Staff profile

Dr Joan Howarth

Senior Lecturer

Joan Howarth discussing occupational therapy education


Occupational Therapy


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Allied Health and Social Care




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I lecture on a variety of modules across the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, the pre-registration MSc in Occupational Therapy and the post-registration Occupational Therapy programmes.

Teaching responsibilities

I currently deliver modules focusing on occupation and occupational therapy in public health. I also teach aspects of psychology in addition to different assessments and intervention methods used in occupational therapy practice. 

I supervise Master's students during their independent research module at both pre-registration and postgraduate levels.

Professional interests

My key professional interests are within occupational science and how people teaching and learn the professional concept of occupation.

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies

I am an active member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.


Additional interests and activities

I created the occupation-focused teaching tool. This tool is used to support students to develop knowledge and understanding of occupation as understood within occupational therapy.

Recent publications

Howarth, J.T., Morris, K. & Cox, D. (2018). Challenges of teaching occupation: Introduction of an occupation focused teaching tool. Journal of Occupational Science. 25(1) pp. 142-148.