Dr Tanya Rihtman

BSc (OT), MSc (OT), PhD

Principal Lecturer in Occupational Therapy; Occupational Therapy Programme Lead

Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

Tanya Rihtman


I am a paediatric occupational therapist, and principal lecturer in occupational therapy. As the occupational therapy programme lead, I am responsible for maintaining oversight of the delivery of all occupational therapy programmes. I lead on the BSc ‘Foundations for Occupational Therapy’ and the MSc ‘Perspectives on Occupation, Health and Wellbeing’ modules, and contribute to teaching on modules related to paediatric occupational therapy and leadership and management. Additionally, I supervise research students undertaking projects from BSc to doctoral level.

Teaching and supervision


Current PhD supervised students:

  • Elizabeth Fitzpatrick
  • Julie Booth

Current MRes students:

  • Alysia Martindale


Research interests

  • Issues related to childhood development (including motor function, sensory function, cultural influences on development and standardised assessment and identification of children and young people at risk of developmental difficulties)
  • Occupational therapy (theory and pedagogy)
  • Occupational science

Centres and institutes



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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Chair of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists ‘Play in Occupational Therapy’ practice development guideline group