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Ms Jou Yin Teoh
Senior Lecturer (Education) in Occupational Therapy


I use co-production and participatory methologies including the Kawa Model to scrutinise, challenge, resist and repair systemic injustices impacting occupational therapy workforce learning and development in the UK. My work in this regard has received the University's highest accolades for ‘exceptional contribution to teaching and student experience’, and has also been shortlisted for the NHS England Chief Allied Health Officers' Award for Leadership in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Additionally, my research on co-producing inclusive learning was shortlisted for the BUL Research Impact Awards in the Educational Impact category.

I am the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Lead for the Occupational Therapy Division with primary responsibilities for Racial and Cultural Equity, Digital Accessibility, as well as Support for International / Migrant Students and Staff. My PhD exploring the Hidden Curriculum of Occupational Therapy Education is pending completion, supported by the supervisory committee of of Dr Sofia Barbosa Bouças (Division of Psychology), Dr Geeta Ludhra (Dept of Education) Dr Terry Roberts (Division of Bioscienes) and Dr Michael Iwama (Duke University, USA).

Some of my career highlights include:

  • Chair of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Learning and Development Board (2023-2025)
  • Fellow with the Council of Deans of Health, first occupational therapist to be appointed as part of the inaugural cohort (2022-2023).
  • Professional Lead for Occupational Therapy at Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College (2016-2017), first woman of minoritized ethnoreligious background to be appointed in this position in the history of Malaysian Higher Education
  • Pre-academia: occupational therapy entrepreneur with a special interest in social innovation for public health in the Global South; particularly in the integration of digital and community-centered approaches to build and run systems that contribute towards addressing disparities that affect health and well-being.

I also contribute towards the wider academic and professional community via the following:


PhD (ongoing) The Hidden Curriculum of Occupational Therapy Education

MSc (Distinction) Medical Education, Cardiff University - Chevening scholar

Bachelor in Occupational Therapy, National University of Malaysia / Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Newest selected publications

Kapadia, S. and Teoh, JY. (2022) 'How do occupational therapy practitioners and students from Black, Asian and minoritized ethnic backgrounds in the United Kingdom experience race-based Type II workplace violence?'.Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Meeting (RCOT 2022). London (virtual). 14 - 15 June. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. pp. 7 - 8. ISSN: 0308-0226

Conference paper

Teoh, JY. (2021) 'How occupational therapy practitioners use virtual communities on the Facebook social media platform for professional learning: A critical incident study'. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 29 (1). pp. 58 - 68. ISSN: 1103-8128 Open Access Link

Journal article

Teoh, JY. (2020) 'Population-level public mental health intervention via interdisciplinary COVID-19 health crisis communication: how can occupational therapists contribute?'. World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin, 77 (1). pp. 1 - 6. ISSN: 1447-3828

Journal article

Teoh, JY. and Lim, KH. (2019) 'Research beyond biomedical confines: towards better mental health and well-being for all'. Neuroscience Research Notes, 2 (4). pp. 1 - 4.Open Access Link

Journal article

Teoh, JY. and Iwama, M. (2015) 'The Kawa Model Made Easy: A Guide to Applying the Kawa Model in Occupational Therapy Practice (2nd edition)'. Kuala Lumpur: ISSN 13: 978-967-13863-0-9

More publications(5)