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Shirley Masterson

Shirley Masterson FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy


Shirley Masterson is the Course Lead for the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy course. Shirley teaches mainly on this course but also has input in the other courses offered by the Occupational Therapy and Vocational Rehabilitation programme. Shirley is also an ergonomic assessor at Sheffield Hallam University.

  • About

    Shirley is the Course Lead for the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy course in the College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences and a senior lecturer. Shirley's teaching is mainly in research methods particularly quantitative methods, practice learning and musculo-skeletal conditions. Shirley is also a trainer in Basic Life Support. She is also part of the placement team and will support students out on placement.

    She specialised in the rheumatology occupational therapy and completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Rheumatological Conditions from Keele University in 1999. Shirley completed an MSc in Health and Social Care at Sheffield Hallam in 2006.

    She joined Hallam in 2007 where she was placement lead with a special interest in supporting students with disabilities and additional needs on placement. She became the course lead for the BSc course in 2014.

    Specialist areas of interest

    Rheumatological and Musculo-skeletal conditions and Occupational Therapy
    Students with Disabilities

  • Teaching

    Health And Wellbeing

    Occupational Therapy and Vocational Rehabilitation

    BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
    MSc (pre-reg) Occupational Therapy
    MSc (DL) Occupational Therapy

  • Research

    Involved in a pilot study investigating Building Resilience in the Cancer Workforce in partnership with Macmillan

    MSc Research Dissertation: A pilot study evaluating the addition of joint protection advice to an exercise programme in the treatment of patients with osteoarthritis of the hand; a randomised controlled trial

    Shirley is interested in supporting students with additional needs on placement and was involved in a digital storytelling project for students who have failed on placement.

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Masterson, S., & Bryer, M. (2010). Methodological issues arising from a pilot RCT investigating the effectiveness of joint protection. International journal of therapy and rehabilitation, 17 (12), 654-664.

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