About Us

Jo Griffin

Jo Griffin, Professional Lead in Occupational Therapy, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, Swansea Bay University Health Board.

Jo is undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Healthcare with Cardiff University. As part of this she is conducting a qualitative study of social care support workers experience of learning in the workplace, using an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis methodology.


Dr Catherine Purcell

Dr Catherine Purcell is a Reader in the School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff University. She is an Associate Theme Lead for the College of Biomedical Life Sciences (BLS) Population Health research theme and the lead for research and development in Occupational Therapy. Catherine is a psychologist who is very passionate about supporting a Welsh occupational therapy research environment and supporting occupational therapists to undertake research and service development activities. She is predominantly a quantitative researcher, although typically uses mixed method approaches. Her personal research interests include children, young people and adults with developmental disorders (including Developmental Coordination Disorder, Developmental Language Disorder, Dyslexia, ADHD and ASD) and she has been conducting research in this field for over 10 years. Catherine collaborates both nationally and internationally and she sits on the UK DCD Committee as as co-Chairs the DCD International Society for Research and Advocacy.


Laura Ingam

Laura Ingham is an advanced practitioner occupational therapist who is currently in a research and development role at Swansea Bay University Health Board alongside an associate lecturer post in Cardiff University.

She is passionate about evidencing the impact of occupational therapy and is developing her research interests in areas including hand therapy, rheumatology and primary care.  


Alex Smith

Alex is a Stroke Association Postgraduate Fellow based at the Division of Population Medicine, Cardiff University and Stroke Specialist Occupational Therapist, Wye Valley NHS Trust.  Alex is the R&D lead for the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section Neurological Practice, Stroke Clinical Forum and a member of the steering group for the Royal College of Occupational Therapists & James Lind Alliance Research Priority Setting Partnership. He is passionate about the potential of occupational therapy research to provide the evidence to improve peoples’ lives.

His research ranges across many aspects of post-stroke care, treatment and rehabilitation and is focused on how to understand the outcomes of care or treatment from a service user’s perspective. Within his fellowship role, he is investigating standardised patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) and is trialling a method of making PROMs easier to complete for stroke survivors.


Bethan Mair-Edwards

Bethan is a NHS Research Occupational Therapist, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB and PhD candidate, Cardiff University. Her PhD, which seeks to develop an occupational therapy intervention for people living with early-stage dementia, is supported by a RCOT / UKOTRF Career Development Grant. Bethan has 15 years experience of working in a research capacity, which includes her membership of NHS Research Ethics Committees and employment as a Research Assistant and Patient and Public Involvement consultant on multiple NIHR and HCRW funded studies. Her research interests include the development and evaluation of therapeutic interventions for people living with dementia and mental health conditions.  She is passionate about the involvement of people with lived experience throughout the research process and has a keen interest in participatory methodologies.


Rhiannon Macpherson

Rhiannon is Programme Lead for the part-time occupational therapy route at Wrexham Glyndwr University.  Rhiannon is also admissions tutor, with an interest in widening participation and higher education.  Rhiannon’s clinical interest focusses upon evidence informed practice for children, specifically using cognitive approaches.  

She is currently studying for a Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care with the University of Chester and is exploring transition into practice for new graduates. 


Meysam Tayebipour

Meysam is a second-year occupational therapy student at Wrexham Glyndwr University where he is a student rep for cohort 2020. Prior to his current studies, in occupational therapy, Meysam had obtained a PhD in Politics at Lancaster University. Meysam is interested in social occupational therapy. 

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