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
- 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
Jover M, Ray-Kaeser S, Memoli N, Bertrand A, Albaret J-M, Rihtman T, 'Psychometric properties of the French European Little Developmental Coordination Disorder Questionnaire (LDCDQ-FE): a pilot study'
Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics [online first] (2022)
ISSN: 0194-2638 eISSN: 1541-3144Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Magalhaes LC, Moraes BLC, Barbosa VM, Cardoso AA, Rihtman T, 'Cross-cultural validation of the Brazilian Little Developmental Coordination Disorder Questionnaire (LDCDQ-BR) for preschool children'
Research in Developmental Disabilities 129 (2022)
ISSN: 0891-4222 eISSN: 1873-3379Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Fu C-P, Tseng M-H, Cermak S, Chung T-H, Chen Y-L, Lu L, Shieh J-Y, Rihtman T, 'Psychometric properties of the Little Developmental Coordination Disorder Questionnaire-Taiwan'
American Journal of Occupational Therapy 76 (2) (2022)
ISSN: 0272-9490 eISSN: 1943-7676Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Rihtman T, Gadsby N, Porter J, 'Supporting the social-emotional needs of children and young people with Developmental Coordination Disorder: occupational therapists’ perceptions of practice in England'
British Journal of Occupational Therapy 85 (9) (2021) pp.653-661
ISSN: 0308-0226 eISSN: 1477-6006Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Fitzpatrick B, Panagamuwa C, Moss Levy L, Rihtman T, 'The impact of hearing loss on speech outcomes in 5-year-old children with cleft palate ± lip: A longitudinal cohort study'
International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology 149 (2021)
ISSN: 0165-5876Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Rihtman T, Green D, 'Construct validity of the Little Developmental Coordination Disorder Questionnaire UK (LDCDQ-UK)'
The Dyspraxia Foundation Professional Journal 17 (2020)
Fitzpatrick B, Coad J, Sell D, Rihtman T, 'Assessing speech at three years of age in the cleft palate population: a scoping review of assessment practices'
International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders 55 (2) (2020) pp.165-187
ISSN: 1368-2822 eISSN: 1460-6984Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Booth J, Rihtman T, Leddington Wright S, Taylor MC, Price M, 'Height matters: The experiences of British very tall young adults in relation to managing everyday occupations'
Journal of Occupational Science 26 (2) (2019) pp.233-244
ISSN: 1442-7591 eISSN: 2158-1576Abstract Published here
Rihtman T, Parush S, 'Suitability of the Miller Function & Participation Scales (M-FUN) for use with Israeli children'
American Journal of Occupational Therapy 68e1 (2014) pp.e1-e12
ISSN: 0272-9490 eISSN: 1943-7676Abstract Published here
Rihtman T, Parush S, Ornoy A, 'Developmental outcomes at preschool age after fetal exposure to valproic acid and lamotrigine: cognitive, motor, sensory and behavioral function'
Reproductive Toxicology 41 (2013) pp.115-125
ISSN: 0890-6238 eISSN: 1873-1708Abstract Published here
Rihtman T, Parush S, Ornoy A, 'Preliminary findings of the developmental effects of in utero exposure to topiramate'
Reproductive Toxicology 34 (3) (2012) pp.308-311
ISSN: 0890-6238 eISSN: 1873-1708Abstract Published here
Rihtman T, Wilson BN, Parush S, 'Development of the Little Developmental Coordination Disorder Questionnaire for preschoolers and preliminary evidence of its psychometric properties in Israel'
Research in Developmental Disabilities 32 (4) (2011) pp.1378-1387
ISSN: 0891-4222 eISSN: 1873-3379Abstract Published here
Rihtman T, Tekuzener E, Parush S, Tenenbaum A, Bachrach SJ, Ornoy A, 'Are the cognitive functions of children with Down syndrome related to their participation? '
Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology 52 (1) (2010) pp.72-78
ISSN: 0012-1622 eISSN: 1469-8749Abstract Published here
Bar-Shalita T, Yochman A, Rihtman T, Vatine JJ, Parush S, 'The Participation in Childhood Occupations Questionnaire (PICO-Q)'
Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics 29 (3) (2009) pp.295-310
ISSN: 0194-2638Abstract Published here
Parush S, Rihtman T, 'Commentary: Participation of children with cerebral palsy in leisure activities supports the current ICF health paradigm'
Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology 50 (10) (2008)
ISSN: 0012-1622 eISSN: 1469-8749Published here
Hess K, Rihtman T, 'Moving from Theory to Practice in Occupational Therapy Education for Planetary Health: A Theoretical View'
Australian Occupational Therapy Journal 70 (4) pp.460-470
ISSN: 0045-0766 eISSN: 1440-1630Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
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