Samantha Tavender
  • University Of Huddersfield

Personal profile


Samantha joined the University of Huddersfield in July 2021 as a lecturer in Occupational Therapy.  Samantha qualified as an Occupational Therapist with a BSc from Sheffield Hallam University in 2011. Samantha has experience working in a variety of mental health settings across the lifespan in both the NHS and Voluntary sector.   In 2015, Samantha was awarded a scholarship from the Elizabeth Casson Trust which funded her Masters degree at Tufts University in Boston Massachusetts, USA.  In 2019 Samantha completed her NBCOT exam enabling her to become a licensed Occupational Therapist in the state of Florida in the United States of America, where she worked in pediatrics and as a lecturer at Kieser University.    

Samantha's main interests are endometrosis and the impact of this on occupational performance and participation. Occuaptional Science theory and its application to occupational therapy.  The lived experience. The effects and impact of the cost of living crisis. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being