Dr Rebecca Twinley
Lecturer in Occupational Therapy (Balanced)
School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences)
Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
Occupational Scientist - see Plymouth University work in this area at: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/occupational-science-and-occupational-therapy
Creator of the concept: 'The Dark Side of Occupation' #thedarksideofoccupation Please visit: https://thedarksideofoccupation.wordpress.com
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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): The perceived impacts of woman-to-womanrape and sexual assault, and the subsequent experience of disclosure, reaction,and support on victims/survivors’ subjective experiences of occupation.
Post-GraduateCertificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP)
MSc Health Through Occupation
BSc (Hons) Sociology
Why Experience Matters: Qualitative Research, Deakin University and Griffith University (online, via FutureLearn), 15/03/2019
Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Programme, The Joanna Briggs Institute (2015)
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Member of the British Sociological Association (BSA) Auto/Biography Study Group
Roles on external bodies
Approved member of the Occupational Therapy Europe Register of Experts in the area of Dark Side of Occupation since May 2019
Theory - occupation, occupational therapy and occupational science
Practice - occupation-focused, evidence-based, skills
Physical health and wellbeing (Stroke Care, Older Person's Care)
Health promotion with communities
Communication skills required for practice
Professional studies - ethics, conduct, CPD
Project studies (research design)
PhD (completed May 2016) title: The perceived impacts of woman-to-woman rape and sexual assault, and the subsequent experience of disclosure, reaction, and support on victims/survivors’ subjective experiences of occupation.
Dr Anita Slade, Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, Plymouth University
Professor Gayle Letherby, Professor of Sociology & Visiting Specialist, School of Health Professions, Plymouth University
Distance supervisor: Professor S. Caroline Taylor (AM), Patron Victims and Witnesses of Crime Court Support Inc (NSW, Australia) and Associate Professor, Plymouth University
- The dark side of occupation
- The lived gay experience
- Subjective experiences of occupation
- Working with victims/survivors of childhood sexual assault (CSA)
- Sexual assault, violence, abuse, and rape
- Auto/biographical research
- Feminist methodology and epistemology
- Lived experience of long-term conditions (e.g. HIV/AIDS)
- Exploring anti-social/unproductive/illegal occupations
- Occupational science studies
- Occupation-focussed practice
- Contextual factors and occupation
- Barriers to occupational performance
- Causes of occupational deprivation/alienation
- Pedagogic interest: Teaching & Learning of communication skills required for clinical practice
Grants & contracts
19/07/13 - Awarded funding through the Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) to support research students to attend conferences and external events
Publications under review
Eyres, P., Fraser, F., Smith, M., Dent, S., Cunningham, M., Jelley, M., Twinley, R., Westcott, L., Slade, A. and Bannigan, K. (forthcoming) 'Enabling social inclusion through occupation with refugees: A perspective from education'. In: Pollard, N., Kantartzis, S. and Van Bruggen, H. (eds) Manifesto for Occupation. (In print).
Hart, H.C. and Twinley, R. (2018) Exploring the push and pull of the dark side of occupation. World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Congress 2018: Connected in Diversity: Positioned for Impact. 21-25 May 2018. Cape Town, South Africa: Cape Town International Convention Centre.
Twinley, R. (2018) The power of occupation as essential for survival in the lives of woman-to-woman rape and sexual assault victim/survivors. The Royal College of Occupational Therapists South West Region Conference: The Power of Occupation. 23 May 2018. Taunton: Taunton Racecourse.
Twinley, R., Slade, A. and Letherby, G. (2016) Emotionally engaged: reflections on a shared doctoral journey. BSA Auto/Biography Silver Jubilee Summer Conference - The Presentation of Self. 15-17 July 2016. Oxford: Wolfson College, Oxford, UK (BSA Auto/Biography Study Group)
Cunningham MJ, Warren A, Krizaj T, Twinley R, Mitchell S. (2016) Developing problem-based learning in occupational therapy. COTEC-ENOTHE Congress, 15 Jun 2016 - 19 Jun 2016. NUI, Galway: Ireland.
Twinley, R. (2016) The Dark Side of Occupation. 7th Annual BAOT Northern and Yorkshire Regional Student Conference - Broadening Horizons: Innovative and Emerging Practice in Occupational Therapy. 13 May 2016. Leeds: Leeds Beckett University.
Twinley, R. (2015) Generating an educational understanding of woman-to-woman rape and sexual assault through auto/biographical research practice. Auto/Biography Summer Residential Conference - Formal and Informal education: lives, works and relationships: Learning about Lives: educational understanding through auto/biographical analysis. 16-18 July 2015. Dartington: Dartington Hall, UK (BSA Auto/Biography Study Group)
Twinley, R. (2014) Creating my Methodology: Combining Auto/Biography with Occupational Science to Research Woman-to-Woman Rape and Sexual Assault. Methodological Innovations 2014: Creative and Critical Possibilities: Methods, Methodologies and Epistemologies. 9-10 December 2014. Plymouth: Plymouth University
Twinley, R. (2014) 'Everyone is a moon': The dark side of occupation. OT24Vx2014: A World of Health and Well Being. 3-4 November 2014. 24 hour Virtual exchange available at: www.ot4ot.com/ot24vx.html
Taylor, S.C. and Twinley, R. (2012) 'Misogynistic discourse among young males in an online 'lads' magazine'. 14th International Conference of The International Academy of Investigative Psychology:The Behavioural Analysis of Crime and Investigations. 5-7 December 2012. London: South Bank University.
Twinley, R. (2012) 'Women–to-women rape: a taboo topic for social work'. Speaking The Unspoken: Sexuality, Social Work and Taboo Topics 5th Symposium event of the Sexuality in Social Work Interest Group. 13 September 2012. Nottingham: Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham Trent University.
Twinley, R. (2012) 'Exploring Occupational Therapy and Paramedic Practitioner student opinions of communication skills training' The College of Occupational Therapists 36th Annual Conference and Exhibition and Specialist Section - Mental Health Annual Conference, 12-14 June 2012. Scotland: Glasgow.
Twinley, R. (2012) 'Examining survivor accounts of sexual violence (as an occupation) to understand its impact upon occupational performance'. 9th Council of Occupational Therapists for the European Countries (COTEC) Congress of Occupational Therapy, 24-27 May 2012. Sweden: Stockholm.
Twinley, R. and Addidle, G. (2011) 'Anti-Social Occupations: Considering the dark Side of Occupation'. International Occupational Science Conference: OTs Owning Occupation. Plymouth: Plymouth University.
PENDING: Cunningham, C. and Twinley, R. (2019)"Exploring the Dark Side of Occupation Within the Curriculum" Occupational Science Europe International Conference: Europe in Transition: Impact on Occupation and Health'. 29-31 August 2019. Amsterdam: Amsterdam Centre for Innovative Health Practice
Twinley, R. and Price, L. (2015) "Being gay and grey: the impact of occupational and social injustices upon older gay people" Occupational Science Europe International Conference: ‘Health and Wellbeing through Occupation’. 3-4 September 2015. Bournemouth: Bournemouth University.
Hambling, R., Felvus, J., Lopez, E. and Twinley, R. (2015) "An exploration of the subjective occupational experience of the European male with HIV/AIDs". School of Health Professions Research Conference 2015. Plymouth, UK: Plymouth University, p.3.
Twinley, R. (2015) "Woman-to-woman rape & sexual assault: the perceived impacts upon victims/survivors’ subjective experience of occupation". Advancing Occupational Therapy Conference. Plymouth: Plymouth University, p.18.
Twinley, R. and Price, L. (2015) "Advancing an appreciation of diversity: Exploring the lived experience of older gay people". Advancing Occupational Therapy Conference. Plymouth: Plymouth University, p.amendments.
Twinley, R. (2013) 'Woman-to-Woman sexual assault survey: preliminary results based upon the first 100 responses'. 13th Postgraduate Society Conference. Plymouth: Plymouth University, p.21.
Twinley, R. (2013) 'An exploration of woman-to-woman sexual assault, and the perceived impacts upon survivor's occupational performance'. Institute of Health and Community (IHC) / Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) Postgraduate Research Student Conference. Plymouth: Plymouth University
Thursday 28th July, 2016, BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour: 'Women on Women Sexual Assault: Woman on woman sexual assault is not common and remainsrarely discussed. Does the reluctance to acknowledge its existence make womenless willing to come forward to report it? Lecturer, Rebecca Twinley discussesher new research with Yvonne Traynor, Chief Executive Officer at Rape Crisis'. See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07lfkt2
Kosma A, Bryant W, Wilson L. (2013) Drawing on Wilcock: an investigation of the impact of her published work on occupational therapy practice and research. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76(4), 179-185.
Aldrich, R.M. and White, N. (2012) Reconsidering violence: a response to Twinley and Addidle (2012) and Morris (2012). British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75(11), 527-529.
Morris, K. (2012) Considering violence.(Letters to the editor). British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75(5), 250(1).
Reports & invited lectures
Twinley, R. (2016) The Dark Side of Occupation. Eastern Region College of Occupational Therapists Autumn 2016 Conference. 1 October 2016. Cambridge: The AirSpace Conference Centre at Imperial War Museum, Duxford.
Twinley, R. (2016) Developing my research identity (the Self) through understanding the Other: Doing, being, becoming, and belonging. Reflecting on Researcher/Respondent Identity(ies): Auto/Biography research cluster meeting. 7 September 2016. Plymouth: Plymouth University.
Twinley, R. (2016) The Dark Side of Occupation. 7th Annual BAOT Northern and Yorkshire Regional Student Conference - Broadening Horizons: Innovative and Emerging Practice in Occupational Therapy.13 May 2016. Leeds: Leeds Beckett University.
Twinley, R. (2013) 'Shining a light on the dark side of occupation' CPD Event: York St John University CPD and lifelong learning. 1 November 2013. York St John University: York, UK.
Twinley, R. (2013) 'The dark side of occupation' Occupational Science Seminar Series. 24 April 2013. Plymouth University: Plymouth
Twinley, R. (2012) 'Woman-to-Woman Rape: An outline of the research proposed for PhD study and an overview of some of the emerging issues'. Research Seminar: School of Psychology and Social Science. 18 July 2012. Edith Cowan University: Perth, Australia.
Twinley, R. (2012) . 'Stay where it's safe... or enter the dark side of occupation?' Research Seminar: School of Psychology and Social Science. 17 July 2012. Edith Cowan University: Perth, Australia.
Twinley, R. (2012) 'Stay where it's safe... or enter the dark side of occupation?' Barwon Health: Western Cluster. 9 July 2012. Deakin University: Geelong, Melbourne, Australia
Twinley, R. (2012) 'Stay where it's safe... or enter the dark side of occupation?' Barwon Health: Western Cluster. 26 June 2012. The Leveson: Melbourne, Australia.
Other academic activities
Violence Against Women
Australian Occupational Therapy Journal (registered on Manuscript Central)
British Journal of Occupational Therapy (registered on Manuscript Central)
College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference (Abstract reviewer)
School of Health Professions Bachelor's Degree Ethics Subcommittee
School of Health Professions