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


My teaching, research and graduate student supervision is focused on digital, collectivist, community-centred approaches to develop and deliver cost-effective, high-value healthcare education and services which are just, equitable, and inclusive for populations with complex diversity. I am a recipient of the 2022 Council of Deans of Health Fellowship and was awarded BUL's highest accolades for exceptional contribution to teaching and student experience in 2020 / 2021: the Ken Darby-Dowman Memorial Prize as well as highest score for the Brunel Union of Students Student-Led Awards.

Prior to my current appointment with the Occupational Therapy Division (also known as the London School of Occupational Therapy, est. 1934) at Brunel University London (BUL); I worked at Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College as a Lecturer and Professional Lead of Occupational Therapy - the first woman of minoritized ethnoreligious background to hold this position in the history of Malaysian Higher Education. Pre-academia, I was an 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-centred approaches to build and run systems that contribute towards addressing disparities that affect health and well-being.

I am an editorial board member for the following peer-reviewed academic journals: the Phillipine Journal of Allied Health SciencesNeuroscience Research Notes and Sports & Health Research Notes. I am also a Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE). My PhD titled The Hidden Curriculum of Occupational Therapy Practice Education is pending completion, funded by BUL and the Elizabeth Casson Trust, and supported by the supervisory committee of Dr Sofia Barbosa Bouças (Division of Psychology), Dr Geeta Ludhra (Dept of Education), Dr Michael Iwama (Duke University, USA), and Dr Terry Roberts (Division of Bioscienes).


PhD (ongoing) The Hidden Curriculum of Occupational Therapy Practice Education

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

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


Lead, Racial And Cultural Equity (RACE) Working Group | Digital Accessibility Champion | Divisional Representative on CHMLS EDI Committee

JEDI efforts at divisional level form a significant part of my responsibilities, with a primary focus on race and culture as well as digital accessibility for staff and students. Our Racial and Cultural Equity (RACE) working group is a collaborative effort between occupational therapy students and academic staff aligned with the greater goal of facilitating a 'third space' that is inclusive for as diverse a range of students as possible. We aspire towards an intersectional approach to anti-oppression which also takes into account the effects of race and culture on disability, neurodiversity, gender, class, sexual orientation, religion, as well as language.

Year Lead - FHEQ Level 4

I work with first-year BSc Occupational Therapy students to co-produce a third space for learning that facilitates their early-stage transitions into the world of occupational therapy / healthcare.

Study Block Lead

HH1705 (BSc) Human Sciences [anatomy / physiology / psychology / sociology]

OT5706 (MSc) Occupational Therapy Practice in Context [evidence-based practice / global public health]

OT5708 (MSc) Lifestyle Redesign [global public health / health promotion]

OT5712 (MSc) People and Communities [global / public / population health]

Assessment Block Lead

HH1812 (BSc) Knowledge and Skills for Practice II [assessment for HH1705 and related study blocks]

HH1813 (BSc) Reasoning as an Occupational Therapist [assessment for HH1705 and related study blocks]

OT5803 (MSc) The Context of Occupational Therapy Provision [assessment for OT5706 and related study blocks]

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?'. 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. 1 - 12. 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)