I am a principal lecturer in occupational therapy. I qualified as an occupational therapist in 1996 at the University of Brighton, after successfully completing a degree in biological sciences at the University of Sussex. My work in the fields of physical and mental health with adults of all ages was complemented by a Masters degree in occupational therapy in 1999.
I am course leader for the accelerated MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration). I enjoy my role as a problem-based learning tutor, and teacher of therapeutic use of gardening. I lead an intensive module focused on developing advanced client-centered treatment planning. I also teach the gardening skills option undertaken by course participants, facilitate a small community gardening group on the university site, and coordinate a community volunteering opportunity in partnership with Active Student.
Research interests are focused on the occupation of gardening, and leisure in later life. I lead a leisure in later life research group, with several Masters students presenting at national conferences and some peer reviewed publications. I completed a PhD exploring leisure in 21st century later life in September 2019. In addition to this I am active in the sustainable health academic research enterprise (Share) group.