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 Chartered psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society 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 and gets very excited about co-production. 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 and is the Vice-Chair of the DCD International Society for Research and Advocacy. Catherine is also a member of the Neurodevelopmental Conditions (Welsh) Ministerial Clinical Advisory Group.


Laura Ingam

Laura Ingham is currently Research and Development Lead for Occupational Therapy at Swansea Bay University Health Board alongside a part-time clinical team lead role in the Rheumatology Occupational Therapy Service.  She is also a PhD student at Cardiff University and is exploring through a mixed methods study, evaluation methods used by Occupational Therapist’s in Primary Care.

Laura is passionate about evidencing the impact of occupational therapy and has been developing research interests in areas which have included hand therapy, rheumatology, evaluation methods with a focus on Value Based Health Care and primary care.  She very much enjoys supporting and developing the skills of others and regularly collaborates with health board colleagues and partners from outside SBUHB to progress service evaluation and research projects.


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. 


Dr 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.


Dr Tania Wiseman

Dr Tania Wiseman is an Associate Professor at Swansea University where she is  the professional lead for occupational therapy.  Tania is a passionate occupational therapy educator, and therefore  passionate about supporting research and service development activities.  She also has a strong interest in sustainability in the curriculum and in practice, and is a founding member of the Sustainable Healthcare Academic Research and Enterprise conference team and member of the Sustainable Occupational Therapy Education and Research group.  She is predominantly a qualitative researcher, with a special interest in narrative methodologies and sustainable data sources.  Her personal research interest focuses on leisure in later life, particularly more passive pastimes that are often overlooked in health research.  She has been conducting research in this field for over 10 years.


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