BiographyMy interests are based upon my belief that it is no longer acceptable to ignore all of the occupations that people subjectively experience and that can impact upon their health and/or their well-being - be it in a helpful or a detrimental way. The range of occupations we should consider range from the everyday, mundane, boring, even, right through to the more extreme, perhaps risky and illegal.
My doctoral work has really ignited an interest in further exploring the impact of trauma and the associated ways in which people can action resilience, survival, and identity renegotiation through a range of occupations that could be considered as 'adaptive' or 'maladaptive'. Though, occupation is more complex than any such binary distinction, as the subjective experience can alter or transform in response to, or because of, various factors that impact upon human occupation.
In line with this aim to gain a more authentic understanding of human occupation, I identify as a Feminist Auto/Biographical researcher, meaning I concur with Letherby (2014, p. 45) that "research is informed by auto/biographical experience and is an intellectual activity that involves a consideration of power, emotion and P/politics".
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
The Dark Side of Occupation
Routledge Book - Illuminating The Dark Side of Occupation: International Perspectives from Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science
The perceived impacts of woman-to-woman rape and sexual assault, and the subsequent experience of disclosure, reaction, and support on victim/survivors’ subjective experience of occupation.
Thesis - https://pearl.plymouth.ac.uk/handle/10026.1/6551
Upcoming book, edited with Professor Gayle Letherby - The Doctoral Journey as an Emotional, Embodied, Political Experience: stories from the field.