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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

Research Degree Supervision

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External positions

External Examiner, University of Ulster

1 Jan 20152019

HCPC Visitor , Health and Care Professions Council

9 Sep 2011 → …

External Examiner , Northumbria University

1 Jan 2010Aug 2015

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Joanne Stead is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

occupational therapy Social Sciences
Learning Disorders Medicine & Life Sciences
dementia Social Sciences
learning disability Social Sciences
Decision Making Medicine & Life Sciences
Waiting Lists Medicine & Life Sciences
Practice Management Medicine & Life Sciences
science Social Sciences

Research Output 2003 2017

  • 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

12 Citations (Scopus)

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

Learning Disorders
Decision Making
Waiting Lists
Practice Management
Focus Groups

Activities 2012 2019

  • 5 Oral presentation
  • 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

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

Joanne Stead (Speaker)
12 Mar 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Stop, Look, Listen

Joanne Stead (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Rethinking professional identity: Strategies for students

Joanne Stead (Speaker)
9 Sep 2013

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation