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Tara Sims


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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.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Brighton

PhD, University of Southampton

Bachelor, University of Sussex

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Research Output 2011 2018

Manual feeding device experiences of people with a neurodisability

Mandy, A., Sims, T., Stew, G. & Onions, D. Mar 2018 72, 3, p. 1-5 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Equipment and Supplies
Quality of Life
Upper Extremity

Participatory Design of Healthcare Technology with Children

Sims, T. 12 Feb 2018 31, 1, p. 20-27 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Human computer interaction
Product design

A Literature Review of Children's Use of and Satisfaction with Upper Limb Prostheses

Sims, T. 1 Nov 2017 21, 1, p. 7-11 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Does ‘mentoring' offer effective support to autistic adults?: a mixed methods pilot study

Martin, N., Milton, D., Sims, T., Dawkins, G., Baron-Cohen, S. & Mills, R. 2 Oct 2017 3, 4, p. 229-239 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Autistic Disorder
Personal Construct Theory

Executive Summary: Research Autism Cygnet Mentoring Project

Dawkins, G., Milton, D., Martin, N., Sims, T., Baron-Cohen, S. & Mills, R. 8 Aug 2017 11 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access