Reader - Occupational Therapy
Brunel University London
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Academic qualificationsPhD (University College London)
I have lectured within the occupational therapy division since 1992, and had particular involvement in the interprofessional modules shared with physiotherapy students. My research focuses, in particular, on the meanings of creative occupations for people living with physical ill-health, mental health problems or the adversities associated with ageing, and their role in maintaining identity and well-being. I have particular interest in qualitative research methods, particularly Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Three projects on the meanings of making art for older people, and people living with ill-health, have been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and I have written several chapters and papers on this subject. I am also engaged in researching the benefits of socially inclusive art-making and dance projects in the Surrey area.
- Occupational Therapy Course Committee, SCPGRD
- School Ethics Committee
- module leader in the occupational therapy and physiotherapy undergraduate therapy programmes and in the MSc Neurorehabilitation course
- member of the School Ethics Committee, reviewing project proposals
I teach across the BSc Occupational Therapy programme, focusing particularly on psychology, communication, disability issues and research methods. I am responsible for an interprofessional module serving the BSc Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy programmes, and I also teach on two modules at MSc level (Cognitive and Behavioural Issues in Neurorehabilitation’ and ‘Evidence Based Health Promotion and Public Health’).
I currently supervise 10 PhD students as a 1st or 2nd supervisor. Students are engaged in a variety of qualitative projects (including experiences of living with aphasia; spiritual care in the hospice setting; meanings of return to work among people living with enduring mental health problems).
Teaching / Supervision
Experiences of illness and disability, communication in health-care, identity, transition processes, and well-being.
MSc project supervision, and PhD supervision (to 7 students as 1st or 2nd supervisor). I particularly welcome qualitative research projects on creative occupations, return to work, identity and resilience in long-term illness and studies using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.
My research projects mainly focus on the meanings of creative occupations for people living with physical ill-health, mental health problems or the adversities associated with ageing, and their role in maintaining identity, social networks and well-being. I have particular interest in qualitative research methods, particularly Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, narrative and photo-voice approaches.
- Brunel Institute for Ageing Studies (BIAS)
- Centre for Professional Practice (CPPR)
- CCentre for Research in Rehabilitation (CRR)
Research projects and grants
Three projects on the meanings of making art for older people, and people living with ill-health, have been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and I have written several chapters and papers on this subject. I am also engaged in researching the benefits of socially inclusive art-making and dance projects in the Surrey area, alongside occupational therapists and art teachers. Another project, exploring the well-being of people who work beyond statutory retirement age, is due to be completed at the end of 2011.
- Reynolds F (Co-Investigator). Post-retirement age workers: contributions to health and safety at work. Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. £98,000 (2008-2011).
- Reynolds F (Co-Investigator). A feasibility study of a randomised controlled trial of an Arts for Health group intervention to support self-confidence and psychological wellbeing following a stroke. NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Competition 18. £250,019 (2008-2011)
Membership and affiliation
- Associate Fellow British Psychological Society (AsFBPS)
- Member of the Division of Health Psychology (BPS)
- Honorary Fellow of the College of Occupational Therapists
Professional activities or recognition
- External PhD examiner (13 in the UK, 2 in Australia)
- Grant reviewer MRC, AHRC
- Reviewer for a number of journals including Disability & Rehabilitation, Journal of Public Health, Journal of Health Psychology, British Journal of Occupational therapy.
ConferencesRegular contributor to the Annual, Counselling, and Health Psychology conferences organised by the British Psychological Society, and to the Qualitative Research conference hosted biennially by Bournemouth University.
(2014) Hunt, L., Nikopoulou-Smyrni, P. and Reynolds, F., “It gave me something big in my life to wonder and think about which took over the space … and not MS”: Managing well-being in multiple sclerosis through art-making, Disability and Rehabilitation 36 (14) : 1139- 1147
(2014) Lawson, J., Reynolds, F., Bryant, W. and Wilson, L., 'It's like having a day of freedom, a day off from being ill': Exploring the experiences of people living with mental health problems who attend a community-based arts project, using interpretative phenomenological analysis, Journal of Health Psychology 19 (6) : 765- 777 Download publication
(2013) Omu, O. and Reynolds, F., Life satisfaction and self-efficacy in patients affected by a first stroke living in Kuwait: A two-phase study, Physiotherapy Theory and Practice: an international journal of physical therapy 29 (6) : 443- 456 Download publication
(2013) Alqout, O. and Reynolds, F., Experiences of obesity among Saudi Arabian women contemplating bariatric surgery: An interpretative phenomenological analysis, Journal of Health Psychology 19 (5) : 664- 677 Download publication
(2013) Blank, A., Reynolds, F. and Farrow, A., Working beyond 65: A qualitative study of perceived hazards and discomforts of working, Work: A Journal for Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation
(2012) Reynolds, FA., Farrow, A. and Blank, A., 'Otherwise it would be nothing but cruises': Exploring the subjective benefits of working beyond 65., International Journal of Ageing and Later Life 7 (1) : 79- 106 Download publication
(2012) Omu, O., Al-Obaidi, S. and Reynolds, F., Religious faith and psychosocial adaptation among stroke patients in Kuwait: a mixed method study, Journal of Religion and Health 51 (2)
(2012) McIntyre, AE. and Reynolds, F., There’s no apprenticeship for Alzheimer’s: The caring relationship when an older person experiencing dementia falls, Ageing and Society 32 (5) : 873- 896 Download publication
(2012) Reynolds, F., Art therapy after stroke: Evidence and a need for further research, Arts in Psychotherapy 39 (4) : 239- 244 Download publication
(2012) Farrow, A. and Reynolds, F., Health and safety of the older worker, Occupational Medicine 62 (1) : 4- 11 Download publication
(2012) Omu, O. and Reynolds, F., Quality of life in stroke survivors living in Kuwait: Health professionals’ perspectives, Diversity and Equality in Health and Care 9 (1) : 9- 18
(2012) Omu, O. and Reynolds, F., Health professionals' perceptions of cultural influences on stroke experiences and rehabilitation in Kuwait, Disability and Rehabilitation 34 (2) : 119- 127 Download publication
(2011) Tzanidaki, D. and Reynolds, F., Exploring the meanings of making traditional arts and crafts among older women in Crete, using interpretative phenomenological analysis, British Journal of Occupational Therapy 74 (8) : 375- 382
(2011) Reynolds, FA. and Prior, S., Strategies of adapting and replacing artistic leisure occupations to maintain participation and identity: A qualitative study of older women with arthritis, Activities, Adaptation and Aging 35 (1) : 21- 42 Download publication
(2011) Reynolds, FA., Vivat, B. and Prior, S., Visual art-making as a resource for living positively with arthritis: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of older women’s accounts, Journal of Aging Studies 25 328- 337 Download publication
(2011) Reynolds, FA. and Shepherd, C., Young women’s accounts of intimate partner violence during adolescence and subsequent recovery processes: An interpretative phenomenological analysis, Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice. 84 (3) : 314- 334 Download publication
(2010) Reynolds, F., ‘Colour and communion’: Exploring the influences of visual art-making as a leisure activity on older women’s subjective well-being, Journal of Aging Studies 24 (2) : 135- 143 Download publication
(2010) Shepherd, C., Reynolds, FA. and Moran, J., “They’re battle scars, I wear them well”: A phenomenological exploration of young women’s experiences of building resilience following adversity in adolescence, Journal of Youth Studies 13 (3) : 273- 290 Download publication
(2010) Reynolds, F. and Vivat, B., Art-making and identity work: A qualitative study of women living with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME), Arts and Health: an international journal for research, policy and practice 2 (1) : 67- 80 Download publication
(2009) Cooper, J., Reynolds, F. and Bateman, A., An evaluation of a fatigue management intervention for people with acquired brain injury: an exploratory study, British Journal of Occupational Therapy 72 (4) : 174- 179
(2009) Reynolds, F., Taking up arts and crafts in later life: a qualitative study of the experiential factors that encourage participation in creative activities, British Journal of Occupational Therapy 72 (9) : 393- 400
(2009) Royal, E., Reynolds, FA. and Houlden, H., What are the experiences of adults returning to work following recovery from Guillain-Barré syndrome? An interpretative phenomenological analysis, Disability and Rehabilitation 31 (22) : 1817- 1827 Download publication
(2008) Collins, S. and Reynolds, F., How do adults with cystic fibrosis cope following a diagnosis of diabetes?, Journal of Advanced Nursing 64 (5) : 478- 487 Download publication
(2008) Reynolds, F., Lim, KH. and Prior, S., Images of resistance: A qualitative enquiry into the meanings of personal artwork for women living with cancer, Creativity Research Journal 20 (2) : 211- 220 Download publication
(2008) Reynolds, F., Vivat, B. and Prior, S., Women's experiences of increasing subjective well-being in CFS/ME through leisure-based arts and crafts activities: A qualitative study, Disability & Rehabilitation 30 (17) : 1279- 1288 Download publication
(2007) Reynolds, FA. and Lim, KH., Contribution of visual art-making to the subjective well-being of women living with cancer: A qualitative study, The Arts in Psychotherapy 34 (1) : 1- 10
(2007) Reynolds, FA. and Lim, KH., Turning to art as a positive way of living with cancer: a qualitative study of personal motives and contextual influences, Journal of Positive Psychology 2 (1) : 66- 75 Download publication
(2006) Prior, SJ. and Reynolds, F., The role of art-making in identity maintenance: Case studies of people living with cancer, European Journal of Cancer Care 15 (4) : 333- 341 Download publication
(2006) Reynolds, F. and Vivat, B., Narratives of art-making in chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis: Three case studies, The Arts in Psychotherapy 33 (5) : 435- 445 Download publication
(2004) Reynolds, FA., Conversations about creativity and chronic illness II: Textile artists coping with long-term health problems reflect on the creative process, Creativity Research Journal 16 (1) : 79- 89 Download publication
(2004) Reynolds, F., Textile art promoting well-being in long-term illness: some general and specific influences, Journal of Occupational Science 11 (2) : 58- 67 Download publication
(2003) Prior, SJ. and Reynolds, F., "Sticking jewels in your life": Exploring women's strategies for negotiating an acceptable quality of life with multiple sclerosis, Qualitative Health Research 13 (9) : 1225- 1251 Download publication
(2003) Reynolds, FA., Conversations about creativity and chronic illness I: Textile artists coping with long-term health problems reflect on the origins of their interest in art, Creativity Research Journal 15 (4) : 393- 407 Download publication
(2003) Reynolds, F. and Prior, SJ., 'A lifestyle coat-hanger': A phenomenological study of the meanings of artwork for women coping with chronic illness and disability, Disability and Rehabilitation 25 (14) : 785- 794 Download publication
(2002) Reynolds, FA., Symbolic aspects of coping with chronic illness through textile arts, The Arts in Psychotherapy 29 (2) : 99- 106 Download publication
(2004) Swain, J., Clark, J., French, S., Parry, K. and Reynolds, F., Enabling relationships in health and social care.