Kathryn Jarvis

Dr. Kathryn Jarvis

Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB126

+44 (0) 1772 89 2782


Kathryn is committed to promoting the unique role of occupational therapy through profession specific and interdisciplinary teaching within  a framework of excellent curriculum design. Kathryn’s research interests focus on stroke rehabilitation; she has a particular interest in recovery of function in the arm and hand following stroke. Kathryn is committed to increasing research capacity in allied health professionals which she believes is essential to further evidence-based practice.

Full Profile

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.


  • 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.


  1. Jarvis K. Occupational therapy for the upper limb after stroke: implementing evidence-based constraint induced movement therapy into practice (thesis). Keele University, 2016.
  2. Jarvis K, Reid G, Edelstyn N, Hunter S. Development of the Occupational Therapy Stroke Arm and Hand Record (OT-STAR): an upper limb treatment schedule. British Journal of Occupational Therapy.2014; 77(3): 126-33.
  3. Rowe F, Hanna K, Evans JR, Noonan C, Garcia-Finana M, Dodridge C, Howard C, Jarvis K, MacDiarmid S, Maan T, North L, Rodgers H. Interventions for eye movement disorders due to acquired brain injury (review) Cochrane database of Systematic Reviews, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011290.pub2
  4. Hepworth L, Rowe F, Harper R, Jarvis K, Shipman T, Rodgers H. Patient reported outcome measures for visual impairment after stroke: a systematic review. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 2015; 13 (146): 1-10.

External Affiliations

  • External Examiner, York St John BHSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, four year appointment, Sept 2017-Sept 2021.
  • National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Vascular Topic Selection Panel member, March 2007 to 2011.
  • Founder member of Applied Clinical Rehabilitation Research Network (ACoRRN), 2016-date.
  • This is a network of AHPs collaborating on research, there is currently an emphasis on investigating therapeutic interventions to improve functional recovery following stroke.
  • Peer Reviewer for The International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 2007 to date.
  • Peer Reviewer of The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2013 to date.
  • Peer Reviewer of The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2016 to date.
  • External Advisor, MSc in Rehabilitation and MSc Advanced Practice in Occupational Therapy, University of Cumbria 2008.


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) (2015-date)
  • British Association of Occupational Therapists (1986-date)
  • Health and Social Care Council-registrant (2005-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)
  • Council for Allied Health Professions Research-steering group member (2007-date)

Teaching Activities

  • Programme Lead for MSc (pre-registration) Occupational Therapy