Dr Alison Blank

Lecturer - Occupational Therapy

Dr Alison Blank
Room: Mary Seacole Building 1/12
Brunel University
Uxbridge
UB8 3PH
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1895 268738
Email: alison.blank@brunel.ac.uk

Research

Research interests

My main research interest is in the field of mental health, using phenomenological methods to explore the meaning and experience of occupations and other issues of existential importance.  For my PhD I explored the meaning of work for people living with severe and enduring mental health problems, and I am just beginning a post doctoral study exploring the meaning and experience of belonging for people living with mental health and substance misuse problems.  The project is funded by the UK Occupational Therapy Research Foundation (UKOTRF) Early Career Research Grant, and is a collaboration with Professor Marit Borg and Colleagues at Buskerud University College, Drammen, Norway.

A colleague in a private clinical practice and I are exploring the use of equine therapy with young people with mental health problems.  There is a link to a paper we published last year on my publications page.

 


Research centres

Research projects and grants

  • Blank A (Principal Investigator). Experiences of returning to work-with a severe enduring mental health need. College of Occupational Therapists/Institute of Social Psychiatry award and the COT Research Capacity Award. £2000 (2012-2015)
  • Blank A (Principal Investigator). Dual Diagnosis (Mental Health and Substance Misuse) - feelings of Belonging. COT-ECR award. £7,900 (2013-2016)

Publications

Publications

Journal Papers

(2014) Blank, A., Harries, P. and Reynolds, F., ‘Without Occupation You Don't Exist’: Occupational Engagement and Mental Illness., Journal of Occupational Science

(2013) Blank, A., Harries, P. and Reynolds, F., The meaning and experience of work in the context of severe and enduring mental health problems: An interpretative phenomenological analysis, Work: A Journal for Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation 45 (3) : 299- 304 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) Bryant, W., Notley, J., Grove, M., Croucher, A., Pell, H., Cordingley, K. and Blank, A., 'I know how to look after myself a lot better now': Service user perspectives on mental health in-patient rehabilitation, International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation 19 (5) : 288- 298

(2012) Blank, A., Reynolds, F. and Farrow, A., "Otherwise it would be nothing but cruises": Exploring the subjective benefits of working beyond 65, International Journal of Ageing and Later Life 1- 28

(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

(2011) Blank, A., Harries, P. and Reynolds, F., Mental health service users' perspectives of work: a review of the literature, British Journal of Occupational Therapy 74 (4) : 191- 199

(2009) Blank, A., Not the whole truth, British Journal of Occupational Therapy 72 (7) : 327- 328

(2009) Blank, A. and Hayward, M., The role of work in recovery, British Journal of Occupational Therapy 72 324- 326

(2008) Soggard, M. and Blank, A., An equine assisted therapy group for adults with mental health problems (Facilitated poster discussion), The British Journal of Occupational Therapy 71 (Supplement 1) : Session no 89.2-

(2008) Blank, A. and Reynolds, F., Research in therapy related settings the utility of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (Abstract), The British Journal of Occupational Therapy 71 (Supplement 1) : Session no 79.2-

(2008) Blank, A. and Harries, P., The journey into work: returning to work with a mental health problem (Abstract), The British Journal of Occupational Therapy 71 (Supplement 1) : Session no 118.3-

(2007) Hayward, M., Blank, A., Chandler, R. and Bassett, T., Revisiting psychotic experience: listening hopefully, Mental Health Today December/January

(2006) Blank, A., Hayward, M., Craik, C. and Gallagher, M., Enabling occupational therapy students to take a fresh approach to psychosis, British Journal of Occupational Therapy 69 (1) : 42- 45 Download publication

(2006) Blank, A. and Hayward, M., Talking to people about their psychotic experiences, International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation 13 (1) : 4

(2005) Hayward, M., Blank, A. and Cooke, A., A fresh approach to psychosis... revisited, Clinical Psychology Forum 152 17- 19

(2005) Hayward, M., West, S., Green, M. and Blank, A., Service innovations: service user involvement in training, Psychiatric Bulletin 29 (11) : 428- 430

(2004) Blank, A., Clients' experience of partnership with occupational therapists in community mental health, British Journal of Occupational Therapy 67 (3) : 118- 124

(2001) Blank, A., Patient violence in community mental health: A review of the literature, British Journal of Occupational Therapy 64 (12) : 584- 589

Conference Papers

(2009) Bryant, W., Pell, H., Notley, J., Croucher, A., Grove, M., Blank, A. and Cordingley, K., The perspectives of mental health service users on in-patient rehabilitation: a collaborative qualitative research project, The College of Occupational Therapists 33rd Annual Conference and Exhibition

(2009) Blank, A., Harries, P. and Reynolds, F., 'Ready to bat on'. One man's experience of returning to work with a mental health problem, Annual Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Conference

(2008) Soggard, M. and Blank, A., An equine assisted therapy group for adults with mental health problems (Poster presentation), 32nd Annual Conference College of Occupational Therapists

(2008) Blank, A., Harries, P. and Reynolds, F., Meaning and identity:returning to work with a mental health problem, Bi Annual Qualitative Research Conference

(2008) Blank, A. and Reynolds, F., Research in therapy related settings the utility of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, 32nd Annual Conference of the College of Occupational Therapists

(2008) Blank, A., Harries, P. and Reynolds, F., Returning to work with a mental health problem. Individual Meaning and Experience, Annual Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Conference

(2008) Blank, A. and Harries, P., The journey into work: returning to work with a mental health problem, 32nd Annual Conference of the College of Occupational Therapists

(2005) Blank, A. and Hayward, M., Revisiting psychosis: A masterclass workshop, National Mental Health Nursing Conference

(2005) Blank, A. and Hayward, M., How to talk to people about their psychotic experiences: A meaningful activity, College of Occupational Therapists

(2005) Blank, A., Participating in training: A fresh apporach to psychosis, College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference

(2004) Blank, A. and Hayward, M., Psychosis revisited, International Conference for the Psychological Treatment of Schizoprenia and other Psychoses

(2004) Blank, A., One of the greatest pleasures you can have with your clothes on, Annual Conference of the Association of Occupational Therapists in Mental Health (AOTMH)

(2003) Blank, A., Singing from the same song sheet: Clients' perceptions of the occupational therapist's role, 27th Annual Conference of the College of Occupational Therapists

(2003) Blank, A. and Holloway, J., Understanding psychosis: A blueprint for training, 27th Annual Conference of the College of Occupational Therapists

(2002) Blank, A., Patient Violence in community mental health: a review of the literature, 26th Annual Conference of the College of Occupational Therapists

(2002) Blank, A., Client's experiences of partnership in community mental health, World Federation of Occupational Therapists

Book Chapters

(2009) Blank, A., Reflection and professional practice. In: Atwal, A. and Jones, M. eds. Preparing for Professional Practice in Health and Social Care. Wiley-Blackwell 41- 50

(2007) Hayward, M., Blank, A., Houghton, P. and Shaw, B., Revisiting psychosis: a two day workshop. In: Stickley, T. and Bassett, T. eds. Teaching Mental Health. Chichester : Wiley

(2007) Hayward, M., Blank, A. and Houghton, P., Teaching Mental Health. In: Stickley, T. and Basset, T. eds. Teaching Mental Health. Chichester : John Wiley & Sons,Ltd (1) : 233- 244

(2006) Sumsion, T. and Blank, A., The Canadian model of occupational performance. In: Duncan, EAS. ed. Foundations for practice in occupational therapy. Elsevier Churchill Livingstone 109- 124

Books

(2007) Basset, T., Blank, A., Chandler, R. and Hayward, M., Psychosis revisited: a recovery based workshop for mental health workers, service users and carers. Pavilion Publishing (Brighton) Ltd

Page last updated: Tuesday 17 December 2013