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 and lead for research and development in Occupational Therapy at Cardiff University. Catherine is a psychologist by training who is very passionate about supporting a Welsh occupational therapy research environment and supporting occupational therapists to undertake research. She is predominantly a quantitative researcher, although typically uses mixed method approaches. Her personal research interests are in children 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 represents the UK on the International Society for Research in DCD. 

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.


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.  


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