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Amanda Graham


About Amanda Graham

Mandy is a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy and practice placements coordinator. Her teaching focuses on the contextual influences on occupation and in working with marginalized groups and communities such as the homeless. Her research interests are in perinatal and forensic mental health.

Mandy has significant experience in working as an occupational therapist within adult mental health services in the NHS; from acute inpatient wards and PICU; rehabilitation and recovery services; community mental health teams; forensic mental health units; older peoples' services; and adult ADHD services. Mandy also spent time working in medicine, orthopaedics and spinal injuries when she first qualified. Later in her career Mandy progressed into managerial and leadership roles and was an occupational therapy professional lead for a large mental health NHS Trust.

Mandy's PhD is exploring the role of occupational therapy within perinatal mental health services in the UK. Mandy received the Constance Owens Trust award of £15,000 to support her research. She enjoys presenting her work at national and international conferences and is passionate about promoting the profession of occupational therapy.

Mandy is the regional communications and social media lead for the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) Northern and Yorkshire region, and enjoys representing RCOT at regional and national events. Mandy is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Current Teaching

MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) module leader:

  • Occupation in Context
  • Transition into Practice
  • Practice Placements

Research Interests

Mandy is currently completing her PhD in Health and Community Studies at Leeds Beckett University. Her research is entitled "An Exploration of Occupational Therapy within Perinatal Mental Health Services: A Grounded Theory Study" and aims to explore the nature, meaning and purpose of occupational therapy within perinatal mental health in order to generate a theoretical approach to professional practice.

Mandy's MSc Occupational Science research explored the use of authentic occupations by occupational therapists within low secure forensic mental health services.

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