Rosaline qualified as an occupational therapist in 1998 and has held clinical and research-based roles. She is an advocate for the occupational therapy profession and the benefits it brings to service users.
Prior to joining ARU, Rosaline enjoyed a varied and rewarding occupational therapy career in a range of hospital and community settings, including National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and Cambridge University Hospitals. She completed a MSc Rehabilitation Science at Southampton University and went on to develop an independent specialist occupational therapy assessment service. In that role Rosaline provided regular postgraduate teaching. Rosaline has always enjoyed sharing her passion for occupational therapy and the benefits it can bring. Moving into a formal academic role to teach and research further fulfils this aim.
Rosaline is interested in the prevalence of specific learning differences in higher education, namely developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and the support that can be offered to students.
There is little research on the lived experience of DCD, also known as dyspraxia, in adulthood. Subsequently, there is scant evidence for occupational therapy intervention. Therefore, this is also a potential topic for investigation.
In 2023 Rosaline hopes to commence a PhD to contribute to the knowledge base in developmental coordination disorder, to enhance occupational therapy service provision for service users. This research will endeavour to enable service users with developmental coordination disorder, to live with enhanced confidence, happiness, and productivity in their daily occupations.
Rosaline is the course lead for the MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Reg) course and actively contributes to the teaching delivery of this programme. She has direct oversight of the course, supported by practitioner, senior and associate lecturers.
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23.06.2018 Dyspraxia Foundation 30th Anniversary Conference, London. Presented Occupational Therapy support for adults with Dyspraxia.
06.03.2017: Cambridge 105 Radio with Liz Barker: Dyspraxia UK
07.02.2014: Fixers I’m Dyspraxic Story on ITV news Anglia
14.11.2013: Fixers Dyspraxia Story on ITV news London