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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, A participatory design approach to developing upper limb prostheses for children and young people. , University of Southampton

Award Date: 30 Jul 2014

Master, Health through Occupation, University of Brighton

Award Date: 31 Aug 2007

Bachelor, Developmental Psychology, University of Sussex

Award Date: 30 Jun 2004


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