Ms Jackie Fox

B.Sc. M.Sc.

 
researcher
 

Biography

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 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.

Research Interests

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 am completing my PhD on the topic of Occupational Therapy Interventions for Individuals with Anxiety Disorders. A systematic review will be followed by a study involving the rolling out of an evidence-based intervention in the Irish context.

I currently supervise undergraduate research projects and am happy to be contacted by NUI Galway Occupational Therapy undergraduate students to discuss their research ideas   
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2021) 'Dating with a Diagnosis: The Lived Experience of People with Multiple Sclerosis'
Tabassum, K., Fox, J., Fuller, S. & Hynes, S.M. (2021) 'Dating with a Diagnosis: The Lived Experience of People with Multiple Sclerosis'. Sexuality and Disability, [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2021) 'Developing understandings of occupational (in)justice with occupational therapy students in a transnational project'
Truman, J.L., Fox, J., Hynes, S. M., Hills, C., McGinley, S. L., Ekstam, L., Shiel, A. & Orban, K. (2021) 'Developing understandings of occupational (in)justice with occupational therapy students in a transnational project'. Journal of Occupational Science, [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2021) 'A feasibility study of the Redesigning Daily Occupations (ReDOTM-10) programme in an Irish context'
Fox J;Erlandsson LK;Shiel A; (2021) 'A feasibility study of the Redesigning Daily Occupations (ReDOTM-10) programme in an Irish context'. Scandinavian journal of occupational therapy, [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2019) 'Balancing perspectives on intervention feasibility: using stakeholder views in decision-making'
Fox, J; Erlandsson, L-K; Shiel, A (2019) 'Balancing perspectives on intervention feasibility: using stakeholder views in decision-making'. BMJ Open, 9 (Suppl 1) [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2019) 'A systematic review and narrative synthesis of occupational therapy-led interventions for individuals with anxiety and stress-related disorders'
Fox, J; Erlandsson, L.K; Shiel, A (2019) 'A systematic review and narrative synthesis of occupational therapy-led interventions for individuals with anxiety and stress-related disorders'. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, :1-26 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2017) 'The impact of social anxiety on occupational participation in college life'
Clarke, Jenny; Fox, Jackie (2017) 'The impact of social anxiety on occupational participation in college life'. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 33 (1):31-46 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2016) 'Individual perspectives on the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) as an intervention in mental health care'
Horan, Linda; Fox, Jackie (2016) 'Individual perspectives on the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) as an intervention in mental health care'. International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 20 (2):110-125 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2014) 'Development of a competency-based assessment form for occupational therapy practice education in two Irish universities'
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]
(2014) 'Knowledge and attitudes of Irish Occupational Therapists towards recovery'
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]
(2012) 'The meaning of social activism to older adults in Ireland'
Fox, Jackie; Quinn, Sarah (2012) 'The meaning of social activism to older adults in Ireland'. Journal of Occupational Science, [ARAN Link] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2020) MSVirtual 2020 – 8th Joint ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS Meeting
K. Tabassum; J. Fox; S. Fuller; S.M. Hynes (2020) Dating with a diagnosis: The lived experience of people with multiple sclerosis MSVirtual 2020 – 8th Joint ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS Meeting , 11-SEP-20 - 13-SEP-20 , pp.118-659 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2015) AOTI Annual Conference
Jackie Fox, Jenny Clarke (2015) The impact of social anxiety on the occupational participation of third-level students AOTI Annual Conference [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2020) 24th Annual Health Promotion Conference
Murray, Edel; Fox, Jackie (2020) The meaning of open water swimming in Ireland 24th Annual Health Promotion Conference NUI Galway online, , 18-JUN-20 [DOI] [Details]
(2019) OSE Conference 2019: Europe in Transition: Impact on Occupation and Health
Orban, K., Hills, C., Fox, J., McGinley, S., Ekstam, L. (2019) Occupational Injustice In Context: A Tri-Country Educational Initiative For Students OSE Conference 2019: Europe in Transition: Impact on Occupation and Health Amsterdam, , 30-AUG-19 - 31-AUG-19 [Details]
(2018) Royal College of Occupational Therapists 2018
Truman, J., Shiel, A., Collier, L., Orban, K., Fox, J., Hynes, S., Mcginley, S., Hills, C. and Ekstam, L (2018) Professional Identity the key to professional survival? Designing a tool to measure the development of professional identity Royal College of Occupational Therapists 2018 Belfast, UK, , 11-JUN-18 - 13-JUN-18 [Details]
(2018) Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference
Fox, J; Erlandsson, L.K.; Shiel, A (2018) Occupational therapy-led interventions for people with anxiety disorders - impact on functioning and mental health symptoms Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference , 11-JUN-18 - 13-JUN-18 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2017) ISAD LONDON 2017: Perspectives on Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Looking to the future
Fox, J; Erlandsson, L-K; Shiel, A (2017) A systematic review of the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions for improving functioning and mental health for individuals with anxiety and stress-related disorders ISAD LONDON 2017: Perspectives on Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Looking to the future London, UK, [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2017) 7th International Symposium on Service-Learning
Fox, J; Hynes, S; Ekstam, L; Collier, L; McGinley, S; Orban, K; Shiel, A; Truman, J (2017) Making internationalisation a reality for occupational therapy students (MIROTS) - a community engagement project 7th International Symposium on Service-Learning Galway, Ireland, , 14-JUN-17 - 16-JUN-17 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2017) Promoting Health and Wellbeing`in the Workplace
McEneaney, E; Fox, J (2017) A qualitative study of the impact of sleep loss on the daily lives of working mothers Promoting Health and Wellbeing`in the Workplace Galway, Ireland, [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Conference 2012
Jackie Fox (2012) Planning effective clinical teaching encounters for Occupational Therapy Students: strategies to improve bedside teaching Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Conference 2012 Mullingar, Ireland, , 20-APR-12 - 21-APR-12 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2011) Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland National Conference
Jackie Fox, Sarah Quinn (2011) Identity Through Action: The Meaning of Social Activism to Older Adults in Ireland Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland National Conference Dundalk, Ireland, [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2019) MIROTS Multiplier Event,
Orban, K., Shiel, A., Ekstam, L., Fox, J., Hynes, S., McGinley, S., Truman, J. (2019) The concluding conference for the Making Internationalisation a Reality for Occupational Therapy Students (MIROTS) Erasmus+ programme strategic partnerships. [Conference Organising Committee Member], MIROTS Multiplier Event, Lund University, Sweden , 25-JUN-19 - 26-JUN-19. [Details]

Conference Poster

  Year Publication
(2013) Development of a Competency-Based Assessment Form for Occupational Therapy Practice Education.
Michelle Spirtos, Jackie Fox, Cathy McCormack (2013) Development of a Competency-Based Assessment Form for Occupational Therapy Practice Education. Conference Poster [Details]

Electronic Publication

  Year Publication
(2015) The effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions for improving functioning and mental health outcomes for individuals with anxiety disorders.
Jackie Fox, Lena-Karin Erlandsson, Agnes Shiel (2015) The effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions for improving functioning and mental health outcomes for individuals with anxiety disorders. University of York, UK: Electronic Publication [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2017 Nominee for the President's Award for Teaching Excellence National University of Ireland, Galway
2003 Mary Young Research Award Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Professional Body /
CORU Health and Social Care Professionals Regulator /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Graduate Studies Committee Postgraduate student/School of Health Sciences representative /
University Women's Network Executive Committee Committee member /
College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee School of Health Sciences Representative /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
Vancouver Coastal Health/British Columbia Department of Corrections Occupational Therapist 31-OCT-05 / 08-DEC-06
Health Services Executive, Dublin North West Mental Health Services Senior Occupational Therapist 02-JUL-07 / 02-JUL-10
Health Services Executive, Roscommon Mental Health Services Staff Grade Occupational Therapist 14-JUL-03 / 05-AUG-05

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2003 Trinity College Dublin BSc Occupational Therapy Occupational Therapy
2011 NUI Galway Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science (Clinical Teaching) Clinical Teaching
2010 Trinity College Dublin MSc Occupational Therapy Occupational Therapy

Community Engagement

  Title Type From / To
Board Membership Board member 01-JUN-16 /

Reviews

  Journal Role
Journal of Occupational Science Reviewer
The Irish Journal Of Occupational Therapy Reviewer

Teaching Interests

I teach two modules relating to the practice of occupational therapy with people with mental health difficulties. We look at the most prevalent mental health conditions and explore socioeconomic and environmental factors in mental health. Then we look at how an occupational therapist might assess, set goals and treat someone with a mental health difficulty. We also look at topics like the Recovery philosophy and the Mental Health Act 2001. I also teach a module designed for students to develop skills in designing and facilitating therapeutic groups. Students plan and run a group and take part in in therapeutic groups themselves.I teach a module on occupational science - a philosophical theory-base for occupational therapy. Students use problem-based learning to debate issues such as social justice, marginalisation and deprivation of particular social groups.

Current Postgraduate Students (Taught)

  Name Degree Primary Supervisor
Anne Marie Lyster Y

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
Semester 1 Enabling Occupation - Mental Health 1 OY110 This module provides an introduction to mental health conditions and the work of an occupational therapist in the area of mental health
Semester 2 Occupational Science OY2110
Semester 2 Enabling Occupation - Mental Health 2 OY111 This module continues to develop mental health occupational therapy skills and works through case examples to teach theory and practice skills
Semester 2 Groupwork and Professional Skills OY109 This module teaches students the principles of group dynamics and how to facilitate therapeutic groups

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country Description of Collaboration
HRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland HRB/NUI Galway IRELAND
I have been collaborating with the HRB Primary Care CTNI to carry out a feasibility study in primary care settings around Galway city and county
Prof. Lena-Karin Erlandsson Lund University SWEDEN
I am collaborating with Dr Erlandsson on a pilot study exploring the feasibility of a Swedish intervention called Redesigning Daily Occupations in Ireland