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Biography

Jo qualified as an Occupational Therapist in the UK in 1993 and US in 1997. She worked initially in Neurosciences at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust and then as a Senior Therapist working in Neurorehabilitation. Jo has also worked in Social Services, Palliative Care, Acute Medicine, Community based Children and Families, and Adult Physical Disabilities Teams in both the UK and US.

In 2000 Jo began work as a Stroke Association funded Research Therapist and NHS Research Training Fellow at the Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care at the University of Oxford and has experience of prospective cohort studies (Oxford Vascular Study) and providing intervention as part of a randomised controlled trial for people after stroke.  She has worked as a Lecturer since 2005 and alongside this from 2008 as an Expert Witness, then from 2012 as a practitioner specialising in handwriting and sensorimotor skills in primary schools and with children/young people and families at home.

Jo currently works at the University of Bradford as a Lecturer (0.4 W.T.E) and at the University of Leeds as a Research Fellow on the Education Endowment Foundation project 'Helping Handwriting Shine' (0.6 W.T.E). 





Research

Handwriting and sensorimotor skills assessment and intervention; 1:1, group and universal (home and school level) approaches. Working with primary school aged children, families and teachers. Special educational needs, developmental co-ordination disorder, cerebral palsy, autism.  Neuromotor task training, metacognitive methods.  Primary school based occupational therapy. Outcome measurement, goal setting. Prospective cohort and randomised controlled trial design, mixed methods approaches. Process evaluation of complex interventions.