Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader, PgDip/MSc Occupational Therapy (Post-Reg)


Division: Occupational Therapy & Arts Therapies

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Dr Fiona Maclean (BSc., M.Phil., PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in the Occupational Therapy & Arts Therapies Division. She is also an Associate member of the Centre for Person-centred Practice Research.


  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Funded Projects
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Activities & Awards

I am an occupational therapist and I have worked with older people in a variety of practice contexts throughout my career. My doctoral research, framing occupational therapists’ knowledge and beliefs of alcohol misuse in physical health care settings, considered the role of education and how education influences professional knowledge and beliefs connected to alcohol misuse.  I am interested in the importance of promoting meaningful occupation with older people in preventing alcohol misuse in physical health care settings, and the ways through which education can influence this.   This connects with, and is supported by, my associate membership of the Centre for Person-centred Practice Research.

I also work in collaboration with Alzheimer Scotland initiating the first funded internship programme for occupational therapy students and recent graduates. My teaching and learning commitments at Queen Margaret University focus primarily on my role as programme leader for the MSc (Post Reg.) in Occupational Therapy.  I am a member of the School of Health Sciences Academic Board, supporting the review, implementation and promotion of School specific objectives and strategies, and I also act as an Academic Champion for the Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Advisory Group.

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • British Association of Occupational Therapists
  • World Federation of Occupational Therapy
  • Health and Care Professions Council

Professional Social Media:

  • Twitter: @MacleanFiona
  • Researchnet: Fiona Maclean

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

Older People and the prevention of alcohol misuse through occupation: Research exploring occupational therapists’ knowledge, beliefs and practice associated with alcohol misuse in physical health care settings, especially with older adults, is scarce. My interest lies in understanding the relationship between occupational therapy education and how this can influence practice in the prevention of alcohol misuse in older adults in physical health care settings.

Older People and dementia: Understanding the nature and importance of meaningful occupation, and how this can be sustained with people experiencing dementia.

Active Research Interests:

  • Occupation and healthfulness
  • Meaningful occupation and dementia

Research Methods:

  • Gap analysis
  • Generic qualitative research
  • Survey methods


Please see my research publications in eResearch – Queen Margaret University’s repository

Research Grants & Contracts Funding:

2016 Carnegie Research Incentive Grant: Intertwining occupation and healthfulness in the hospital setting to prevent alcohol misuse in older people, £3,823


Other Funding:

2015 Santander Universities UK Internship Fund: “This is me”; working with the Scottish Dementia Working Group (SDWG), £6,000

2014 Santander Universities UK Internship Fund: Building Practice Placement Resources for AHP Placements with Alzheimer Scotland, £3,000

2013 Santander Universities UK Internship Fund: An exploration of final year undergraduate occupational therapy students knowledge and understanding of the Level Two Promoting Excellence Framework at QMU, £3,000

My primary teaching and learning responsibilities are to the MSc (Post Reg.) in Occupational Therapy programme and the BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy. I am responsible for delivering a range of teaching connected to masters level study and dissertation supervision.  I support the delivery of third and fourth year teaching on the BSc (Hons) programme connected to my areas of research interest and theoretical underpinnings of occupational therapy.  I provide pre-registration dissertation supervision and act as an academic tutor across both programmes. My seminars and lectures focus on evaluating occupational therapy practice, practice in changing contexts and developing innovation through enquiry, amongst other topics.

I am a member of the School of Health Sciences MSc Framework, delivering teaching as part of the learning methodologies team and prior to this, inter-professional education of level 1 and 2 of undergraduate education.

Program Leader:

MSc (Post Reg.) in Occupational Therapy

2016 - Degree of Doctor of Philosophy by Published Work, Queen Margaret University

1999 - Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.), Open University

1994 - Assessment Techniques Including Psychological Testing, City University, London.

1991 - BSc in Occupational Therapy, Queen Margaret University.