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Staff in the Occupational Therapy division at Brunel University London are active researchers, involved in diverse and wide-ranging projects – locally, nationally and internationally. We carry out primary research to understand the occupational consequences of illness, disability, stigma, marginalisation and environmental barriers. We are also engaged in developing research strategy and policy, contributing to national bodies such as the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, the Council for Allied Health Professions Research, and the Department of Health. Our research encompasses both the delivery of occupational therapy interventions to service users, and the development and evaluation of occupational therapy education.

Our current projects include:

  • Exploring the role of occupational therapy in developing inclusive education in Pakistan (funded by the British Council)
  • Exploring the ways in which objects, places and the engagement in activities relates to the expression of identity for those with transgender, non-binary or gender-queer identities (funded by the UK College of Occupational Therapists’ Research Foundation)
  • Developing and testing interventions to support people with cancer to return to work (funded by the National Institute of Health Research)
  • Evaluating the experiences of using personal Wikis in mental health recovery journeys (funded by Central and Northwest London NHS Trust)
  • Developing a web-based decision aid to assist occupational therapists to make decisions about disabled and older drivers’ fitness to drive (funded by the UK College of Occupational Therapists’ Research Foundation) 
  • Examining handwriting difficulties in children with Developmental Co-ordination Disorder, in particular using methods in eye-tracking and electromyography to investigate the role of cognition and fatigue (funded by the UK College of Occupational Therapists’ Research Foundation). For more information on this reseasrch please visit our Kidspace webpage. 
  • Examining the feasibility and effectiveness of educating undergraduate occupational therapy and physiotherapy students in motivational interviewing (funded by Health Education North West London Strategic Investment Award)

Please visit our staff page for more information on the research areas of individual staff members.

Research Centres

The Health and Life Sciences College hosts three research centres:

These centres promote interdisciplinary and high impact research by acting as key points of contact between academics, practitioners and the wider community. 

Many College academics are also members of Brunel’s Institute of Environment, Health and Societies.

Related PhD courses

You are very welcome to undertake your PhD or MPhil in one of our research areas and work alongside our researchers. As a research student you'll benefit from the latest work by internationally-renowned academics and the support of our Graduate School. Many of our research initiatives involve successful collaborations with industry, the public sector, business and government, both in the UK and overseas. We have many funded and non-funded research degree opportunities available. For more information, visit our Research Degrees homepage

Fully-funded studentships

Our funded studentships become available at different times of the year. Please keep checking our page regularly to see the latest funded opportunities. We also advertise all our funded studentships as soon as they become available on the @BrunelResearch twitter account.

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