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.
- Doctor of Philosophy: ‘Occupational therapy for the upper limb after stroke: implementing evidence-based constraint induced movement therapy into practice’, Keele University, 2016
- Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (distinction): University of Liverpool, 2003
- Master of Science: ‘Research in Remedial and Caring Practice’, Loughborough University of Technology, 1995
- Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists: Derby School of Occupational Therapy, 1989
- Sir Alastair Pilkington Award 2017, University of Liverpool awarded for a project between the Directorate of Occupational Therapy and the School of Medicine entitled ‘A collaborative model of inter-professional learning’
- Guild of Students ‘Teacher of the Year’, 2016 University of Liverpool
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Recovery of upper limb function
- Implementation of complex interventions
- Health and Care Professions Council:OT17501
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) (2015-date) Recognition Number: PR086932
- British Association of Occupational Therapists (1986-date)
- The Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section - Neurological Practice (1995-date)
- The Society for Research in Rehabilitation-Associate Member (2008-2017), Full Member (2017-date)