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  Ian Crabtree
Head of College

Ian is the Head of College for the College of Health and has been in post since September 2019. He was previously the Head of School for Te Kura Tapuhi - School of Nursing from November 2016. Ian is a UK trained nurse in both adult and children's nursing. He has spent the last 30 years predominantly working in the field of paediatrics within the NHS and his last two clinical posts were Head of Nursing at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and latterly Leeds Children's Hospital. Ian has worked as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer/Practitioner at a number of Higher Education Institutions - University of Central Lancashire, University of Salford and University of Manchester where he undertook his MSc in Clinical Nursing graduating in 2005. He latterly before moving to New Zealand contributed to Child Health Nursing at the University of Leeds whilst working at Leeds Children's Hospital. Since arriving in New Zealand in 2015 Ian facilitated a Leadership and Management Course for Qualified Thai Nurses here at Otago Polytechnic and before taking up his current position was Service Manager at SDHB within the Adult Surgery Directorate.

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Head of Department

  Penelope Kinney
Head, Occupational Therapy

Penelope is the Head, Occupational Therapy and a Principal lecturer at the School of Occupational Therapy and teaches in both the Bachelors and Postgraduate Programmes. Penelope areas of interest are developing reflective practice, mental health (specifically the forensic psychiatric area) and developing expertise in the walking interview method of data collection. Penelope has completed a qualitative research project for her Master's degree which explored the lived experiences of moving from a secure unit to an open ward within a forensic psychiatric service and has recently completed her PhD.

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  Alexa Andrew
Senior Lecturer

Alexa is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Occupational Therapy and has worked for Otago Polytechnic since 2000. She started by teaching Diversional Therapy and, in 2004, began teaching for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy programme. Alexa holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Care Sciences, a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy and a Level 5 Teaching Certificate. Her clinical practice and research expertise is focussed on older people in residential care.

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  Annette Jensen
Senior Lecturer

Annette is a Danish trained occupational therapist with extensive practice experience in New Zealand and a current NZROT. Since 2010 she has been employed at the School of Occupational Therapy, Otago Polytechnic. She has completed her Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching (Level 7). Annette is a senior lecturer with the fieldwork team.

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  Carolyn Van Kampen
Senior Lecturer

Carolyn is a Senior Lecturer and Coordinator for the School of Occupational Therapy, based in Hamilton. Her qualifications include Occupational Therapy study and registration and a Masters in Business Administration (Waikato). She has worked in a variety of clinical occupational therapy, both within New Zealand and overseas, and in business management positions, before joining the Otago Polytechnic team in early 2011.

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Claire Deacon

Darren Mills
Senior Lecturer

  Ema Tokolahi
Senior Lecturer

Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Health Science (MSc), Post Graduate Certificate (PGCert) in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Bachelor of Health Science: Honors (BScHons) in Occupational Therapy.

Membership and affiliations:
New Zealand Registered Occupational Therapist: 50-04637
Journal Reviewer: Journal of Occupational Science; British Journal of Occupational Therapy; New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy: OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health.
Junior editorial assistant: Journal of Occupational Science.

Teaching areas:
Trauma Informed Practice (postgraduate)
Research design for practice (postgraduate)
Professional Practice

Research areas:
Role-emerging placements
Child and adolescent wellbeing
Health promotion
Mental health
Quantitative research methods

Research Profiles:
Research Gate Profile:

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  Helen Jeffery
Principal Lecturer

Helen graduated as an occupational therapist in 1982, and has worked in a variety of practice areas, primarily in the mental health settings. She explored New Zealand Occupational Therapists' use of adventure therapy in her masters research, and has developed an interest in nurturing the development in the field of adventure therapy in New Zealand. She is also interested in therapists' use of theory and evidence in practice, and in what influences therapists application of theory and evidence.
Helen teaches in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the Occupational Therapy school, and has a coordinating role with the Occupational Therapy Post Graduate team.

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Helen McDermott
Senior Lecturer

  Jackie Herkt
Principal Lecturer

Jackie is a Principal Lecturer and Academic Leader in the School of Occupational Therapy. She oversees matters related to the curriculum and its development, supervises postgraduate students and teaches. Jackie has a Master's degree in Health Science (Honours) from AUT, a Diploma in Occupational Therapy, and a National Diploma in Adult Education and Training. After working for many years as an occupational therapist working with children she then moved to working with adults and later into management and teaching roles. Jackie's research focuses around supervision and she has a keen interest in how we best educate and support students and those returning to practice into the occupational therapy profession.

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  James Sunderland
Principal Lecturer

James is a Principal Lecturer and Dunedin Team Lead at the School of Occupational Therapy. He teaches across the three years of the undergraduate degree. His teaching has a strong focus on exploration of both the commonalities and differences that exist in individuals' and communities' engagement in occupation. His masters study looked at the Men's Shed movement in New Zealand.

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  Jayne Webster
Senior Lecturer

Jayne is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Occupational Therapy based at the satellite site in Hamilton (Wintec), working for Otago Polytechnic since 2011. Prior to this, Jayne worked in the USA in a clinical/management role within the human services for 10 years. Her qualifications include a PG Dip OT, BHSc(OT), GDTE (Level 7), NZROT and maintained OTR (USA) and Australian OT registration. Jayne's interests are in the field of mental health, sensory processing and developmental disabilities.

Jayne is co convenor of the mental health academics ANZOTMHA (Australia and New Zealand) steering committee looking at research based on mental health curriculum and clinicians current practice, with the aim to ensure that Otago Polytechnic school of occupational therapy curriculum is at a superior standard. Jayne has recently published research in the Australian Occupational therapy journal related to the research and has presented at numerous conferences with the group.
Jayne has completed her masters looking at retention of occupational therapists working in mental health services in New Zealand with strong links to professional identity.
When Jayne is not working, she loves to travel and spend time at the beach.

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Joanne Taylor-Cross
Senior Lecturer

Keri McMullan
Senior Lecturer

Kim Reay
Senior Lecturer

  Linda Robertson
Associate Professor

Dr Linda Robertson is an experienced lecturer who has taught at all levels of occupational therapy education but is now focusing on postgraduate courses. She has a PhD from Victoria University, a Master's in Education from Edinburgh University, and BA from Alderson Broaddus College (US). Her topics of research expertise are clinical reasoning, qualitative research methods, education, and care of older people. A major achievement from a long career in teaching is her book, Clinical Reasoning in Occupational Therapy: Controversies in Practice, published in 2012. She is a registered occupational therapist and a member of the Age Concern Otago executive committee. Linda fosters the natural abilities and curiosity of postgraduate students, helping them to follow strong research methodologies.

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Lindsey Coup

Lizzie Martin

Narinder Verma
Principal Lecturer

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  Rita Robinson
Principal Lecturer

Rita is a Principal Lecturer in the School of Occupational Therapy. She began working as a distance Postgraduate Programmes Lecturer for OP in 2008, and then in 2009, started teaching for the Bachelor programme at Hamilton Campus (WINTEC). Rita has a PhD, focusing on how toilet training discourses shaped practice over three points of history, 1950s, 1980s and current day within Aotearoa New Zealand. Her specific interests include children's occupational development and co-occupation, toilet training and qualitative Foucault inspired research.

Rita is developing a history of supervising post graduate students. Topics include, self regulation, self injurious behavior, pain interventions, reflective practice and pediatric and school based service delivery.

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  Sian Griffiths
Principal Lecturer

Sian is a Principal Lecturer, the Honours Coordinator for Occupational Therapy, and supervises Honours and Masters' students. She has an MSc in Rehab Engineering from Salford University and is currently studying towards her PhD. She has been a clinician and clinical manager before coming to teaching. Her research interests are in clinical reasoning for occupational therapists. She is passionate about the profession of occupational therapy and the development of a research profile for practising occupational therapists.

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  Simon Leadley
Senior Lecturer

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