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Biography

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 mental health and its impact on engagement in occupations, group work and group theory, occupational performance and occupational identity, staff wellbeing and continuing professional development. Outside of work Samantha considers herself to be an advocate for mental health and has written several pieces for Mind and BEAT based upon her own lived experience of mental health.