Susan Allen


Senior Lecturer

Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work


I am module lead for the BSc ‘Foundations for Occupational Therapy’ and the MSc inter-professional ‘Leadership and Management’ modules, and contribute to teaching on modules related to paediatric occupational therapy and neuroscience.

Areas of expertise

  • Function and participation in children with neurodevelopment challenges and their families
  • Sensory processing and integration 
  • Coaching

Teaching and supervision

Modules taught

  • Foundations for Occupation
  • Leadership and Management
  • Systems and Function
  • Enabling Occupation (EOP) 3


  • MSc projects


I support undergraduate and post graduate research at BSc and  MSc level. My own research interests include the impact of neurodevelopmental and sensory processing differences and how as occupational therapists we can best enable participation in everyday life for children and their families. My current PhD work is focused on developing a group coaching intervention for mothers of children with sensory processing differences.

Research group membership

  • Children and Young People

Research grants and awards

  • Elizabeth Casson Trust PhD funding: Supporting mothers of children with sensory processing differences
  • Sensory integration Network Reserach Grant: Developmental Coordination Disorders and Sensory Processing and Integration: incidence, associations and comorbidities

Research projects

  • Development of a brief group coaching intervetion for mothers.


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Member Royal College of Occuational Therapists
  • Member World federation of Occupational Therapists
  • Member RCOT-CYPF Special Interest Section
  • Fellow - Sensory Integration Education
  • Community of Practice - Mind the Gap


  • Clinical Mentor

Further details

Other experience

Teaching Roles (Allied Health Professions)

  • 2020-2022: Lecturer in Occupational Therapy. Glyndwr University.
  • 2020: Adjunct Faculty. Singapore Institute of Technology, Research teaching and marking for allied health professionals including occupational therapists
  • 2020 - present: Specialist Visiting LecturerMSc Advancing Practice Sheffield Hallam
  • 2009–2020: Recognized lecturer, University of Ulster – course development, lecturing, marking and mentoring
  • 2005–2012: Visiting lecturer, University of West England
  • 2002-2004: Recognized lecturer, University of Liverpool
  • Reviewer
  • British Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • Child: Care, Health and Development
  • Current Psychology