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

 

Date


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A person-centred analysis of time-use, daily activities and health related quality of life.

Presentation / Conference
Hunt, E., McKay, E. A., Dahly, D., Fitzgerald, A. P., & Perry, I. (2016, June)
A person-centred analysis of time-use, daily activities and health related quality of life. Presented at 1st COTEC-ENOTHE Congress

Valuing the edges: exploring the process of belonging with people with learning disabilities and their support workers.

Presentation / Conference
Coetzee, S., McKay, E. A., Bryant, W., & Nicholls, L. (2016, June)
Valuing the edges: exploring the process of belonging with people with learning disabilities and their support workers. Paper presented at 1st COTEC-ENOTHE Congress

Enabling the participation of students with disabilities in health and human professions.

Presentation / Conference
Jarus, T., Sachs, D., Magnus, E., Nolan, C., Lee, M., Horghagen, S., …Shoham, S. (2016, June)
Enabling the participation of students with disabilities in health and human professions. Paper presented at 1st COTEC-ENOTHE Congress

Seesawing through the extremes of life - 'Like a seesaw I feel out of control' an exploration of co-dependency through IPA.

Presentation / Conference
Bacon, I., McKay, E. A., Reynolds, F., & McIntrye, A. (2016, June)
Seesawing through the extremes of life - 'Like a seesaw I feel out of control' an exploration of co-dependency through IPA. Paper presented at 1st COTEC-ENOTHE Congress, Galway, Ireland

Exploring transitions of occupational therapy graduates with seen and unseen disabilities.

Presentation / Conference
McKay, E. A., Magnus, E., Nolan, C., Horghagen, S., Eerola, M., Amin, M., & Keily, S. (2016, June)
Exploring transitions of occupational therapy graduates with seen and unseen disabilities. Paper presented at 1st COTEC-ENOTHE Congress

Supervising role emerging placements: a CPD opportunity that supports innovation in practice

Journal Article
Warren, A., Dancza, K., McKay, E., Taylor, A., Moran, M., Copley, J., & Rodger, S. (2016)
Supervising role emerging placements: a CPD opportunity that supports innovation in practice. WFOT Bulletin, 72(1), 35-37. https://doi.org/10.1080/14473828.2016.1160992
Supervision of occupational therapy students on placements is a challenging, but rewarding experience. There is a growing body of literature related to role emerging placement...

Disclosure on transitioning to the labour market for graduates with disabilities.

Presentation / Conference
Amin, M., Eerola, M., Horghagen, S., Kiely, S., Magnus, E., McKay, E., & Nolan, C. (2015, May)
Disclosure on transitioning to the labour market for graduates with disabilities. Paper presented at NNDR 13th Research Conference
Research Aim: This paper will bring together various research strands from international multidisciplinary perspectives on the transition to the workplace for graduates with s...

What can be learned from adolescent time diary research

Journal Article
Hunt, E., & McKay, E. A. (2015)
What can be learned from adolescent time diary research. Journal of Adolescent Health, 56(3), 259-266. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2014.11.007
Time use is increasingly being recognized as a determinant and indicator of adolescent well-being internationally. Three existing literature reviews of time-use research with ...

Sustainable solutions for wheelchair and seating assistive technology provision: presenting a cosmopolitan narrative with rich pictures.

Journal Article
Gowran, R. J., McKay, E. A., & O'Regan, B. (2014)
Sustainable solutions for wheelchair and seating assistive technology provision: presenting a cosmopolitan narrative with rich pictures. Technology and Disability, 26(2-3), 137-152. https://doi.org/10.3233/TAD-140408
BACKGROUND: Concepts of sustainability are beginning to emerge in relation to appropriate provision of wheelchair and seating assistive technology (WSAT) from design to follow...

A person-centred analysis of the time-use, daily activities and health-related quality of life of Irish school-going late adolescents

Journal Article
Hunt, E., McKay, E. A., Dahly, D. L., Fitzgerald, A. P., & Perry, I. J. (2015)
A person-centred analysis of the time-use, daily activities and health-related quality of life of Irish school-going late adolescents. Quality of Life Research, 24(6), 1303-1315. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-014-0863-9
Purpose: The health, well-being and quality of life of the world’s 1.2 billion adolescents are global priorities. A focus on their patterns or profiles of time-use and how the...

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)