Use of Virtual Worlds in Occupational Therapy
  • Lecture Theatre 1, Peninsula Allied Health Centre, Derriford Road, Plymouth (North campus)

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The Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Research Cluster and the Institute of Health and Community are pleased to invite you to the next in their series of monthly seminars covering a number of relevant topics by local guest speakers.

May's seminar is entitled 'Use of virtual worlds in occupational therapy' and will be given by Rashid Kashani, an Occupational Therapist and PhD student at Plymouth University.

Rashid Kashani, BA, BSc, BScOT MScOT (C) has been an Occupational Therapist for 19 years and has worked in chronic pain, vocational rehabilitation, acute care, home care and private practice. He worked as an academic at a Canadian University for five years as well. He has worked as a Professional Practice Lead in Occupational Therapy in both acute care and home care settings. 

Presently working on a PhD at Plymouth University, Rashid also finds time to operate a thriving private practice. When not splitting time between these jobs, he returns to front line work at the University of Alberta Hospital.

This seminar will include discussion of virtual occupations, present clinical uses of virtual worlds and presentation of a recently completed PhD study at Plymouth University using a virtual world with clients living with rheumatoid arthritis. 

Everyone is welcome to attend, just turn up on the day!

About the Research Cluster

Occupational science is the study of humans as occupational beings. We are interested in what people chose to do in their daily lives, how and why, and the relationship between people’s occupations and their health and wellbeing. Occupational therapists are health professionals who promote health and well-being through enabling people to be engaged in their everyday occupations. The seminars cover topics from both disciplines and you are all welcome to join us!

For further information on the Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Research Cluster Seminar Series, please email Tanja Krizaj ( or Anne Roberts (

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