Staff profile

Karen Newberry

Admissions Lead and Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Karen wearing a red cardigan standing, smiling and pointing to the right.


Occupational Therapy


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am the Lead Admissions Tutor for the pre-registration Occupational Therapy programmes.

I teach on a variety of pre - registration modules across the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy and MSc Pre registration Occupational Therapy programmes. I am also a personal academic tutor to a range of students and I also deliver short courses on topics such as mental health in the workplace.

I am a Royal College of Occupational Therapists accreditor for pre-registration programmes and an external examiner for an Occupational Therapy Programme at another University.

Teaching responsibilities

The modules I teach on currently include those that focus on professionalism, therapeutic relationship skills, Occupational Therapy group work, professional reasoning skills, Leisure and sport as therapeutic interventions.

Professional interests

Research interests

A focus of my research has been on the use of immersive virtual environments, within teaching and learning, and their potential use within the clinical setting. I have a particular interest in the therapeutic value of occupations that include Physical activity, Sport and Leisure, and in mental Health Wellbeing in the work place.

An additional area of research interest is the value of the therapeutic relationship, particularly in relation to working with patients that find it hard to engage with traditional health and social care services.

Membership of professional bodies


Experience in industry

I have significant experience working as an occupational therapist in a wide variety of mental health settings, particularly with people who find it difficult to engage with services and people with schizophrenia. I have worked extensively in both community and inpatient mental health settings.

Additional interests and activities

Within my local community, I am actively involved in voluntary work at a local community arts venue.

Recent publications