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Dr Kathryn Jarvis

Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, Course Lead MSc (pre-reg) Occupational Therapy
School of Sport and Health Sciences

Kathryn is an experienced lecturer with recognised skills in providing high-quality, innovative teaching and learning opportunities. She is committed to promoting the unique role of occupational therapy through profession specific and interdisciplinary teaching within a framework of excellent curriculum design. She holds a variety of external positions and has a strong profile in knowledge exchange. Kathryn is committed to increasing research capacity in allied health professionals to further evidence-based practice. Her own research interests focus on stroke rehabilitation; she has a particular interest in recovery of function in the arm and hand following stroke.

Kathryn is the Course Lead for the MSc (pre-reg) Occupational Therapy and a member of the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy teaching team. Kathryn's research interests focus on the implementation of evidence-based, complex interventions to promote recovery following stroke.

Following qualification as an occupational therapist in 1989, Kathryn pursued a career in stroke rehabilitation, working in Stoke-on-Trent and Sheffield. This work raised unanswered clinical questions which formed the foundations of Kathryn’s research, initially through a MSc at Loughborough University and subsequently a PhD at Keele University. Kathryn entered Higher Education as a Lecturer at the University of Liverpool in 2001, moving to UCLan in 2018 to lead the MSc (pre-registration) Occupational Therapy. She is committed to the provision of high-quality learning opportunities and teaching delivery, promotion of the occupational therapy profession and engagement in clinical and educational research. Kathryn combines teaching with research. She leads the Cumbria and Lancashire Council for Allied Health Profession Research Hub (CAHPR). In this role Kathryn supports allied health professionals develop their research skills and knowledge. Kathryn's own research interests are situated in recovery from stroke and implementation of complex therapeutic interventions. She is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapist Specialist Section - Neurological Practice North West committee.