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Helen Justice

Psychology PhD student


I have worked for the past 20+ years as an occupational therapist within the NHS – working initially in mental health before spending the majority of my career supporting individuals with learning/intellectual disabilities and autistic individuals.  More recently I have moved into leadership and currently work as an Occupational Therapy Professional Lead.

Since qualifying in 2001 I have completed an MSc in Occupational Therapy in 2004 and an MRes in Clinical Research in 2016.

I have a particular interest in sensory-based interventions and completed a PG Cert in Sensory Integration in 2013.  My MRes research examined occupational therapy for adults with intellectual disabilities and sensory processing challenges within acute assessment and treatment units.


Professional Doctorate Research:

My professional doctorate research is exploring the views of people with intellectual disabilities and their family and paid carers about their experience of occupational therapy using sensory integration-informed approaches.


My research is supervised by:

  • Dr Sandra Lyndon, Reader in Childcare and Social Policy
  • Dr Esther Burkitt, Professor of Developmental Psychology

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Alex Rawlinson
Psychology Laboratory Technician
Alison Hounsome
Programme Administrator
Benjamin Sharpe
Dr Benjamin T. Sharpe
Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology, Programme Coordinator for the BSc Criminology and Forensic Psychology, and Academic Board Member

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