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Ms Jackie Fox B.Sc. M.Sc.
|I qualified as an occupational therapist from Trinity College, Dublin in 2003, and worked in various fields of mental health until 2010. I worked for the HSE, on community mental health teams and in inpatient units, carrying out a wide variety of occupational therapy assessments and interventions. I worked for an assertive outreach team with high-risk individuals for the Department of Corrections, British Columbia, Canada, for 18 months also.
I joined the National University of Ireland in 2010 as the practice education coordinator for the Discipline of Occupational Therapy, where I had responsibility for arranging clinical placements for occupational therapy students, and assisting clinical educators with the assessment of competency of the students on their clinical placements.
I moved to the post of lecturer below the bar in the Discipline of Occupational Therapy in August 2012. I currently teach Mental Health and Group-work to occupational therapy students. I also contribute to teaching on various modules relating to occupational therapy theory and practice, and supervise undergraduate research.
| I completed my MSc in Occupational Therapy from Trinity College Dublin in 2010. My research was titled: "The Meaning of Social Activism to Older Adults in Ireland". I explored the meaning of activities like protest and activism to older adults, particularly those who had taken part in the "medical card protests" in Dublin in 2008. I was particularly interested in their motivations for participating in this activity, the benefits of the activity to them, and the challenges involved in being an older activist.
My current research interests include;
- mental health, particularly the impact of mental health difficulties on occupational performance and participation, and the exploration of evidence-based, occupation-focused interventions for mental health occupational therapists. This may include researching the efficacy of mental health occupational therapy interventions to strengthen the evidence base for the field.
- anxiety and depression, particularly the relationship with occupation, the social/economic/political/cultural issues and the exploration of potential therapeutic approaches for mental health occupational therapists
- occupational science and the wider exploration of human participation in meaningful activity
- exploration of occupation in the wider context e.g. modern life, work, society, relationship with health and wellbeing, and participation in unusual and emerging occupations
I currently supervise undergraduate research projects and am happy to be contacted by undergraduate students studying occupational therapy to discuss their research ideas
Peer Reviewed Journals
|Spirtos, Michelle; McCormack, Cathy; Fox, Jackie (2014) 'Development of a competency-based assessment form for occupational therapy practice education in two Irish universities'. The Irish Journal Of Occupational Therapy, 42 (1):44-48. [Details]|
|Tolan, Sinead; Fox, Jackie; Gallagher, Aideen (2014) 'Knowledge and attitudes of Irish Occupational Therapists towards recovery'. Irish Journal Of Occupational Therapy, 42 (1):22-29. [Details]|
|Jackie Fox & Sarah Quinn (2012) 'The Meaning of Social Activism to Older Adults in Ireland'. Journal of Occupational Science, 19 (4):358-370. [DOI] [Details]|
|Michelle Spirtos, Jackie Fox, Cathy McCormack (2013) Development of a Competency-Based Assessment Form for Occupational Therapy Practice Education. Conference Poster [Details]|
|Association: Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland, Function/Role: Member|
|Jackie Fox, Sarah Quinn (2011) Identity Through Action: The Meaning of Social Activism to Older Adults in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland National Conference, Dundalk, Ireland , 22-APR-11 - 23-APR-11.|
|Jackie Fox (2012) Planning effective clinical teaching encounters for Occupational Therapy Students: strategies to improve bedside. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Conference 2012, Mullingar, Ireland , 20-APR-12 - 21-APR-12.|
| Employer: Vancouver Coastal Health/British Columbia Department of Corrections
Position: Occupational Therapist
| Employer: Health Services Executive, Dublin North West Mental Health Services
Position: Senior Occupational Therapist
| Employer: Health Services Executive, Roscommon Mental Health Services
Position: Staff Grade Occupational Therapist
| Year 2003 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: BSc Subject: Occupational Therapy
| Year 2010 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: Msc Subject: Occupational Therapy
|2012-2013 This module provides an introduction to mental health conditions and the work of an occupational therapist in the area of mental health: Mental Health 1|
|2012-2013 This module continues to develop mental health occupational therapy skills and works through case examples to teach theory and practice skills: Mental Health 2|
|2012-2013 This module teaches students the principles of group dynamics and how to facilitate therapeutic groups: Groupwork and Professional Skills|
|2012-2013 These two subjects provide an introduction to the philosophy of occupational therapy, and the theory and practice of the profession: Principles for Practice/Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy 1|