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Dr Sushmita Mohapatra
HP Lecturer - Occupational Therapy & Community Nursing

Mary Seacole Building 301 Pod 9b


Dr Mohapatra is a specialist Occupational therapist with expertise in Stroke and Neuro rehabilitation.  She is a Fellow in HEA; her Doctorate was funded by the LifeCycle-3 from University of Nottingham and focused on recovery and rehabilitation of survivors of severe disabilities after stroke, including decision making for rehabilitation care provision and carergiver's experience.

Sushmita joined Brunel University in 2019 as a Lecturer in the College of Health and Life Sciences. Previous to Brunel, she was a Clinical lead Therapist at Kings College Hospital, London and a Specialist Advisor for Care Quality Commission. She has experience in leading multi disciplinary rehabilitation care pathways, working across a broad range of complex neurological conditions within hospital, community and out patient setting both in public and private sectors. Sushmita is passionate about improving health care through innovative research and  her area of research interest include mixed methods participatory design, co-design, user-centered design fousing on incorporating service users’ perspective to develop innovative clinical practice solutions in stroke and neurological rehabilitation.


PhD- Rehabilitation and Ageing : University of Nottingham (2018)

Masters in Management of Health and Social Care (MSc-MH&SC) : Oxford Brookes University (2010)

Masters in Occupationaltherapy (MOTh)-Neuro rehabilitation: Mumbai University in India in 2003.

Bachelors in Occupational Therapy (BOT) : Utkal University, India ( 2001)


Sushmita has recently joined  Brunel university and working as a Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Newest selected publications

Mohapatra, S., Cheung, KL., Hiligsmann, M. and Anokye, N. (2021) 'Most Important Factors for Deciding Rehabilitation Provision for Severe Stroke Survivors Post Hospital Discharge: A Study Protocol for a Best–Worst Scaling Experiment'. Methods and Protocols, 4 (2). pp. 1 - 9. ISSN: 2409-9279 Open Access Link

Journal article

Mohapatra, S. and Kulnik, ST. (2020) 'Kitchen-related tasks used in occupational therapy during rehabilitation of adults with acquired brain injury: a systematic review'. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 84 (1). pp. 1 - 32. ISSN: 0308-0226 Open Access Link

Journal article

Mohapatra, S. (2019) 'Rehabilitation for survivors of severe stroke'. PhD Thesis.Open Access Link

Thesis dissertation

Kulnik, ST., Mohapatra, S., Gawned, S. and Jones, F. (2018) 'Managing the severely impaired arm after stroke: a mixed-methods study with qualitative emphasis.'. Disability and rehabilitation, 42 (13). pp. 1826 - 1834. ISSN: 0963-8288 Open Access Link

Journal article

Mohapatra, S., Walker, MF., Sackley, CM. and Fisher, R. (2018) 'Longitudinal measurement of functional recovery in stroke survivors with severe disabilities'.UKSF 2018. Liverpool.

Conference paper
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