Joan Healey

Dr Joan Healey BA (Hons), DipCOT, PGCE, MA, EdD

Senior Lecturer


I am a senior lecturer on the occupational therapy team. I teach into the BSc (Hons) and the MSc pre-reg Occupational Therapy programmes. I am particularly interested in creative activities and the impact of the arts on wellbeing and health.

I have been involved in several research projects working with older people in residential care. My practice experience is with older people in both physical and mental health care fields. I supervise doctoral students in both the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing and Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities


I have extensive teaching experience in the occupational therapy, specialising in creative activities, theoretical and philosophical underpinnings to the profession, the complexities of placement learning and qualitative research methods.

Arts and wellbeing and medical humanities
Working with older people


College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

2009 - 2010 East Midlands Teaching Public Health funded project with Frances Gordon 'Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing in Older Carers'.
2012 - 14 Arts and Wellbeing Film club for health and social care staff and students
2014, 2015 Organised performances of dementia awareness play 'Grandma remember me' for health and social care staff and students.
I was recently given the University Inspirational Teaching Award

Occupational Therapy

MSc pre reg Occupational Therapy ; BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy


Need to remove 2010 - 2015 bit and replace with:
2015 Exploring the emotional landscapes of placement learning. Doctoral thesis

Add: 2017 Collective biographies project with Education colleagues in Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
2018 Evaluation of Rotherham Hospice in care Home Project

2007-2008 Lead researcher for 'Creative Accounts of care'. A service user involvement project. This project used creative writing groups to explore people's experiences of care in a residential home
2014 IMAGINE project : Improving Stories - a poetry reading intervention in a nursing home


Journal articles

Taylor, C.A., Gannon, S., Adams, G., Donaghue, H., Hannam-Swain, S., Harris-Evans, J., ... Moore, P. (2019). Grim tales: Meetings, matterings and moments of silencing and frustration in everyday academic life. International Journal of Educational Research, 99, 101513.

Gannon, S., Taylor, C., Adams, G., Donaghue, H., Hannan-Swain, S., Harris-Evans, J., ... Moore, P. (2019). ‘Working on a rocky shore’: Micro-moments of positive affect in academic work. Emotion, space and society.

Healey, J., Hopkins, C., Mcclimens, A., & Peplow, D. (2017). The potential therapeutic benefits of reading poetry to nursing home residents: the road less travelled? Journal of Poetry Therapy, 30 (3), 153-165.

Healey, J. (2017). Emotion management and occupational therapy student learning on placement: A post-structuralist exploration. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80 (11), 676-683.

Healey, J. (2013). Emotional Aspects of Practice. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76 (10), 474.

HEALEY, J. (2012). Gary Kenyon, Ernst Bohlmeijer and William L. Randall (eds), Storying Later Life: Issues, Investigations, and Interventions in Narrative Gerontology, Oxford University Press, New York, 2011, 424 pp., hbk £32.50, ISBN 13: 978 0 19 539795 6. Ageing and Society, 32 (1), 169-170.

Brown Wilson, C., Tetley, J., Healey, J., & Wolton, R. (2011). The best care is like sunshine : accessing older people's experiences of living in care homes through creative writing. Activities, adaptation and aging, 35 (1), 1-20.

Conference papers

Healey, J. (2016). What does placement feel like? Emotions and occupational therapy practice. BRITISH JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, 79, 28.

Healey, J. (2014). Exploring the emotional dimensions of student placement learning experience. BRITISH JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, 77, 36.


Turner, J., Painter, J., Ashmore, R., Healey, J., Harrop, D., & Brown, H. (2019). Service Evaluation of End of Life care arrangements of a Hospice to Care Home initiative.

Turner, J., Painter, J., Ashmore, R., Healey, J., Brown, H., & Harrop, D. (2019). An evaluation of a Hospice to Care Home initiative. SHU.

Theses / Dissertations

Nannen, D. (2022). Clinical placement experiences and the professional values of graduate entry nursing students. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Demissie, F., & Healey, J.


Turner, J., Painter, J., Ashmore, R., Healey, J., Harrop, D., & Brown, H. (2019). An evaluation of Rotherham Hospice to care Home initiative. RCN International Conference. Presented at: RCN International Nursing Research Conference and Exhibition 2019, Sheffield Hallam Uniiversity, 2019

Other activities

2012 - 2015 External examiner Oxford Brookes University MSc pre reg Occupational Therapy

2012 Steering group Sheffield Arts and Wellbeing

Nov 2015 - Accreditor College of Occupational Therapists

Board Member Ignite Imaginations Community Arts Organisation

Accreditor for Royal College of Occupational Therapists

2017 - External examiner Cardiff University PGDip Occupational Therapy

Postgraduate supervision

I currently supervise doctoral students in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities and Faculty of Health & Wellbeing. 

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