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)
  • Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • Work [Reviewer International Journal: Work (USA)]
  • Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
  • British Journal of Occupational Therapy

 

Date


159 results

"My preference would be to be at home": patients' experiences of their hospice at home care.

Journal Article
McKay, E., Taylor, A., & Armstrong, C. (2014)
"My preference would be to be at home": patients' experiences of their hospice at home care. Journal of Palliative Care & Medicine, 04(05), https://doi.org/10.4172/2165-7386.1000189
A specialist 'Hospice at Home' (HaH) service commenced in 2006 in Mid West Ireland whereby participants received palliative care from a specialist team in their own home. An i...

A scoping review of time-use research in occupational therapy and occupational science

Journal Article
Hunt, E., & McKay, E. A. (2015)
A scoping review of time-use research in occupational therapy and occupational science. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 22(1), 1-12. https://doi.org/10.3109/11038128.2014.934918
Background: Time use is a defining interest within occupational therapy and occupational science. This is evident through the range of contributions to the disciplinary knowle...

Widening participation at university: occupational therapy students' perspectives of the 'Headstart' transition programme.

Presentation / Conference
McKay, E. A., MacKenzie, A., Maskell, L., Bryant, W., & Kramer-Roy, D. (2014, June)
Widening participation at university: occupational therapy students' perspectives of the 'Headstart' transition programme. Paper presented at 16th International Conference of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists

'It said what it did on the tin'. Exploring the graduates perspectives of the graduate entry masters occupational therapy programmed.

Presentation / Conference
McKay, E. A., Fouhy, R., & Wilson, L. (2014, June)
'It said what it did on the tin'. Exploring the graduates perspectives of the graduate entry masters occupational therapy programmed. Paper presented at 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapist

Diversity in higher education - inclusion for students with various disabilities.

Presentation / Conference
Sachs, D., Jarvis, T., Magnus, E., Nolan, C., & McKay, E. A. (2014, June)
Diversity in higher education - inclusion for students with various disabilities. Presented at 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapy

Time Use and Daily Activities of Late Adolescents in Contemporary Ireland

Journal Article
Hunt, E., McKay, E., Fitzgerald, A., & Perry, I. (2014)
Time Use and Daily Activities of Late Adolescents in Contemporary Ireland. Journal of Occupational Science, 21(1), 42-64. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2013.867560
An occupational perspective of public health embraces a holistic view of the lifestyles of groups of people and how lifestyles influence health (Hocking, 2011). Adolescents, a...

Mental health users' experiences of participation and inclusion: an international study.

Presentation / Conference
McKay, E. A., Sumsion, T., & Haracz, K. (2013, June)
Mental health users' experiences of participation and inclusion: an international study. Paper presented at College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference 2013

"What she told us made the world of difference": carers’ perspectives on a hospice at home service.

Journal Article
McKay, E. A., Taylor, A. E., & Armstrong, C. (2013)
"What she told us made the world of difference": carers’ perspectives on a hospice at home service. Journal of Palliative Care, 29(3), 170-177
This paper explores the expectations and needs of current and bereaved carers whose relatives received care at home from a palliative care team. Aim: A hospice at home service...

Exploring the Impact of Sleep Apnoea on Daily Life and Occupational Engagement

Journal Article
O'Donoghue, N., & McKay, E. A. (2012)
Exploring the Impact of Sleep Apnoea on Daily Life and Occupational Engagement. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75(11), 509-516. https://doi.org/10.4276/030802212x13522194759932
Introduction: Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) has significant implications for a person’s health, wellbeing and occupational engagement, but has received almost no attention fr...

Using population-level time use datasets to advance knowledge of human activity, participation and health

Journal Article
Hunt, E., & McKay, E. A. (2012)
Using population-level time use datasets to advance knowledge of human activity, participation and health. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75(10), 478-480. https://doi.org/10.4276/030802212x13496921049789
Time use is of enduring interest to occupational therapists and occupational scientists. However, occupational researchers have yet to exploit fully the potential of large pop...

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 Rachel Dadswell: PhD examine quality of life, occupational performance and lived experienced of people using rehabilitation unit and community living. Status (1st 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 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)