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

Focus groups: a method for building the future evidence base.

Presentation / Conference
McKay, E. A., Craik, C., & Bryant, W. (2004, January)
Focus groups: a method for building the future evidence base. Paper presented at European Occupational Therapy Conference, Athens, Greece

Participation and well-being: perspectives of mental health service users on meaningful occupation.

Presentation / Conference
Bryant, W., McKay, E. A., & Craik, C. (2004, January)
Participation and well-being: perspectives of mental health service users on meaningful occupation. Paper presented at American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Minneapolis, USA

Promoting good practice: a collaborative CPD project.

Presentation / Conference
Mee, J., Warren, A., & McKay, E. A. (2004, January)
Promoting good practice: a collaborative CPD project. Paper presented at Association of Occupational Therapists in Mental Health, Nottingham, England

Consultant therapists: an occupation that matters to you?

Presentation / Conference
Craik, C., McKay, E. A., & Gallagher, M. (2004, January)
Consultant therapists: an occupation that matters to you?. Paper presented at College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference, Harrogate

Mothers with mental illness: an occupation interrupted.

Book
McKay, E. A. (2003)
Mothers with mental illness: an occupation interrupted. In S. A. Esdaile, & J. A. Olson (Eds.), Mothering Occupations: Challenge, Agency and Participation, 238-258

An exploration of addictive behaviours from an occupational perspective.

Journal Article
Helbig, K., & McKay, E. (2003)
An exploration of addictive behaviours from an occupational perspective. Journal of Occupational Science, 10(3), 140-145. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2003.9686521
Addictive behaviours are known to negatively influence the health and well‐being of both individuals and society, but addiction has seldom been viewed from an occupational per...

Waving not drowning: making the move from practice to education.

Presentation / Conference
McKay, E. A., Thompson, S., & McKenzie, A. (2003, June)
Waving not drowning: making the move from practice to education. Presented at College of Occupational Therapists Workshop, Brighton, England

Consultant therapists: recognising and developing expertise.

Journal Article
Craik, C., & McKay, E. A. (2003)
Consultant therapists: recognising and developing expertise. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66(6), 281-283. https://doi.org/10.1177/030802260306600608
The introduction of consultant therapists provides an unprecedented opportunity for the occupational therapy profession and for individual therapists. The literature on clinic...

Three journeys to reflexivity.

Book
McKay, E., Ryan, S., & Sumsion, T. (2003)
Three journeys to reflexivity. In L. Finlay, & B. Gough (Eds.), Reflexivity: a critical guide for researchers in health and social science, 52-65

Listening to mental health users to design local services.

Presentation / Conference
Bryant, W., McKay, E. A., Craik, C., & Fallon, M. (2003, January)
Listening to mental health users to design local services. Paper presented at College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference, Glasgow, Scotland

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 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 Jasna Russo: Unmaking madness. Exploring collective first-person epistemology (2nd 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)