Katrinna Bannigan


In my role:

1. I lead research and enterprise in the broad area of occupational therapy and occupational science under the auspices of the Institute of Health and Community.

2. I contribute to the management, academic development and quality of occupational therapy & related programmes.

3. I am responsible for embedding research into all occupational therapy and occupational science and related programmes.

I am the Deputy Director of The University of Plymouth Centre for Innovations in Health and Social Care: a Centre of Excellence of the Joanna Briggs Institute, co-lead of the Participation in Everyday Life research group, co-convener of the IHC Plymouth Public Health Forum, Visiting professor at the Faculty of Rehabilitation, Riga Stradins University, Latvia and a co-editor of the 5th edition of Creek’s Occupational Therapy in Mental Health.


My research is within the field of adult mental health, with a particular interest in the contribution of occupational therapy to increasing participation and systematic reviews.

Examples of recentlycompleted/ ongoing studies include:

– Systematic reviews of the interventions to support employment for people with anxiety and depression

– A umbrella review of occupational therapy to increase participation for people with a mental health condition

– An evaluation of workplace wellbeing in Plymouth

– The Institute of Health and Community Plymouth Case Study Research Project (which is using single case studies to increase research and research capacity in occupational therapy)

– Exploring the current education levels and practices for the assessment and treatment for post-stroke anxiety and depression of occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists in the UK


2013                Senior Fellowship Higher Education Academy

2008                University Teaching Fellow, York St John University, UK

2004                Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Teesside

2004                PhD thesis on ‘Increasing theuse of research findings in four allied health professions’,

University of Hull

1995                BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy – First, University of Derby

1992                BD (Hons) Systematic Theology, University of Aberdeen

Professional membership

–    Higher Education Academy, 2004 – present (Senior Fellow since 2013)

–    Member, College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section in Mental Health (previously the Association of Occupational Therapists in Mental Health), 1997 – present

–    Member, British Association of Occupational Therapists, 1995 – present.

–    Member, World Federation of Occupational Therapists, 1995 – present.

Roles on external bodies

–  External Assessor (Selection Committee Lectureship in Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy) School of Clinical Therapies, University College Cork, 2017

–  External evaluator (Suitability of a candidate for appointment as professor/ head of department in the department of occupational therapy) University of Pretoria, South Africa, 2017

–  Disciplinary Reviewer for occupational therapy, Research Quality Review University College Cork (UCC), Ireland, 2015

–  Member of the external panel for the Professional Standards Framework, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2013 – 2015

–  Guest editor, World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin special edition focused on evidence based practice, 2014

–   York St John University representative, European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE), 2012- 2014

–  Founder member. Count me in network (Children and Young People’s participation), 2011 – 2017

–   Member, Mental Health Research Network North East Advisory Board, 2011–2014

–  Member of the editorial board of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin, 2010-2012

–  Member of the editorial board of the British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2010-2012

–  Consultancy (to supervise PhD students), University of Northampton, 2010

–  External panel member, Best practice awards, The Retreat, York, 2009-2014

–  Elected member for Research & Development of Executive Committee COT Specialist Section – Mental Health, 2008 – 2010

–  Co-opted member for Research & Development of Executive Committee COT Specialist Section – Mental Health, 2007– 2008

–  Vice Chair, Council of College of Occupational Therapists, 2006-2007

–  Visiting scholar, University of Western Sydney, Australia,2006

–  Research & Development member, Council of College of OccupationalTherapists, 2004-2007

–  Chair Research and Development Board, College of OccupationalTherapists, 2004-2007

–  Member, British Association of Occupational Therapist Northern & Yorkshire Regional Committee, 2002-2007

–  Member, County Durham & Tees Valley Allied Health Professions Research & Development Forum, 2002-2005

–  Vice-chair, Northern and Yorkshire Allied Health Professions and Nursing Research & Development Advisory Group, 2001–2004

–  Member of Research Advisory Group, British Association of Hand Therapists, 2000-2008

–  Co-opted member, Joint Therapies Research Group (a joint committee of the College of Occupational Therapists, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy), 1997-2000

–  Chair, North Riding British Association of Occupational Therapists sub-group,1996-1999

Do Live Well Framework

Do Live Well Framework

Main Area

The “Do Live Well” framework is a new Canadian tool that was developed by Occupational therapists to capture evidence linking a range of activity patterns to health and well-being outcomes.  It is based on the idea that “what you do every day matters”. It is a positive health promotion approach designed to empower individuals to recognize changes […]