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Ms. Katie Robinson


BSc.(Hons) Curr. Occ., MSc. (Disability Management), PhD Occupational Therapy
Senior Lecturer Occupational Therapy

Katie graduated from the School of Occupational Therapy, Trinity College Dublin in 2000. She has worked clinically in St. Camillus' Hospital Limerick and St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin (Pain Management Program). She completed an MSc through research in the Department of Disability Studies at University College Dublin 2003. This Masters research explored the discourses used by people with hand injuries in constructing their experience of hand injury.
Katie began working in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Limerick in 2004. Katie completed her PhD supported by a research training fellowship for healthcare professionals from the Health Research Board in 2011. .

Research Interests

Occupational Therapy
Chronic Pain
Vocational Rehabilitation
Qualitative research

Professional Activities


  • 2008 Regular Member, International Association for the Study of Pain
  • 2006 , Occuaption UK & Ireland
  • 2004 Regular member, Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland


  • 2004 University of Limerick - Junior lecturer
  • 2003 St. Vincents University Hospital - Senior Occupational Therapist
  • 2001 St. Vincents University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin. - Basic Grade Occupational Therapist
  • 2000 St. Camillus Hospital, Limerick. - Basic Grade Occupational Therapist


Book Chapter


The contribution of the Social Sciences to Occupational Therapy
Pettigrew, J. Robinson, K.
Occupational therapy for people experiencing illness, injury or impairment: Promoting occupation and participation (7th ed.).

Conference Publication


World Institute of Pain Conference
Kelley, V., Brennan, B., Corcoran, O., Irudayaraj, B., Kearney, S.A., Lyons, E., Magee, L., Robinson, K., Vine, S.,


World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress, XV Congress, 4-7 May, Chile
Gallagher, M.B., Harb, A., Pettigrew, J., Robinson, K., Warren, A., McKay, E., Buckley, S., Cahill, M

Other Publication


Occupational Therapy an essential ingredient in dementia services',
Mc Kay, E.A, Robinson, K. & Warren, A.
British Medical Journal

Peer Reviewed Journal


The Bluebird's: World War 1 Soldiers' Experiences of Occupational Therapy
Pettigrew, J., Robinson, K., Moloney, S.,
American Journal Of Occupational Therapy


Using historical documentary methods to explore the history of occupational therapy
Dunne, Brid, Pettigrew, Judith, Robinson, Katie
British Journal Of Occupational Therapy


Medical fitness to drive and mental health: Are you aware of the guidelines?
Buckley, S., Robinson, K., Stapleton, T.,
The Irish Journal Of Occupational Therapy


The guiding nature of the kawa (river) model in Ireland: Creating both opportunities and challenges for occupational therapists
Carmody S., Nolan R., Ni Chonchuir N., Curry M., Halligan C., Robinson K.
Occupational Therapy International DOI: 10.1002/oti.235

Published Report


Vocational Rehabilitation for Clients with Chronic Pain and Musculoskeletal Disorders in Ireland: A Handbook for Occupational Therapists
Brennan, B., Corcoran, O., Irudayaraj, B., Kearney, S.A., Kelley, V., Lyons, E., Magee, L., Robinson, K., and Vine, S.