Biography

Karen joined the Occupational Therapy Team at the University in 2006 as a senior lecturer. In 2015, Karen became a Principal Lecturer for Rehabilitation in the Department of Health, Psychology and Social Studies. Karen coordinates the work of the physiotherapy and occupational therapy teams. In addition to this, Karen works with doctoral researchers and leads the MSc OT (pre-registration) dissertation module. Karen also coordinates the University Mental Health Research Group.

Karen started her lecturing career in 1999. Prior to joining the University of Cumbria, Karen was a senior lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent and also worked part time in a Regional Secure Mental Health Unit.

Qualifications and memberships

PhD Occupational therapy

Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy

HCPC registered occupational therapist

Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and the World Federation of Occupational Therapy

Academic and research interests

Occupational science

Forensic mental health

Activity and occupational analysis

Qualitative research methods

Current research students:

  • Caroline Hampson: Occupational engagement, dementia
  • Michelle Perryman: Performance profiling, occuaptional therapy

Publications

Recent Related Public output (last 5 years)
Peer Review Journals

Morris K, Reid G, Spencer S (2018). “Occupational therapy delivered by specialists versus nonspecialists for people with schizophrenia” Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012398.pub2.

Morris K, Ward, K. (2018). “The implementation of a new conceptual framework for occupational engagement in forensic settings: feasibility and application to occupational therapy practice”, Mental Health Review Journal. 23(4), pp.308-319, DOI: 0.1108/MHRJ-03-2018-0007.

Hampson C, Morris K (2018). “Research into the Experience of Dementia: Methodological and Ethical Challenges”, Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities. 1(1), pp15-19.

Wallcook S, Morris K (2017). “Supporting Digital Health and Digital Inclusion: An Occupational Therapy Perspective”, The Journal of Corporate Citizenship DOI: 10.9774/T&F.4700.2017.de.00008.

Howarth J, Morris K and Cox D (2017) “Challenges of teaching occupation: introduction of an occupation focused teaching tool”, Journal of Occupational Science. Accepted 24 October 2017. Published online 12 November 2017. DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2017.1397535.

Hampson C, Morris K (2017). “Short communication: Research into the experience of dementia: methodological and ethical challenges”. Open Access Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine, 1(4),  DOI: OAJGGM.MS.ID.555568.

Morris K, Smyth G (2017). “A Survey of Research Capacity and Partnerships Among Mental Health Occupational Therapists in the United Kingdom”. Mental Health Review Journal, 22 (2), pp136-147, DOI: 10.1108/MHRJ-12-2016-0024.

Morris K, Cox D (2017). “Developing a descriptive framework for “Occupational Engagement””. Journal of Occupational Science, DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2017.1319292.

Hampson C, Morris K (2016). “Dementia: Sustaining Self in the Face of Cognitive Decline”. Geriatrics, 1(4), 25 DOI:10.3390/geriatrics1040025.

Morris K, Syed A, Reid G, Spencer S (2016) “Occupational therapy delivered by specialists versus nonspecialists for people with schizophrenia (Protocol)” Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 10. Art. No.: CD012398. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012398.

Morris K, Cox D, Ward K (2016) “Exploring stories of occupational engagement in a regional secure unit” Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, DOI: 10.1080/14789949.2016.1187759.

Curtis M, Morris K (2015) “Cross-dressing as a meaningful occupation: a single case study” British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78(11), pp706-712.

Twinley R, Morris K (2014) “Editorial: Are we achieving occupation-focused practice?” British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 77(6), pp275.

Conference Presentations

Perryman M, Stoffel G, Morris K (2019) “Cultural Humility: From Power Imbalance to Mutuality and Intentional Respect; Promoting Culturally Relevant Occupation Focussed Client Centred Practice” Workshop.  2018 AOTA Annual Conference, 4-7 April 2019 New Orleans, USA.

Perryman M, Morris K, Cox D, Stoffel G, Taylor J (2019) “The Concept of Performance Profiling and the External Influences upon the Occupational Therapists’ Identity and Reasoning” Poster. Royal College of Occupational Therapists 43rd Annual Conferences and Exhibition, 17-18 June 2019.

Perryman M, Morris K (2018). “Occupational Therapists Perspectives on the Potential Use of Performance Profiling in Occupational Therapy Practice” Poster. 2018 Occupational Science & Technology Research Lectureship, 14 December 2018, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Mowat B, Morris K (2018). “How Subjective Experience Affects Individual Interpretation of Meaningful Leisure Occupation” Poster. Royal College of Occupational Therapists 42nd Annual Conferences and Exhibition, 11-13 June 2018.

Perryman M, Morris K (2018). “Occupational Therapists Perspectives on the Potential Use of Performance Profiling in Occupational Therapy Practice” Poster. 2018 AOTA Annual Conference, 19-22 April 2018, Salt Lake City, USA.

Inman J, Birkin M, Smyth G, Morris K (2018). “Effectiveness of occupational therapy mental health interventions: advancing research to develop the evidence base”, Poster. 17th WFOT Congress, 21-25 May 2018, Cape Town, South Africa.

Inman J, Morris K (2017). “Be a flamingo in a world of pigeons” Workshop. Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section Mental Health Conference, 14-15 September 2017.

Quinn P, Morris K (2017). “Interprofessional Education on Placement: the Views and Experiences of Postgraduate (Pre-registration) Occupational Therapy Students’” Poster. Royal College of Occupational Therapists 41st Annual Conferences and Exhibition, 19-20 June 2017.

Morris K, Smyth G (2017). “Lessons from a 10-Year national mental health strategy for occupational therapy – Time for an International mental health strategy?” Poster. 2017 AOTA Annual Conference & Centennial Celebration, 1st April 2017.

Morris K (2017). “Research inspirations”. Host: #OTalk Research – Tuesday 7th March 2017 (available at: https://embed.symplur.com/twitter/transcript?hashtag=OTalk&fdate=03-07-2017&shour=12&smin=00&tdate=03-07-2017&thour=13&tmin=15)

Perryman M, Morris K (2016) “Occupational therapist perspectives on the potential of Performance Profiling in Practice” Presentation. OT24Vx2016 conference, 27-28 October 2016 UTC.

Smyth G, Morris K (2016) “Developing research capacity and partnerships in mental health occupational therapy” Workshop.  College of Occupational Therapists 40th Annual Conferences and Exhibition, 28th June 2016.

Smyth G, Morris K (2015) “The COT Recovering Ordinary Lives Review - Improving the Evidence Base” Invited speaker for College led Workshop.  College of Occupational Therapists 39th Annual Conferences and Exhibition, 2nd July 2015.

Perryman M, Morris K (2015) “Occupational Therapists Perspectives on the Potential Use of Performance Profiling in Occupational Therapy Practice” Poster. College of Occupational Therapists 39th Annual Conferences and Exhibition, July 2015.

Smyth G, Morris K (2015) “The COT Recovering Ordinary Lives Review - Improving the Evidence Base” Invited speaker/Workshop.  College of Occupational Therapists Mental Health Specialist Section conference, 20th March 2015.

Morris K (2014) “The need for OT’s to be occupationally focussed: Theory and Practice” Keynote speaker. Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust Occupational Therapy Conference, 6th November 2014.

Morris K, Ward K, Cox D (2014). "The implementation of a new conceptual framework for occupational engagement in forensic settings: feasibility and application to occupational therapy practice" Paper presentation. University of Cumbria Research & Enterprise conference, 4th July 2014.

Morris K, Ward K, Cox D (2014). "The implementation of a new conceptual framework for occupational engagement in forensic settings: feasibility and application to occupational therapy practice" Paper presentation. 16th WFOT Congress, 18 - 21 June 2014, Yokohama, Japan

Recent external roles

External examiner

Cumbria & Lancashire CAHPR research hub steering group member

Peer Reviewing

  • 2017 – present: Journal of Occupational Science
  • 2016 – present: Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology
  • 2014 – present: American Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • 2010 – present: British Journal of Occupational Therapy