• 12 Citations
  • 1 h-Index

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Personal profile


I am currently the practice placement co-ordinator, and senior lecturer in occupational therapy. I joined the University in 2004 to develop and lead the then new subject area of occupational therapy. I was previously a lecturer/practitioner as part of the Learning Disability Research Unit here at the University of Huddersfield and Head Occupational Therapist in Learning Disabilities. I graduated from the College of Ripon and York St.John as an occupational therapist many years ago! After working in a range of both physical and mental health settings I specialised in working with people with learning disabilities in secure environments and have a track record of developing and managing new occupational therapy services in challenging environments.

I have extensive experience of working in a variety of settings both at home and overseas. I enjoyed a wonderful sun filled time in Bermuda developing services for people with a learning disability as well as learning how to scuba dive! I have also worked as a Director of Rehabilitation in Newfoundland Canada, developing a newly established service of new graduates into a professionally competent highly respected team.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Professional identity/ professional development
  • Occupational therapy practice education
  • Occupational science
  • Dementia
  • Learning disabilities

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Research Output

  • 12 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 1 Meeting Abstract
  • 1 Article

Recognising Sexual Health As a Meaningful Activity in Occupational Therapy

Ralph, P., Monro, S., Stead, J. & Crocetti, D., May 2017, In : Journal of Sexual Medicine. 14, 5 S4

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

Caseload management in community learning disability teams: Influences on decision-making

Walker, T., Stead, J. & Read, S. G., 1 Dec 2003, In : Journal of Learning Disabilities. 7, 4, p. 297-321 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 12 Citations (Scopus)


    • 5 Oral presentation
    • 2 PhD Examination
    • 1 Membership of a Society or Institute
    • 1 Invited talk

    Becoming an Occupational Therapist: An interpretative phenomenological analysis

    Joanne Stead (Speaker)

    17 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Improving care, saving money: Occupational Therapy in General practice

    Joanne Stead (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)

    19 Jun 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Stop, Look, Listen

    Joanne Stead (Speaker)

    19 Oct 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Professional Identity Formation in Occupational Therapy: Doing, Being, Becoming and Belonging

    Joanne Stead (Speaker)

    12 Mar 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    External Examiner

    Joanne Stead (Examiner)


    Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination