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Joanne qualified as an Occupational Therapist from Dorset House school of Occupational Therapy, Oxford Brookes University in 1995. Over her career Joanne has worked across a range of practice areas within both mental health and physical settings before choosing to specialise in the field of rheumatology. Prior to joining the University of Huddersfield Joanne held a team leader post with operational responsibility for the in patient Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy service delivery within Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS trust. Joanne completed an MA in professional development in September 2009 at the University of Huddersfield and completed a dissertation project looking at the key factors influencing motivation and performance of Occupaitonal Therapy students over a three year degree programme. Joanne has been actively involved in clinical research looking at the experience of fatigue and its impact on leisure occupations. Joanne has personal and research interest in the area of health activity and well being and is currently studying for a PhD focusing on life transitions thorugh occupational narratives. Along with Occupational Therapy teaching Joanne is interested in widening access and diversity in higher education and has led the foundation course for health professions for 5 years. Joanne’s interests also include supporting students where they are experiencing difficult situations and is acts as a student conciliator for the school of human and health sciences. In addition to this role Joanne is also a deputy academic integrity officer for the school of human and health sciences and also sits on the university academic integrity panel. Joanne is a fellow of the higher education academy a member of the college of occupational therapy and a HPC registrant.  

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Rheumatology
  • Psychological impact of living with a chronic long term condition
  • Self awareness and motivation to succeed
  • Quality
  • Student profiles
  • Opportunity and experience
  • Theory to Practice
  • Assessment

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Research Output 2013 2013

2 Citations
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