I graduated as an occupational therapist in 2003, from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa and later pursued my M.Phil. in infant mental health at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Before moving to Scotland I worked as a lecturer in occupational therapy and served on the Board of an NGO, working with infants and mothers at risk. As a clinician, I worked in the areas of infant, child and adolescent mental health, physical rehabilitation (burns and plastic surgery, orthopedics, neurology, vascular surgery) and work practice. In addition to my clinical experience, I served in several regional and national OT leadership positions in South Africa, notably as the Vice President: Policy and Strategic Development for the Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa (OTASA), and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for OTASA.
I am passionate about working with “persons and groups on the margins” and in my spare time, I enjoy walking my dog, reading, singing in the choir and spending time with loved ones.
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT)
- Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa (OTASA)
- World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)
My research focusses on the relationship between the occupational human, the socio-political factors impacting engagement, occupational identity (ies) and resilience. My research has involved working with sex workers, university students who identity as LGBTQI+, infants born with “ambiguous genitalia”, community care workers and socially responsive service development and leadership in occupational therapy.
Active research interests:
- Sexual and gender minority identities in Occupational Therapy education
- Socially responsive Occupational Therapy practice education
- Intersectional identities and ageing
- Intergenerational poverty, mental health, wellness and resilience
- Occupational Justice
- Leadership in Occupational Therapy
- Critical Participatory Action Research
I contribute to teaching and learning activities across all occupational therapy programme routes, with a particular focus on: foundations of occupational therapy practice; health, wellness, impairment and disability; intersectionality and oppression; occupational transitions.