Portrait of  Joanne Donbavand Joanne Donbavand

j.donbavand@hud.ac.uk | 01484 471383



Biography

Joanne qualified as an Occupational Therapist from Dorset House school of Occupational Therapy, Oxford Brookes University in 1995. Over her career Joanne has worked across a range of practice areas within both mental health and physical settings before choosing to specialise in the field of rheumatology. Prior to joining the University of Huddersfield Joanne held a team leader post with operational responsibility for the in patient Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy service delivery within Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS trust. Joanne completed an MA in professional development in September 2009 at the University of Huddersfield and completed a dissertation project looking at the key factors influencing motivation and performance of Occupaitonal Therapy students over a three year degree programme. Joanne has been actively involved in clinical research looking at the experience of fatigue and its impact on leisure occupations. Joanne has personal and research interest in the area of health activity and well being and is currently studying for a PhD focusing on life transitions thorugh occupational narratives. Along with Occupational Therapy teaching Joanne is interested in widening access and diversity in higher education and has led the foundation course for health professions for 5 years. Joanne’s interests also include supporting students where they are experiencing difficult situations and is acts as a student conciliator for the school of human and health sciences. In addition to this role Joanne is also a deputy academic integrity officer for the school of human and health sciences and also sits on the university academic integrity panel. Joanne is a fellow of the higher education academy a member of the college of occupational therapy and a HPC registrant.   

Teaching & Academic Responsibilities

  • Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
  • Year 1 Leader

Module Leader:

  • Skills for Practice
  • Occupational Dysfunction
  • Practice Based Modules
  • Practice Placement Coordinator: Undergraduate Occupational Therapy Students

Practice Educator Training:

  • Introductory Practice Educator Course
  • Refresher Course for experienced practice educators
  • Competency Based Fieldwork Assessment training course
  • ACE/ APPLE accreditation scheme trainer and assessor (Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy)
  • On line mentor update link for Occupational Therapy

Research and Scholarship

Joanne’s research interests include:

Occupational Therapy Practice:

  • Rheumatology
  • Psychological impact of living with a chronic long term condition
  • Self awareness and motivation to succeed

Facilitating a positive practice based learning experience both from the student and educator perspectives. Particularly:

  • Quality
  • Student profiles
  • Opportunity and experience
  • Theory to Practice
  • Assessment

Publications, Conference Presentations

  • Graham, J. Flynn, J (2010) ‘To sign or not to sign’ Workshop exploring the practice educators experiences of mentoring a struggling student on practice placement. Due to facilitate this session at the University of Huddersfield Supporting Learning in Practice conference (SLIP)
  • Graham, J (2010) An investigation into the factors influencing motivation of undergraduate Occupational Therapy students over their three years of study. (Dissertation for Ma Professional Development, completed September 2009) Due to deliver a poster presentation at COT conference June 2010
  • Graham, J. Ogden, D (2009) Exploring alternative models of practice placement supervision. The 2:1 model within a Forensic Learning. Presented at College of Occupational Therapy Conference, June 2009.
  • Stead, J. Graham, J (2007) Making our Mark (Reflection on developing a new course within the university and within the WYCOTE collaboration) paper presentations. Presented at the School Teaching and Learning Conference, University of Huddersfield 2007 and COT conference, 2007.
  • Stead, J. Graham, J (2007) Transitions from practitioner to educator. Workshop facilitated at  College of Occupational Therapy Conference June 2007 

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2014

Roberts, P., Williams, P. and Donbavand, J. (2014) ‘An Investigation into the Perceived Value of Peer Assessment as a Summative Assessment Method for Final Year Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Podiatry Students during their Group Dissertation Projects: A Students’ Perspective’. In: Health & Medical Sciences Abstracts 2nd Annual International Conference on Health & Medical Sciences 5-8 May 2014, Athens, Greece. : Athens Institute for Education and Research. p. 61. ISBN 9786185065348

Roberts, P., Williams, P. and Donbavand, J. (2014) ‘An Investigation into Perceived Value of Peer Assessment as a Summative Assessment Method for Final Year Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Podiatry Students during their Group Dissertation Projects: a Students Perspective.’. In: 2nd Annual International Conference on Health & Medical Sciences, 5-8th May 2014, Athens, Greece

2013

Kirshbaum, M. and Donbavand, J. (2013) ‘Making the most out of life: exploring the contribution of attention restorative theory in developing a non-pharmacological intervention for fatiguePalliative and Supportive Care . ISSN 1478-9515

2012

Kirshbaum, M., Purcell, B., Graham, J., Phillips, S. and Kaye, V. (2012) ‘Attention Restorative Theory and its potential use in fatigue management’. In: The 9th Palliative Care Congress, 14th - 16th March 2012, Gateshead, UK

2010

Flynn, J. and Graham, J. (2010) ‘To sign or not to sign’. In: Supporting Learning in Practice SLIP Conference, 2010, University of Huddersfield

2007

Stead, J. and Graham, J. (2007) ‘Taking the leap : transition from practitioner to educator’. In: College of occupational therapists annual conference, 2007, Manchester

Stead, J. and Graham, J. (2007) ‘Making our mark : evaluation of an undergraduate occupational therapy course’. In: College of occupational therapists annual conference, 2007, Manchester

Stead, J. and Graham, J. (2007) ‘Beyond boundaries’. In: Human and Health Science Teaching and Learning Conference, 2007, University of Huddersfield

Research Degree Supervision

  • Qualitative research
  • Occupational Therapy Practice:
    • General physical rehabilitation
    • Rheumatology
    • Psychological impact of living with a chronic long term condition
  • Student Motivation
  • Practice based learning (student and educator perspectives)