Professor Diane Cox, PhD

  • Professor Emeritus of Occupational Therapy
  • Institute of Health
  • Health and Wellbeing
Professor Diane Cox, PhD


I am an Emeritus Professor of Occupational Therapy affiliated to the Institute of Health and the Centre for Research in Health & Society.

I am currently a co-applicant on a NIHR Programme grant project “SCENE: Improving quality of life and health outcomes of patients with psychosis through a new structured intervention for expanding social networks” RP-PG-0615-10004 with Queen Mary’s London – 1st April 2017 to 1st September 2022 - 

I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, the highest honour the College can bestow on one of its professional members. In June 2017, I delivered the Dr Elizabeth Casson Memorial Lecture at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference. I am currently the Chair of Council of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.


Qualifications and memberships


Academic and research interests

  • Long Term Conditions
  • Fatigue Management
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Science

Research supervision

Current Research Students

  • Michelle Perryman - Occupational Therapy, Performance Profiling
  • Kelly Fielden - Occupational Therapy Education

Awarded PhDs

  1. Carol Fitzsimons (Psychotherapist) New York. High Profile women and their experience of their menopausal years.2009
  2. Ken Erickson (Chiropractic) New York. Unintended and/ or unexpected consequences of chiropractic treatment.2011
  3. Karen Morris (Occupational Therapist/ Senior Lecturer) Occupational Engagement in a Regional Secure Unit 2012
  4. Helen Wilby (Occupational Therapist/ Senior Lecturer) A qualitative interpretation of the Structured Anchored Approach to functional assessment. 2012
  5. Anne Milston (Occupational Therapist/ Senior Lecturer, UClan) Living with Dilated Cardiomyopathy: The perceived effect on Occupational Performance.2013
  6. Sue Pemberton (Occupational Therapist) Time and Occupation in People with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.2014
  7. Bel Youngson (Occupational Therapist) Occupational Therapy Perspective on Diabetes.2016
  8. Malabika Ghosh (Occupational Therapist) Attention Deficits in Stroke: relationship with postural balance and independence with activities of daily living. 2018
  9. Joan Howarth (Occupational Therapist / Senior Lecturer, Derby) A Critical Investigation of the Meanings of Everyday Occupations


Laver-Fawcett A.J.; Cox D.L. (due 2021) Principles of Assessment and Outcome Measurement for Allied Health Professionals, 2nd Edition Wiley Blackwell

Perryman-Fox, M., & Cox, D. L. (2020). Occupational therapy in the United Kingdom: past, present, and future. Annals of International Occupational Therapy

Ana L. Borges da Costa & Diane L. Cox (2018): A experiência do significado na dança circular, Journal of Occupational Science, (Portuguese translation of 2016 paper)

Howarth, J. T., Morris, K., & Cox, D. L. (2018). Challenges of teaching occupation: Introduction of an occupation focused teaching tool. Journal of Occupational Science25(1), 142-148.

Cox, D. L. (2017). The Dr Elizabeth Casson Memorial Lecture 2017: Life as an occupational being. British Journal of Occupational Therapy80(9), 525-532.

Morris, K., Cox, D.L. (2017) Developing a descriptive framework for “Occupational Engagement” Journal of Occupational Science 24; 2: 152-164  

Eastham, A.J., Cox, D. (2017) Dementia-friendly wards: A review of the literature and pilot study of patient interaction and daily activity engagement International Journal of Health Governance 2017 22:1 , 25-36

Karen Morris, Diane L. Cox & Kath Ward (2016) Exploring stories of occupational engagement in a regional secure unit The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology

Da Costa ALB, Cox DL (2016) The experience of meanings in circle dance Journal of Occupational Science 23; 2: 196-207

Caldwell, C., Twelvetree, T., & Cox, D. (2015). An evaluation of Therapy Outcome Measures (TOMs) in community rehabilitation. International Journal of Therapy And Rehabilitation22(7), 310-319.

Youngson, A., Cole, F., Wilby, H., & Cox, D. (2015). The lived experience of diabetes: Conceptualisation using a metaphor. The British Journal of Occupational Therapy78(1), 24-32.

Pemberton S, Cox DL (2015) Synchronisation: Co-ordinating Time and Occupation Journal of Occupational Science 22: 3: 291- 303  (first online 08/12/2014)

McDermott C, Al Haddabi A, Akagi H, Selby M, Cox D, Lewith G (2014) What is the current NHS service provision for patients severely affected by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis? A national scoping exercise.  BMJ

Bolton, G. C. and Cox, D. L. (2014), Survey of UK sonographers on the prevention of work related muscular-skeletal disorder (WRMSD). J. Clin. Ultrasound. doi: 10.1002/jcu.22216