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Dr Rob Brooks


About Dr Rob Brooks

Rob is the Course Director for MSc and BSc Occupational Therapy programmes. His teaching interests are occupational science, occupational therapy models and complex interventions. His research is in the areas of children and young people, neurodisability, mental health and occupational formulation.

Rob has an extensive clinical background as an occupational therapists for children, young people and families. His research has built on this clinical work and includes studies to develop an intervention to enhance the participation and mental health of children that have physical disabilities. The use of occupational formulation in Occupational Therapy has also been a key area of theoretical, research and practice development for Rob.

Rob leads the Occupational Therapy teaching team who deliver an innovative programme of teaching, research and practice placements. The programmes are strongly informed by occupational science and this supports our students to be practice-scholars who use evidence to underpin contemporary clinical work. Rob is keen for the curriculum to be informed by his, and the teams research. His teaching focuses on occupational science, models of occupation, research methods and occupational therapy with young people.

Supporting his teaching and research Rob has published in books and journals and has been delighted to work with colleagues from the UK, Sweden, Canada and Australia and speak nationally and internationally about his research findings. He is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Research and Development Board.

 

Current Teaching

  • BSc Occupational Therapy
  • MSc Occupational Therapy

Research Interests

Rob is currently working on a programme of research to develop an intervention to support the participation and mental health of children with neurodisabilities. Funding from the Elizabeth Casson Trust and the Castang Foundation has supported the work to a pilot study phase, which is now under development.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (13)

Books (1)

Chapters (1)

  • Brooks R; Dunford C (2014) Play. In: Bryant W; Fieldhouse J; Bannigan K Creek's Occupational Therapy and Mental Health. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, pp. 277-293.

Conference contributions (3)

  • Brooks R (2017) Occupational formulation in children and young people's mental health Leeds, UK 09/11/2017.
  • Brooks R (2016) Doing or talking about doing? Interventions strategies for children and young people with mental health difficulties. Coventry University, UK 11/11/2016.
  • Brooks R; Kolehmainen N; McAnuff J; Duff C (2016) Improving participation outcomes for children with neurodisability Plymouth University 06/04/2016.
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