Alison Laver-Fawcett


Occupational Therapy Programme Roles:

Senior Lecturer

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

Assessment Co-ordinator

Research Lead

How long have you worked at YSJU?

Since September 2008

What did you do before then?

I’ve been an occupational therapist since 1986. I worked as a clinician in London with people with learning disabilities, adults with mental illness, and older people with a range of physical and / or neurological problems and / or dementia. I have held posts as a researcher, educator (at 6 universities), modernisation manager and professional lead occupational therapist. I have a PhD in Psychology and undertook a post- doctoral fellowship Washington University, St Louis USA. I worked as an Assistant Professor at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada for 3.5 years.

What are your professional and academic interests?

Development and evaluation of occupational therapy standardised assessment and outcome measures

Occupational therapy with people with dementia and their carers

Collaborating with students in research (Student as Co-research projects, PhD supervision)

What roles and responsibilities have you held (e.g. University/ Academic/ Professional)?

Academic Current: Chair of the Health Subjects Ethics Committee; member of the Health and Life Sciences Faculty Ethics Committee; Teaching Fellow; Assessment Co-ordinator for the BHSc(Hons) Occupational Therapy Programme; Research Lead for the Occupational Therapy staff; European Network of Occupational Therapists in Higher Education  (ENOTHE) link person.

Key past roles: Head of Programme for Occupational Therapy

Professional Current: On Editorial Board for the Occupational Therapy International journal; on the working group for the ENOTHE Masters Tuning Project.

Key Past roles: British Association of Occupational Therapy / College of Occupational Therapists Council Member for International Affairs and and BAOT delegate on the World Federation Council.

What topics do you mainly teach on?

Assessment, outcome measurement, psychometrics, ethics, critical appraisal, critical thinking, evidence based practice, and research methods and data analysis.

What are your research interests?

I am on the Research team for a NIHR funded project to evaluate Models of Reablement at the SPRU, University of York

Developing the Activity Card Sort – United Kingdom version (ACS-UK)

Developing the 2nd edition of  the Structured Observational Test of Function (SOTOF)

Outside work, what occupations do you enjoy participating in?

Singing and acting.

Twitter: @alisonlaverfaw

University Links: RaY Profile

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