Elizabeth Anne McKay

elizabeth anne mckay

Dr Elizabeth Anne McKay FRCOT, FHEA

Associate Professor: Occupational Therapy

Biography

Elizabeth is Associate 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.

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.

To date she has supervised 12 PhD students to completion; 11 of these are occupational therapists with a range of topics and methodologies including mental health issues, assisstive 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 PhD students at Napier, while having two others 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.

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

 

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149 results

Wheelchair and seating assistive technology provision: a gateway to freedom

Journal Article
Gowran, R. J., Clifford, A., Gallagher, A., McKee, J., O’Regan, B., & McKay, E. A. (in press)
Wheelchair and seating assistive technology provision: a gateway to freedom. Disability and Rehabilitation, https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2020.1768303
Aim: The meaning of wheelchair and seating assistive technology and the impact inappropriate provision has on people’s lives from a service user’s perspective within an Irish ...

An examination of the lived experience of attending twelve step groups for co-dependency

Journal Article
Bacon, I., McKay, E. A., Reynolds, F., & McIntyre, A. (in press)
An examination of the lived experience of attending twelve step groups for co-dependency. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-020-00253-9
This research project aimed at obtaining an in-depth analysis of the experiences of self-identified co-dependents, who chose twelve-steps groups as a way for dealing with diff...

Reducing reoffending and improving health: Increasing occupational participation for people with criminal justice involvement and a personality disorder.

Presentation / Conference
Connell, C., Furtado, V., McKay, E., & Singh, S. (2019, October)
Reducing reoffending and improving health: Increasing occupational participation for people with criminal justice involvement and a personality disorder. Paper presented at Fifth International Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health, Edinburgh

Caregiving and quality of life

Journal Article
Howson, C., & McKay, E. A. (in press)
Caregiving and quality of life. History of the Family, 25(2), 306-321. https://doi.org/10.1080/1081602x.2019.1666729
The increase in life expectancy for adults with learning disabilities has extended the caring role for their parents. This study examined the experiences of older parents who ...

Integrating education for Allied Health Professionals and Social Work to meet the health and social care needs for tomorrow's Scottish population

Presentation / Conference
Anne McKay, E., James, K., Hislop, J., MacDonald, D., & Yates, P. (2019, July)
Integrating education for Allied Health Professionals and Social Work to meet the health and social care needs for tomorrow's Scottish population. Poster presented at Occupational Therapy Australia 28th Conference & Exhibition
Introduction: Integration of health and social care services in Scotland has been described as being the most significant change to health and social care provision since 1948...

People with severe problematic personality traits and offending histories: What influences occupational participation?

Journal Article
Connell, C., McKay, E. A., Furtado, V., & Singh, S. P. (2019)
People with severe problematic personality traits and offending histories: What influences occupational participation?. European Psychiatry, 60, 14-19. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eurpsy.2019.05.002
Background: Occupational participation is important for personality disordered offenders (PDOs) because it is integral to health and desistance from offending. What influences...

Development of an Integrated Curriculum for Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Social Work Students in Scotland

Presentation / Conference
Hislop, J., MacDonald, D., Yates, P., James, K., McLelland, C., Hillen, P., …McKay, E. (2019, May)
Development of an Integrated Curriculum for Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Social Work Students in Scotland. Poster presented at World Confederation for Physical Therapy, Geneva, Switzerland
Background: The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act (2014) came into effect in April 2016 bringing in integration of adult health and social care services in Scotland...

Making Integrated Health and Social Care Education a Reality: A Scottish Example

Presentation / Conference
McKay, E., James, K., Macdonald, D., Hislop, J., & Yates, P. (2018, October)
Making Integrated Health and Social Care Education a Reality: A Scottish Example. Paper presented at 24th ENOTHE Annual Meeting 2018
Integration of health and social care services in Scotland has been described as being the most significant change to health and social care provision since 1948 (Scottish Gov...

The Lived Experience of Codependency: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Journal Article
Bacon, I., McKay, E., Reynolds, F., & McIntyre, A. (2020)
The Lived Experience of Codependency: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 18(3), 754-771. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-018-9983-8
Codependency is a complex and debatable concept, which has been used over the years by mental health professionals to inform their practices. Researchers have attempted to ide...

What influences social outcomes among offenders with personality disorder: A systematic review

Journal Article
Connell, C., Furtado, V., McKay, E. A., & Singh, S. P. (2018)
What influences social outcomes among offenders with personality disorder: A systematic review. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, https://doi.org/10.1002/cbm.2082
Background: Personality disorder is highly prevalent in offender populations and is associated with poor health, criminal justice and social outcomes. Research has been condu...

Current 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: PhDOlder 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 Simone Coetzee: he Occupational Experience of People with Different Capabilities Participating in an Inclusive Horticultural Social Enterprise (1st 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 Jasna Russo: Unmaking madness. Exploring collective first-person epistemology (2nd 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 Liz Brosnan: Funded by PRTI( IrishAward) Mental Health Services Users' engagement in changing mental health services (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)