Occupational Sciences

About us

We are multidisciplinary set of researchers, clinicians, and lecturers, including occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and others. We share a common interest in occupational science which seeks to explain and evidence the relationships between what people do in their everyday lives and their wellbeing.

We deliver health-related, occupation-centred research which expands the occupational science knowledge base, applies it to clinical practice, and supports the development of occupational therapy interventions in real-world settings.

Our core research focus lies within the following:

  • Developing and delivering occupational therapy interventions underpinned by occupational science.
  • Working in partnership with others, especially clinicians, in clinical practice-related research.   
  • Occupational science specific studies to explore and develop knowledge about occupation and its relationship with health. 

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Jackie Parsonage-Harrison

Dr Jackie Parsonage-Harrison

Elizabeth Casson Research Fellow

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Core research activities

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As dynamic team, we undertake a variety of healthcare-related qualitative research studies. Examples include:

  • A novel application of breadth and depth methodology to explore clinic reports on daily activity, identity, and wellbeing from carers of patients referred to a specialist brain clinic.
  • A qualitative evidence synthesis of peer-reviewed published qualitative research exploring perceptions of adolescents and young people aged 11 to 25 years, with and without diagnosis on the factors/ determinants that influence (engagement and participation) physical activity.
  • A collaboration with Lund University to increase research capacity in occupational science and intervention development. Including introducing the evidence-based Intervention Balancing Everyday Life in the UK. (adult mental health).
  • An exploration of health care students’ experiences, views and attitudes towards environmental sustainability.

  • Views, practices, experiences and priorities of HLS academics in relation to embedding planetary health and environmental sustainability within programme curricula.

  • Environmental sustainability.

Key publications

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