I graduated from Grampian School of Occupational Therapy in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1987 with a Diploma in Occupational Therapy. Since then I have worked in different specialties in the UK, Ireland and abroad.I have extensive experience in mental health having worked in the areas of acute care, rehabilitation and old-age psychiatry, with my predominant experience being in the delivery of community based mental health services, both in the UK and Ireland. My experience in the area of physical disability is also diverse and I have worked in the specialties of orthopaedics, post-surgery, rehabilitation (mainly acquired brain injury) and primary care.In addition, I have worked as a volunteer occupational therapist in the West Bank of Israel, working specifically with the Palestinian population. My role was two-fold; firstly to provide a service to children with physical and/or intellectual disability, in both school and community settings, as well as to adults within a trauma clinic. My remit also included training and educating of the local healthcare staff in the philosophy and role of occupational therapy in order to expand the services that they could provide to the Palestinian population on a long-term basis.I completed my Masters at Trinity College, Dublin with my thesis being qualitative in nature and addressing the experience of quality of life for persons with chronic cardiac disease. My current research interests relate to (1) practice education, particularly in relation to interprofessional placements and student-led clinics (2) quality of life and cardiac disease and (3) youth mental health.
My current research interests relate to (1) practice education, particularly in relation to interprofessional placements and student-led clinics (2) quality of life and cardiac disease and (3) youth mental health.