Ms Samantha Ashby
|Work Phone||(02) 4921 6341|
|Fax||(02) 4921 7053|
School of Health Sciences
The University of Newcastle, Australia
|Office||HA54A, Hunter Building|
Ms Samantha Ashby is a Lecturer in occupational therapy. She worked as an occupational therapist since 1987. She has worked in a range of health settings and occupational rehabilitation settings for 14 years in the UK and Australia. She completed her Masters RHD at the University of Sydney in 1999 “The impact of chronic low back pain on people’s lives.” She began her career in academia at the UK at Coventry University from 1997-2003. Since returning to academia in 2007, she has commenced her PhD study “The theoretical knowledge used and valued by occupational therapists in mental health practice: Influences and applications” and has published 5 papers in peer-reviewed journals and given 8 conference presentations.
Ms Ashby has published on the impact of chronic low back pain on occupational engagement and participation Her current research interests are in the nexus between theoretical knowledge in practice and the curriculum. She is also researching the development of professional identity and professional resilience in occupational therapy students and practitioners. She is currently working with two research teams on topics including health professional interventions for weight management, and student assessment.
She is an invited reviewer for three international journals in the field of occupational therapy and rehabilitation. Ms Ashby also presents workshops for professional organisations on the Model of Human Occupation, Kawa Model and the Canadian Model of Occupational Performance and Engagement. She has presented workshops on these topics in NSW, and Queensland for a range of professional organisations. In 2011, she represented the University of Newcastle in an ALTC funded project which aimed to engage emerging OT academic leaders in a community of practice designed to build capacity in curriculum development and renewal.
- Master of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), University of Sydney, 1999
- Diploma of College of Occupational Therapists, College of Law, 1987
- Healthy lifestyle advice: transfer of theory to practice
- Use of theoretical knowledge in practice
- • Development and maintenance of professional resilience and identity
- • Practice knowledge in Occupational Therapy and curriculum design
I have expertise in qualitative and quantitative approaches. I am also a team member on two current research projects that use mixed methods approaches.
Ms Ashby has a strong interest in student learning, and is currently on the research team for an Australian Learning and Teaching Council grant to investigate the effectiveness of electronic assessment and feedback mechanisms for evaluating health students’ practical skills.
Fields of Research
|110321||Rehabilitation And Therapy (Excl. Physiotherapy)||50|
|130200||Curriculum And Pedagogy||25|
- Member - OT Australia
- Member - Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
Year One Course Coordinator 2008- current
External Program Committee Member 2012 -
Program Assessment Committee 2007-2011
- Introduction to occupational therapy theory and skills
- Mental health practice
- Motor and processing abilities
- Program design and evaluation
- Theory to practice
OCCT1110 Introduction to Occupational Therapy Theory
OCCT1201 Introduction to Occupational Therapy Practice Skills
HLSC4120 Research Methodology
OCCT2252 Motor and Process Abilities
OCCT3120 Introduction to Psychosocial and Mental Health Occupational Therapy Practice