Elizabeth Anne McKay
elizabeth anne mckay

Prof Elizabeth Anne McKay FRCOT, FHEA

Professor

Biography

Elizabeth is Professor in Occupational Therapy; to date her career has included leadership and management of academic and clinical staff, research experience especially with service users’ research in mental health, palliative care and in occupational therapy education. Elizabeth has worked in a range of universities nationally and internationally and has extensive experience of curriculum design including BSc. and Graduate Entry Master programmes. .

In 2015, Elizabeth was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, the highest honour the College can bestow on one of its professional members. She is active member of RCOT/BAOT and World Federation of Occupational Therapists. In 2009, she was the Barbara Sexton Lecturer at the University of Western Ontario, Canada and in 2011 was visiting Professor at University of Newcastle, Australia. She established the MSc Occupational Therapy at the University of Limerick, the only pre-registration Masters in Ireland.

To date she has supervised 13 PhD students to completion; 11 of these are occupational therapists with a range of topics and methodologies including mental health issues, assistive technology, time use, sustainability and professional education, elder carers' quality of life and experience of care-giving. Four of PhD students have been awarded National PhD funding from NIHR, ESRC, Irish Health Research Board. She currently is involved with 4 PhD students at Napier, while having two others nationally and internationally. Elizabeth has examined 11 PhD students both nationally and internationally. She has co-edited two books; one on Narratives and Professional Reasoning and the other on Advanced Practice in Mental Health Occupational Therapy. Additionally, Elizabeth contributes chapters to leading text books.

Research Interests: Mental Health, Women in secure environments
Social inclusion and Participation, Professional education
Clinical reasoning, Narrative Inquiry, Service Users' Experiences
Palliative care. BAME occupational therapists lived experience of promotion

Elizabeth was appointed by the Irish Minister for Health as the National Occupational Therapist on the Health and Social Care Professions Council (now CORU) equivalent to UK Health and Social Care Professions Council. At this time she was Chair of the newly establish Education Committee. She also served on the Irish Mental Health Commission Research Committee (Ireland).

Elizabeth is an active researcher presenting at national and international conferences and publishes her research in peer reviewed journals.



Teaching and Learning : Qualitative Research Methods, Enduring mental illness, medical humanities, Women's mental health,
Occupational Science, Models of Practice, Leadership and Entrepreneurship.

Themes

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Scottish Government Collaboration: HEIs AHPs and Chief Allied Health Professional Officer for Scotland
  • International Reviewer: Australian Occupational Therapy New Competency Standards

 

Editorial Activity

  • Academic Editor for Occupational Therapy International.
  • Editorial Board member: Irish Journal Of Occupational Therapy

 

External Examining/Validations

  • PhD Examination Leeds Beckett University
  • PhD Examination - London Southbank University
  • University of Liverpool MSc Occupational Therapy
  • University of Worcester : MSC Occupational Therapy
  • University of Cumbria. Re-approval panel member for the BSc (hons) and MSc Occupational Therapy programmes.
  • USA Approved Programme Director
  • QMU Examiner Examiner BSc (Hons)
  • University of Limerick

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Assessor
  • Fellow: Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • Fellowship: University of Western Ontario: London Canada
  • Fellow: HEA

 

Grant Reviewer

  • International - Irish Health Research Board
  • NIHR Application

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Raising Edinburgh Napier Profile

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • London Southbank Unversity
  • University of Western Ontario: London Canada
  • University of Teeside
  • Robert Gordon University

 

Reviewing

  • Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational therapists' use of occupation-focused practice in secure hospitals Practice guideline (Second edition)
  • Work [Reviewer International Journal: Work (USA)]
  • Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
  • British Journal of Occupational Therapy

 

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The Lady of Shalott: insights gained from using visual methods and interviews exploring the lived experience of codependency

Journal Article
Bacon, I., McKay, E. A., Reynolds, F., & McIntyre, A. (2017)
The Lady of Shalott: insights gained from using visual methods and interviews exploring the lived experience of codependency. Qualitative Methods in Psychology,
Codependency is a complex human experience with many meanings. The experiences of self-identified codependent individuals, who attend 12 steps groups are largely missing from ...

How effective are interventions to improve social outcomes among offenders with personality disorder: a systematic review

Journal Article
Connell, C., Furtado, V., McKay, E. A., & Singh, S. P. (2017)
How effective are interventions to improve social outcomes among offenders with personality disorder: a systematic review. BMC Psychiatry, 17(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-017-1536-3
Background: Offenders with personality disorder are supported by health, criminal justice, social care and third sector services. These services are tasked with reducing risk,...

An exploration of the lived experience of co-dependency through interpretative phenomenological analysis. Implications for occupational science.

Presentation / Conference
Bacon, I., McKay, E. A., & Reynolds, F. (2017, September)
An exploration of the lived experience of co-dependency through interpretative phenomenological analysis. Implications for occupational science. Paper presented at The 4th Conference of Occupational Science Europe: Meeting in Diversity - Occupation as a Common Ground, Hildesheim, Germany

Time-Use, daily activities and health related quality of life of Irish youth

Journal Article
McKay, E. A., Fitzgerald, A. P., & Perry, I. (2017)
Time-Use, daily activities and health related quality of life of Irish youth. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(4_Supplement_1), 7111505067p1. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2017.71S1-RP103D
This large cross-sectional time-use study empirically examined, for the first time, the relationship between participation in daily activity and self-reported health-related q...

Occupational narratives to explore participation among offenders with personality disorder

Presentation / Conference
Connell, C., McKay, E., Furtado, V., & Singh, S. (2017, June)
Occupational narratives to explore participation among offenders with personality disorder. Paper presented at RCOT Annual Conference 2017, Birmingham
Background: Offenders with personality disorder (PDOs) experience worse health and desistance outcomes than other offender and mentally disordered groups, prompting significan...

Occupational therapists' views of colleagues with seen and unseen disabilities.

Presentation / Conference
McKay, E. A., Quille, A., & MacLean, L. (2017, March)
Occupational therapists' views of colleagues with seen and unseen disabilities. Paper presented at AOTA Annual Conference, Philadelphia, USA

What influences participation in prosocial occupation among offenders with personality disorder in the community, and how effective are current interventions? Two systematic reviews.

Presentation / Conference
Connell, C., Furtado, V., McKay, E. A., & Singh, S. (2017, March)
What influences participation in prosocial occupation among offenders with personality disorder in the community, and how effective are current interventions? Two systematic reviews. Paper presented at British and Irish Group for the Study of Personality Disorder 18th Annual Conference, Inverness
Connell, C., Furtado, V., McKay, E. A., & Singh, S. (2017, March). What influences participation in prosocial occupation among offenders with personality disorder in the commu...

Improving positive community outcomes among offenders with personality disorder: The POPPED Project

Presentation / Conference
Connell, C., McKay, E., Furtado, V., & Singh, S. (2017, March)
Improving positive community outcomes among offenders with personality disorder: The POPPED Project. Paper presented at British and Irish Group for the Study of Personality Disorder–18th Annual Conference, Inverness
Connell, C., McKay, E., Furtado, V., & Singh, S. (2017, March). Improving positive community outcomes among offenders with personality disorder: The POPPED Project. Paper pres...

Participation and inclusion: mental health service users' lived experience – an international study.

Book
McKay, E. A., Mahon, D., Donellan, G., Haracz, K., Sheldon, S., & Ryan, S. (2017)
Participation and inclusion: mental health service users' lived experience – an international study. In A. H. Eide, S. Josephsson, & K. Vik (Eds.), Participation in health and welfare services: professional concepts and lived experienceLondon: Taylor & Francis (Routledge
In the UK, progress has been made in terms of awareness of the barriers to participation and social inclusion that is experienced by people with severe and enduring mental hea...

Evaluating the use of digital technology 'personal wiki': perspectives from service users and staff.

Report
McKay, E. A. (2016)
Evaluating the use of digital technology 'personal wiki': perspectives from service users and staff. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Napier University
No abstract available.

Current Post Grad projects

Previous Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Dr Catriona Connell: NIHR funded PhD examined occupational performance for people with personality disorders. Status: Subject Expert
  • Dr Keiran Lewis: PhD evaluated the UNILINK service at Trinity Dublin from a range of perspectives. (2nd Supervisor)
  • Dr Carol-Ann Howson: PhD, Older Parents of Adult Children with Learning Disabilities: Perspectives on Caregiving and Quality of life Status (1st Supervisor)
  • Dr Rachel Dadswell: PhD examine quality of life, occupational performance and lived experienced of people using rehabilitation unit and community living. Status (1st Supervisor)
  • Dr Ingrid Bacon: An in depth exploration of the individual’s experience of co-dependence and the 12 step recovery group. (1st Supervisor)
  • Dr Alison Warren: Irish Health Research Board funded Exploring the Impact of Role Emerging Placements on the Professional Development And Capability Of Occupational Therapists (1st Supervisor)
  • Dr Simone Coetzee: he Occupational Experience of People with Different Capabilities Participating in an Inclusive Horticultural Social Enterprise (1st Supervisor)
  • Dr Jasna Russo: Unmaking madness. Exploring collective first-person epistemology (2nd Supervisor)
  • Dr Liz Brosnan: Funded by PRTI( IrishAward) Mental Health Services Users' engagement in changing mental health services (Co-Supervisor)
  • Dr Eithne Hunt: Time use, daily activities and health related quality of life of school-going late adolescents in Cork City and County: A cross sectional Study. (Co-supervisor)
  • Dr Rosemary Gowran: Funded by Irish Health Research Board Building a sustainable wheelchair and seating provision community -meeting peoples’ primary needs now and in the future. (1st Supervisor)
  • Dr Wendy Bryant: An occupational perspective on user involvement in Mental Health day services. (co-supervisor)