Mrs Miranda Cunningham
Profiles

Mrs Miranda Cunningham

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy (Education)

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

Role

Lecturer in occupational therapy
Admissions tutor for the MSc Pre-Registration Occupational Therapy

Elected member of the Occupational Science Europe Executive Board

Qualifications

MSc Advanced Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy
PgCert Marketing - Chartered Institute of Marketing
PgCert Academic Practice
PgDip Business Management
BSc Hons Occupational Therapy
BA Hons Business Studies

Professional membership

HCPC registered
British Association of Occupational Therapists
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Roles on external bodies

Member of the Occupational Therapy Admissions Tutors Forum
Member of the International Society of Occupational Scientists

Teaching interests

Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science
Groups and group dynamics
Mental Health
Community development
Psychosocial interventions
Practice Placement Education

Research interests

Occupational science
Homelessness and marginalised populations
Community development through occupation
Supporting students with disabilities on placement
Using Web 2.0 technology to support placement educators

Member of the steering group for the Food as a Lifestyle Motivator (FLM) pilot research project.  Funded by ISSR. Staff investigator for FLM phase two: Dec 2015 – Dec 2016. Funded by British Academy/Leverhulme

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Pettinger C, Parsons JM, Cunningham M, Withers L, D'Aprano G, Letherby G, Sutton C, Whiteford A & Ayres R 2017 'Engaging homeless individuals in discussion about their food experiences to optimise wellbeing: A pilot study' Health Education Journal , DOI PEARL
Cunningham MJ & Slade A 2017 'Exploring the lived experience of homelessness from an occupational perspective' Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy 1-14 , DOI PEARL
Pettinger C, Letherby G, Parsons JM, Withers L, Cunningham M, Whiteford A, D'Aprano G, Ayres R & Sutton C 0 'Employing Participatory Methods to Engage an Under-Researched Group: opportunities and challenges' Methodological Innovations PEARL
Chapters
Cunningham MJ 2016 'Broadening understandings of occupational identity: illustrations from a research study of homeless adults' in Sakellariou D; Pollard N Occupational therapies without borders: integrating justice with practice. Elsevier PEARL
Conference Papers
Pettinger C, Cunningham M, Parsons JM, Ayres R, D'Aprano G, Whiteford A & Letherby G 2016 'USING CREATIVE METHODS TO ENGAGE ‘MARGINALIZED’ GROUPS IN FOOD/NUTRITION ACTIVITIES: A PLYMOUTH PILOT STUDY' International Congress of Dietetics Granada, Spain 07/09/2016 10/09/2016 PEARL
Cunningham MJ, Warren A, Krizaj T, Twinley R & Mitchell S 2016 'DEVELOPING PROBLEM BASED LEARNING IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY' 2016 - COTEC-ENOTHE Congress 15/06/2016 19/06/2016 PEARL
Cunningham MJ & slade A 2016 'EXPANDING CONCEPTUALISATIONS OF OCCUPATIONAL IDENTITY: DRAWING FROM THE LIVED EXPERIENCE OF HOMELESSNESS' 2016 - COTEC-ENOTHE Congress Galway 15/06/2016 19/06/2016 PEARL
Cunningham MJ, Pettinger C, Parsons J, Sutton C, Whiteford A, Ayres R, D'Aprano G, Withers L & Letherby G 2016 'EXPLORING RESIDING IN A HOMELESS HOSTEL IN THE UK THE USE OF ‘FOOD AS A LIFE-STYLE MOTIVATOR’ AMONGST HOMELESS PEOPLE: A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT' 2016 - COTEC-ENOTHE Congress 15/06/2016 19/06/2016 PEARL
Cunningham M 2015 'Exploring the lived experience of homelessness from an occupational perspective' 30-30
Cunningham MJ 2015 'An occupational perspective on the lived experience of homelessness' The College of Occupational Therapists Annual 39th Conference Brighton 30/06/2015 03/07/2015 PEARL

Additional information

I have been an Occupational Therapist since 2001, prior to that I worked in higher education for the Enterprise in Higher Education project at Sheffield Hallam University.