Dr Katrina Bannigan

Dr Katrina Bannigan

Associate Professor (Reader) in Occupational Therapy

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health & Human Sciences)


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 and related programmes (including embedding research into all occupational therapy and occupational science and related programmes).

3.    I lead research projects and I am currently leading:

·          Projects related to occupation and mental health (in collaboration with Professor Richard Byng in Primary Care, Plymouth University and Dr Mary Birken, Research Fellow, School of Health Professions, Plymouth University)

·          An evaluation of public health for Plymouth City Council

·          The IHC Plymouth Case Study Research Project (which is using single case studies to increase research and research capacity in occupational therapy).

4.    I am a Visiting Professor at Riga Stradins University, Latvia (2012 – Present).

5.    I am a core member of the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Collaborating Centre at Plymouth University and an accredited JBI reviewer.

6.    I am a co-editor of the 5th edition of Creek’s Occupational Therapy in Mental Health.

7.  I am a panel member of the School of Health Professions Bachelor Degree Ethics sub-committee.


2013                Senior Fellowship HigherEducation Academy

2008                UniversityTeaching Fellow, York St John University, UK

2008                Effective Research StudentSupervision: The role of the internal examiner, University of Leeds

2005                Effective Research StudentSupervision in Science, Engineering and Medically-Related Disciplines,

                          University of Leeds

2004                University Certificate inResearch Supervision, University of Teesside

2004                Postgraduate Certificate inLearning and Teaching in Higher Education, Universityof Teesside

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

                           University of Hull

2000                Postgraduate Certificate inResearch Training, University of Hull

1998                Certificate in Foundation inFieldwork Education, Collegeof Ripon and York St John

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

1992                BD (Hons) Systematic Theology,University of Aberdeen

Professional membership

·        Founder member. Count me in network (Children and YoungPeople’s participation), 2011 - present

·        Higher Education Academy, 2004 - present (Senior Fellowsince 2013)

·        Member, College of Occupational Therapists SpecialistSection in Mental Health (previously the Association of Occupational Therapistsin Mental Health), 1997 - present

·        Member, British Association of Occupational Therapists,1995 - present.

·        Member, World Federation of OccupationalTherapists, 1995 -present.

Roles on external bodies

·        DisciplinaryReviewer for occupational therapy, Research Quality Review University College Cork (UCC), Ireland, 2015

·        Member of the external panel for the ProfessionalStandards Framework, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2013 – 2015

·        Guest editor, World Federation of Occupational TherapistsBulletin special edition focused on evidence based practice, 2014

·        York St John University representative, European Network of Occupational Therapy inHigher Education (ENOTHE), 2012- 2014

·        Member, Mental Health Research Network NorthEast Advisory Board, 2011– 2014

·        Member of the editorial board of the WorldFederation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin, 2010-2012

·        Member of the editorial board of the BritishJournal of Occupational Therapy, 2010-2012

·        Consultant, University of Northampton, 2010

·        External panel member, Best practice awards, TheRetreat, York, 2009-2014

·        Elected member for Research & Developmentof 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 OccupationalTherapists, 2006-2007

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

·        Research & Development member, Council ofCollege of Occupational Therapists, 2004-2007

·        Chair Research and Development Board, Collegeof Occupational Therapists, 2004-2007

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

·        Member,County Durham and Tees Valley Allied Health Professions Research andDevelopment Forum, 2002-2005

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

·        Member of Research Advisory Group, BritishAssociation of Hand Therapists, 2000-2008

·        Co-opted member, Joint Therapies Research Group (a jointcommittee of the College of Occupational Therapists, Royal College of Speechand Language Therapists and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy), 1997-2000

·        Chair, North Riding British Association of Occupational Therapistssub-group, 1996-1999

Teaching interests

1.    Teaching at undergraduateand postgraduate level:

·        Occupational therapy, with a special interest in adultmental health

·        Evidence based practice/ research methodology

·        Systematic reviews (including qualitative meta synthesis)

2.    Supervision of Masters andPhD students, using both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

Staff serving as external examiners

An externalPhD examiner/ confirmation of candidature for five occupational therapists Leeds Metropolitan University, Kings College London, StaffordshireUniversity, University of Brighton, University of Western Sydney (2006 -present)

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

M Res awarded to Samantha Gascoyne for a dissertation entitled ‘A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Continuation Phase CBT for the Prevention of Relapse inPeople with Depression.’ Awarded September 2014 York St John University

Grants & contracts

-       Faculty of Health and LifeSciences, York St John University (2012-2015)

Is occupational therapy effectivein increasing the participation of people with mental health problems?: Arandomised controlled trial to test feasibility.

Phd studentship (£60,000)

(With Jacqueline Akhurst,Community psychology, York St John University and ROPE research group)


-       World Federation ofOccupational Therapists (2012-present)

Global survey of occupationaltherapy and mental health

Award of $5,000

(With Jane Cronin-Davis andAlison Laver-Fawcett, York St John University)


-       Faculty of Health and LifeSciences, York St John University (2011-2012)

Developing a measure ofparticipation in mental health

Award of 0.5 wte ResearchAssistant

(With Jane Cronin-Davis, York StJohn University and ROPE research group)


-       York St John University Researchcluster grant (2008-2009)

A bid camp

Award of £5000

(with Dr Jacqui Akhurst, York StJohn University; Dr Anita Atwal, Brunel University; Dr Sarah Cook, SheffieldHallam; Dr Laura Potts, York St John University; Hilary Williams, South London& Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust)


-       York St John University(2008)

TQEF Research Informed Teaching‘Students as Research Assistants’ – The Employment Study

Award of £1000

(with Sheena Good, York St JohnUniversity)


-       York St John University(2008-Present)

Students as Co-Researchers(SCoRe) 2010 Enquiry based learning project Award of £3676

(with Peter Gray, York St JohnUniversity and Dr Karen Llewellyn, York St John University)


-       Yorkshire and HumberStrategic Health Authority

Exploration of the CSP’s Guidelinesfor Community Practitioners

Award of £945

(with Kate Stainsby, York St JohnUniversity)


-       York St John University(2008-2010)

Teaching fellowship

Award of £4000

-       York St John UniversityResearch cluster grant (2008)

Work and mental health and well-being:a scoping study to develop an understanding of interdisciplinary research inthe field.

Award of £11000

(with Dr Jacqui Akhurst, York StJohn University; Dr Ted Brown, Monash University and Hannah Rossall, York StJohn University)


-       British Association ofHand Therapists (2008-2011)

The effectiveness of a selfmanagement programme for people fitted with a splint for osteoarthritis of thethumb: feasibility study (SMOAT)

Award of £17000

(with Kerry Sorby, ProfessorPatrick Doherty, Susan Tromans)


-       College of OccupationalTherapists (2006-Present)

Evaluation of the impact of theimplementation of government policy on occupational therapy: using assertiveoutreach as an exemplar (EAGER).

Award of £68166

(with Professor Patrick Doherty,York St John University and Simon Hughes, Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHSTrust)


-       College of OccupationalTherapists (2005-2007)

A study on ‘Priorities forOccupational Therapy Research’ (POTTER). The project aims to identify thecurrent national priorities for occupational therapy research in the UnitedKingdom.

Award of £31792.00

(with Professor Patrick DohertyYork St John University, Dr Gail Boniface, Cardiff University; Professor MaggieNicol, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh; and Dr Alison Porter-Armstrongand Rhonda Scudds, University of Ulster).


-       University of Teesside(2004 – 2005)

Effective assessment of learningoutcomes and skills in Higher Education: a systematic review (with CLQE,University of Teesside).

Award of £6,000.





The IHC Plymouth Case Study Research Project