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About Our Tutors

Dr Alison Laver-Fawcett
PhD, DipCOT, O.T.(C), PCAP


Alison is currently working as a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, York St John University and is the Deputy Director of the Research Centre for Occupation and Mental Health (RCOMH). She graduated as an occupational therapist in 1986 and has a PhD in Psychology. She has worked in the UK, USA and Canada in a range of roles including as a clinician, researcher, educator, modernisation manager, and professional lead.

Alison is the author of ‘Principles of Assessment and Outcome Measurement for Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists: Theory, Skills and Application’ (published by John Wiley and Sons Ltd in 2007). She developed the ‘Structured Observational Test of Function’ and was commissioned to undertake research to provide norms for people over 65 years on the Chessington Occupational Therapy Neurological Assessment Battery (COTNAB).

Alison is currently a member of the reference group for the College of Occupational Therapists ‘Developing the second SNOMED CT subsets: Occupational Therapy Outcomes’ project. 

Alison has taught on aspects of occupational therapy assessment and measurement on undergraduate and masters programmes, at conferences and study days. Her most recent conference presentations have included For a workshop on ‘Improving your assessment and measurement practice: an eight step process’ at the College of Occupational Therapists 32nd Annual Conference in 2008 and a workshop on ‘Getting to grips with reliability’ at the COT 33rd Annual Conference in 2009. 

Alison is currently serving as the BAOT and COT Council member for International affairs and is the World Federation of Occupational Therapists delegate.


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