and ensuring the overall aims of research are for the benefit of the group represented by the participants.

Approach to teaching

I am committed to the problem-based learning approach to the curriculum, which is embedded across the BSc and MSc occupational therapy courses. I enjoy the interactivity of problem-based learning, enabling students and tutors to learn from one another in order to identify solutions to real-life scenarios from clinical practice. I am also a qualified manual handling trainer and enjoy delivering this training to students, enabling them to problem-solve complex manual handling situations in a safe environment, developing skills and confidence.

Supervisory Interests

Tara is interested in supporting PhD studies which involve children and young people in reviewing or developing the healthcare services they receive and healthcare technologies they use. She has experience carrying out research with young people with limb difference, spinal cord injury and autism. She is particularly interested in participatory and emancipatory research.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Southampton

Award Date: 30 Jul 2014

Master, University of Brighton

Award Date: 31 Aug 2007

Bachelor, University of Sussex

Award Date: 30 Jun 2004

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Research Output

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  • Children’s and adolescents’ views on upper limb prostheses in relation to their daily occupations

    Sims, T., Donovan-Hall, M. & Metcalf, C., 21 Aug 2019, In : The British Journal of Occupational Therapy.

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  • Manual feeding device experiences of people with a neurodisability

    Mandy, A., Sims, T., Stew, G. & Onions, D., 6 Mar 2018, In : American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 72, 3, p. 1-5 5 p.

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  • Participatory Design of Healthcare Technology with Children

    Sims, T., 12 Feb 2018, In : International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance. 31, 1, p. 20-27 8 p.

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