Elizabeth Anne McKay
elizabeth anne mckay

Prof Elizabeth Anne McKay FRCOT, FHEA

Professor

Biography

Elizabeth is Professor in Occupational Therapy; to date her career has included leadership and management of academic and clinical staff, research experience especially with service users’ research in mental health, palliative care and in occupational therapy education. Elizabeth has worked in a range of universities nationally and internationally and has extensive experience of curriculum design including BSc. and Graduate Entry Master programmes. .

In 2015, Elizabeth was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, the highest honour the College can bestow on one of its professional members. She is active member of RCOT/BAOT and World Federation of Occupational Therapists. In 2009, she was the Barbara Sexton Lecturer at the University of Western Ontario, Canada and in 2011 was visiting Professor at University of Newcastle, Australia. She established the MSc Occupational Therapy at the University of Limerick, the only pre-registration Masters in Ireland.

To date she has supervised 13 PhD students to completion; 11 of these are occupational therapists with a range of topics and methodologies including mental health issues, assistive technology, time use, sustainability and professional education, elder carers' quality of life and experience of care-giving. Four of PhD students have been awarded National PhD funding from NIHR, ESRC, Irish Health Research Board. She currently is involved with 4 PhD students at Napier, while having two others nationally and internationally. Elizabeth has examined 11 PhD students both nationally and internationally. She has co-edited two books; one on Narratives and Professional Reasoning and the other on Advanced Practice in Mental Health Occupational Therapy. Additionally, Elizabeth contributes chapters to leading text books.

Research Interests: Mental Health, Women in secure environments
Social inclusion and Participation, Professional education
Clinical reasoning, Narrative Inquiry, Service Users' Experiences
Palliative care. BAME occupational therapists lived experience of promotion

Elizabeth was appointed by the Irish Minister for Health as the National Occupational Therapist on the Health and Social Care Professions Council (now CORU) equivalent to UK Health and Social Care Professions Council. At this time she was Chair of the newly establish Education Committee. She also served on the Irish Mental Health Commission Research Committee (Ireland).

Elizabeth is an active researcher presenting at national and international conferences and publishes her research in peer reviewed journals.



Teaching and Learning : Qualitative Research Methods, Enduring mental illness, medical humanities, Women's mental health,
Occupational Science, Models of Practice, Leadership and Entrepreneurship.

Themes

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Scottish Government Collaboration: HEIs AHPs and Chief Allied Health Professional Officer for Scotland
  • International Reviewer: Australian Occupational Therapy New Competency Standards

 

Editorial Activity

  • Academic Editor for Occupational Therapy International.
  • Editorial Board member: Irish Journal Of Occupational Therapy

 

External Examining/Validations

  • PhD Examination Leeds Beckett University
  • PhD Examination - London Southbank University
  • University of Liverpool MSc Occupational Therapy
  • University of Worcester : MSC Occupational Therapy
  • University of Cumbria. Re-approval panel member for the BSc (hons) and MSc Occupational Therapy programmes.
  • USA Approved Programme Director
  • QMU Examiner Examiner BSc (Hons)
  • University of Limerick

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Assessor
  • Fellow: Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • Fellowship: University of Western Ontario: London Canada
  • Fellow: HEA

 

Grant Reviewer

  • International - Irish Health Research Board
  • NIHR Application

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Raising Edinburgh Napier Profile

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • London Southbank Unversity
  • University of Western Ontario: London Canada
  • University of Teeside
  • Robert Gordon University

 

Reviewing

  • Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational therapists' use of occupation-focused practice in secure hospitals Practice guideline (Second edition)
  • Work [Reviewer International Journal: Work (USA)]
  • Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
  • British Journal of Occupational Therapy

 

Date


159 results

Perceptions of black and minoritised ethnic occupational therapists on mentoring: A survey

Journal Article
Atwal, A., Sriram, V., & McKay, E. A. (2024)
Perceptions of black and minoritised ethnic occupational therapists on mentoring: A survey. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 87(4), 221-229. https://doi.org/10.1177/03080226231209817
Introduction: Mentorship is perceived as a mechanism to enhance career progression. Within occupational therapy, there is little research to demonstrate the effectiveness of m...

Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry Research: Update of Health and Social Care research covering the period February 2022 to 31 December 2022

Report
Report commissioned by Scottish COVID-19 Public Inquiry to update previous research into strategic response of Scottish Government to COVID pandemic in relation to health and ...

Research Report for COVID-19 Public Inquiry

Report
This report was commissioned by the Scottish Covid-19 Inquiry as introductory scoping research.

Doing Reflective Practice: Being a reflective and resilient practitioner

Book Chapter
McKay, E. A. (2022)
Doing Reflective Practice: Being a reflective and resilient practitioner. In E. Duncan (Ed.), Skills for Practice in Occupational Therapy. (2nd). Elsevier

Learning from COVID-19 Experiences to Progress System Change in Practice Education

Journal Article
Thomas, Y. A., Penman, M., & McKay, E. A. (2022)
Learning from COVID-19 Experiences to Progress System Change in Practice Education. International journal of practice-based learning in health and social care, 10(1), 67-70. https://doi.org/10.18552/ijpblhsc.v10i1.727
Abstract not available.

No Barriers to Success: Revolutionising equitable opportunities for ethnic minority Occupational Therapists

Presentation / Conference
McKay, E. A., Atwal, A., & Sriram, V. (2022, August)
No Barriers to Success: Revolutionising equitable opportunities for ethnic minority Occupational Therapists. Paper presented at WFOT International Congress and Exhibition 2022: Occupational R-evolution, Paris

Future Proofing Practice Education

Presentation / Conference
McKay, E. A., Thomas, Y., & Penman, M. (2022, August)
Future Proofing Practice Education. Paper presented at 18th WFOT Congress: Occupational R-Evolution, Paris

Making a difference: Belonging, diversity and inclusion in occupational therapy

Journal Article
Atwal, A., Sriram, V., & McKay, E. A. (2021)
Making a difference: Belonging, diversity and inclusion in occupational therapy. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 84(11), 671-672. https://doi.org/10.1177/03080226211031797
Over the past year, COVID-19 has been causing death and adding to grief across the world; during this time, an equally important issue – #blacklivesmatter – has been filling o...

Developing an Intervention to Improve Occupational Participation for Justice-Involved People with a Personality Disorder: Defining and Describing Intervention Components

Journal Article
Connell, C., Furtado, V., McKay, E. A., & Singh, S. P. (2022)
Developing an Intervention to Improve Occupational Participation for Justice-Involved People with a Personality Disorder: Defining and Describing Intervention Components. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 66(6-7), 774-788. https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624x211013520
Occupational participation is undertaking personally meaningful and socially valued activities and roles. It is an important outcome for health and justice interventions, as i...

The dark side of occupation: an historical review of occupational therapy

Book Chapter
Anne McKay, E. (2020)
The dark side of occupation: an historical review of occupational therapy. In R. Twinley (Ed.), lluminating the Dark Side of Occupation: International Perspectives from Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science. Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429266256-4
This chapter will present a historical perspective of why we did not explore or engage with people involved with these occupations until now. It is useful to state upfront tha...

Current Post Grad projects

Previous Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Dr Catriona Connell: NIHR funded PhD examined occupational performance for people with personality disorders. Status: Subject Expert
  • Dr Keiran Lewis: PhD evaluated the UNILINK service at Trinity Dublin from a range of perspectives. (2nd Supervisor)
  • Dr Carol-Ann Howson: PhD, Older Parents of Adult Children with Learning Disabilities: Perspectives on Caregiving and Quality of life Status (1st Supervisor)
  • Dr Rachel Dadswell: PhD examine quality of life, occupational performance and lived experienced of people using rehabilitation unit and community living. Status (1st Supervisor)
  • Dr Jasna Russo: Unmaking madness. Exploring collective first-person epistemology (2nd Supervisor)
  • Dr Ingrid Bacon: An in depth exploration of the individual’s experience of co-dependence and the 12 step recovery group. (1st Supervisor)
  • Dr Alison Warren: Irish Health Research Board funded Exploring the Impact of Role Emerging Placements on the Professional Development And Capability Of Occupational Therapists (1st Supervisor)
  • Dr Simone Coetzee: he Occupational Experience of People with Different Capabilities Participating in an Inclusive Horticultural Social Enterprise (1st Supervisor)
  • Dr Liz Brosnan: Funded by PRTI( IrishAward) Mental Health Services Users' engagement in changing mental health services (Co-Supervisor)
  • Dr Eithne Hunt: Time use, daily activities and health related quality of life of school-going late adolescents in Cork City and County: A cross sectional Study. (Co-supervisor)
  • Dr Rosemary Gowran: Funded by Irish Health Research Board Building a sustainable wheelchair and seating provision community -meeting peoples’ primary needs now and in the future. (1st Supervisor)
  • Dr Wendy Bryant: An occupational perspective on user involvement in Mental Health day services. (co-supervisor)