Karen Newberry

Position: Senior Lecturer

College: College of Health and Social Care

Department: Therapeutic Practice

Subject area: Occupational Therapy

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I lecture on a variety of modules in the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy and MSc Pre registration Occupational Therapy programmes. I am also personal tutor to a range of students. My other roles include taking a lead within the subject area for the marketing of Occupational Therapy programmes at the University.

Professional interests

Mental Health, Recovery, Social Inclusion, Therapeutic Use of Leisure, Service User Involvement, Emerging Roles for OT, Boredom, Use of Virtual Learning Environments, Reflection, Communication and Self Awareness, Therapeutic Relationship.

Research interests

Virtual Learning Environments, Boredom, Therapeutic Relationship

Membership of professional bodies

I'm an active member of RCOT, including its specialist section for Mental Health. I am an RCOT accreditor for both pre registration programmes and short courses/CPD opportunities, review journal articles for international rehabilitation publications, and review potential publications for a major healthcare publisher.


  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, Sheffield Hallam University
  • PG Cert in Teaching and Learning, University of Derby
  • MA in Education, University of Derby

Recent publications

  • Newberry, K., Terrington, C. (2017) Engaging the hard to engage: What contribution could occupational therapy make to an interdisciplinary approach? International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, Vol 24, No 8 pp 361-364
  • Threapleton, K., Newberry, K., Sutton, G., Worthington, E., Drummond, A. (2017)Virtually home: Exploring the potential of virtual reality to support patient discharge after stroke. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 80(2) pp99-107
  • Newberry, K., Terrington, C. Assertive Outreach in Kirwood, R., Clewes, J. (2016) Diverse Roles for Occupational Therapists. Cumbria, M and K Publishing
  • Sutton, G., Newberry, K., Threapleton, K. (2016) Evaluating Unity created simulations within occupational therapy. Journal Assistive Technologies 10(3) p162 – 170
  • Threapleton, K., Newberry, K., Rowe P. ( 2015) The application of virtual reality. Occupational Therapy News,  23(8), 28-29.
  • Newberry, K. (2015) Is Masters level study for you? The OT Magazine 7 pp73
  • Threapleton, K., Newberry, K., Rowe, P. (2015) The application of Virtual Reality, OT News 23(8) pp 28 - 29
  • Threapleton, K., Birks, E., Sutton, G. Rowe, P., Newberry, K., Drummond A., (2014) A qualitative study to explore the potential of developing a virtual environment to support discharge planning after stroke. International Journal Of Stroke 9, Issue Supplement 54 pp 47-48

Recent conferences

  • Threapleton, K., Sutton, G., Newberry, K., Drummond, A. (2016)  Virtually Home: Feasibility study of a virtual reality intervention to support patient discharge after stroke. Northern Ireland Stroke Conference
  • Threapleton, K., Drummond, A., Sutton, G., Newberry, K.  (2015) From a virtual house to discharge home: A feasibility study of a virtual reality intervention to support discharge planning after stroke. International Journal of Stroke, 10(5), pp71 contains the conference listing as this was presented at UK Stroke Forum – 1-3 December 2015, Liverpool, UK  asa conference paper presentation
  • Sutton, G., Threapleton, K., Newberry, K.,  Rowe, P. (2015) Using unity to create teaching tools, for teaching academically and clinically within occupational therapy.  ITAG14, 22-23 October 2015, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom. 
  • Threappleton, K., Birks, E., Smith, AE., Sutton, G., Rowe, p., Newberry, K., Drummond, A. (2015) Developing a virtual environment for discharge planning after stroke; a preliminary study. Proceedings of SSR, Clinical Rehabilitation (2015) 29(4) p411
  • Newberry K, Rowe P, (2013) An evaluation of a Virtual Learning Environment home visit simulation in preregistration occupational therapy education (Paper at COHEHRE Kuopio Conference, Finland 2013
  • Rowe P, Newberry K (2012) Second Life Virtual Learning Environment to Develop Pre registration students clinical skills. (International Forum on Quality And Safety In Healthcare, Paris 2012)
  • Rowe P, Newberry K (2012) Development of clinical reasoning via virtual learning environments (Poster for COT Conference 2012)

Additional interests and activities

In my spare time I enjoy DIY, yoga and walking in the Peak District. I also volunteer within the village of Matlock Bath.

Experience in industry

I have significant experience working in a wide variety of mental health settings, particularly with clients that are difficult to engage. I continue to maintain active links with a variety of professionals including occupational therapists within this setting.

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