Personal profile

Key Research Interests

My research concerns the respectful care of older people.  I am particularly interested in participative or collaborative approaches to research and have recently been carrying out research into the organisational arrangements of care of older people using this approach. I also research in the area of children and young people and mental well-being. (This This work led on to a study examining organisational culture in the residential care of older people.)

Previous research has examined community interventions involving collaboration between multiple services and agencies.   

  • In the first of these, SPR:OCKET, Broadland District Council funded a year’s research project to inform the local, multi-agency community safety agenda.  The research team first mapped out offending across the Broadland area, and from this data constructed a framework to sample case studies.  The case studies revealed issues and processes that supported pathways out of offending behaviour, and threw light on how these could be improved or strengthened.  
  • The EVISSTA study examined a multi-agency strategy to reduce on-street sex-working. 

I researched the impact of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and also how this may be affected by social inequalities.  This project was developed in close collaboration with a large voluntary organisation for adults living with CFS/ME, and took the perspective of adults with CFS from various social backgrounds.



  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy 2003 to present
  • Primary Mental Health Worker 2002-2003
  • Head Occupational Therapist, Child and Adolescent Mental Health 2002
  • Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist 1997-2002
  • Senior Occupational Therapist in Child and Adolescent Mental Health 1990-1997 
  • Occupational Therapist in social services with people with disabilities 1987 - 1990
  • Senior Occupational Therapist, adult mental health 1986-1987
  • Occupational Therapist in adult mental health acute admissions and community 1985 -1986 

Academic Background

  • Doctorate in Education, UEA, 2005
  • PG Cert HEP, UEA, 2007
  • MA Applied Research in Education UEA, 1996
  • Dip COT Dorset House Oxford, 1985

Teaching Interests

My teaching includes qualitative research methods, qualitative research synthesis, the impact of dementia, evidence based care in dementia, human development, occupational therapy interventions, psychological interventions.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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