Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader, Occupational Therapy


Division: Occupational Therapy & Arts Therapies

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Dr Gail Carin-Levy (BSc (Hons), SFHEA) is a Senior Lecturer in the Occupational Therapy & Arts Therapies Division. She is also a member of the Centre for Applied Social Sciences (Full member).

Gail joined QMU in 2005, following a varied career of research and clinical roles in occupational therapy. Prior to training as an occupational therapist, Gail spent 20 years of her life in Israel, where she pursued a variety of interests, as a welfare officer during national service as well as a SCUBA diving instructor. Both these roles led to Gail’s interest in human occupation as well as education.

As an occupational therapist, Gail has worked both in acute hospital settings and community services and has always had a special interest in stroke and early supported discharge from hospital. Gail has also extensive research experience utilising a variety of methods. Gail is programme director for pre-registration Occupational Therapy (MOccTher, BSc (Hons) and MSc OT pre-registration), she works on the admissions team as well as education and supervision on both undergraduate and post-graduate programmes.

External roles: Gail has extensive experience as an External Examiner. She is currently appointed to the Learning and Development Board of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) as well as being the RCOT professional and strategic lead for Occupational Therapy at QMU.

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Member of BAOT,
  • HCPC Registrant,
  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy.

Professional Social Media:

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

Gail has a wide range of experiences in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies with a particular interest in mixed methods research. In 2018, Gail completed her PhD on the identification of Post Stroke Delirium (a mixed methods programme). Additionally, Gail is working on generating the 5th edition of Muscles, Nerves and Movement in Human Occupation, a textbook widely used in the OT education in the UK and overseas.

Her research interests are evident from her publications in peer-reviewed journals: Stroke care particularly delirium after stroke, life after stroke, and, the engagement in a variety of purposeful activities. Gail supervises both undergraduate and postgraduates students on a range of topics, utilising a wide range of methodologies.

Active Research Interests:

  • Life after stroke, delirium in acute stroke, participation in occupation in later life

Research Methods:

  • Mixed methods, systematic review and meta-analysis, observational studies, survey, descriptive phenomenology, abbreviated grounded theory.

Gail lectures in various areas of focus, to include, applied anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of conditions that are relevant to the practice of Occupational Therapy and the understanding of human occupation. Gail also takes a role in research skills teaching and very much enjoys working with students across the stages of development. Gail has been praised for her innovative and engaging teaching methods. Gail takes a keen interest in curriculum design and is always striving to improve upon the methods of teaching and assessment with a particular interest in innovative and sustainable practice.

2015 Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

2015 Turnitin Global Innovation Awards. Category: Student Engagement Award: Honourable mention.

2014-2015 Queen Margaret University Student Teaching and Representation (STaR): Innovating Teaching. Awarded

2013-2014 Queen Margaret University Student Teaching and Representation (STaR):

Inspiring and Engaging Teaching. Nominated.