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Ms Tai Frater

Ms Tai Frater
Honorary Lecturer - Health Sciences

Mary Seacole 301


I am an occupational therapist specialised in work with children, young people and families.  In 2011 I was awarded the Elizabeth Casson Memorial Scholarship to study my MSc at Tufts University in Boston, USA and on my return in 2012 I joined the lecturing team at Brunel University London.

I am interested in person and family centred care and enablement approaches including parent coaching, shared decision making and motivational interviewing.  I also have an interest in quality improvement and implementing evidence based practice and in 2016 I was awarded an Improvement Leader Fellowship from the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Northwest London (NWL).  My fellowship project targeted shared decision making with children acquired brain injury and their families.  In 2019 I was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust fellowship to explore parent coaching practices in occupational therapy in New Zealand, USA and Canada.  At Brunel I champion active learning strategies that maximise student engagement such as team based learning and digital learning tools.  I am currently co-lead of the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme.

Outside of work I have two young children and is often found chasing one or both of them round the nearest woods.  I can be found on twitter as @tai_the_OT 


Committee responsibilities (School and University)

BSc (Hons) and MSc Occupational Therapy Examination Panels and Boards

BSc (Hons) and MSc Occupational Therapy Boards of Studies

Teaching / Division Responsibilities

  • Programme Co-Lead BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
  • Admissions Tutor for BSc Occupational Therapy (Home/EU) Students
  • 2017-2018 Block Lead Human Sciences (BSc), Informing Sciences (MSc), Contexts of Service Provision (MSc)
  • Responsible for roll out of the NHS Core Skills Training Programme across MSc and BSc pre-registration programmes (2014-2016)
  • MSc Dissertation Supervisor (13 students supervised to completion, 4 ongoing student projects)
  • Personal and Academic Tutor on MSc and BSc programmes
  • Reviewing submissions to the University Ethics committee

Newest selected publications

Kramer-Roy, D., Hashim, D., Tahir, N., Khan, A., Khalid, A., Faiz, N., et al. (2020) 'The developing role of occupational therapists in school-based practice: Experiences from collaborative action research in Pakistan'. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 83 (6). pp. 030802261989184 - 030802261989184. ISSN: 0308-0226 Open Access Link

Journal article

Norris, M., Eva, G., Fortune, J., Breckon, J. and Frater, T. (2019) 'Educating undergraduate occupational therapy and physiotherapy students in motivational interviewing: the student perspective'. BMC Medical Education, 19 (1). pp. 1 - 7. ISSN: 1472-6920 Open Access Link

Journal article

Fortune, J., Breckon, J., Norris, M., Eva, G. and Frater, T. (2018) 'Motivational Interviewing training for physiotherapy and occupational therapy students: Effect on confidence, knowledge and skills.'. Patient Education and Counseling, 102 (4). pp. 694 - 700. ISSN: 0738-3991 Open Access Link

Journal article

Austin, D., Frater, T., Wales, L. and Dunford, C. (2017) 'Measuring changes in functional ability in older children and young people with acquired brain injury using the UK FIM + FAM'. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 8 (12). pp. 74 - 81. ISSN: 0308-0226 Open Access Link

Journal article

Austin, D., Spencer, H., Wales, L. and Frater, T. (2016) 'Capturing clinical change in children and youth with brain injury using the UK FIM plus FAM'. BRITISH JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, 79. pp. 1 - 1. ISSN: 0308-0226

Journal article
More publications(5)