Bethan is an occupational therapy academic with research interests broadly in the areas of disability and education. Her disability-related research includes the wellbeing and lifestyle of adults with low vision and long term conditions. Her education-based research focuses on inclusion in higher education as well as specific approaches in occupational therapy education.
Bethan is committed to promoting a high-quality student experience and her teaching interests primarily relate to occupational therapy theory, disability studies, occupational science and research methods. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was awarded a Learning and Teaching Fellowship in her previous employment as well as several student-nominated prizes and in 2016, she was guest editor of the special edition on Occupational Therapy Education of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists’ Journal ‘Occupational Therapy Bulletin’.
- Guest Editor of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin - Education Edition (World Federation of Occupational Therapists 2016)
- Senior Fellow (Higher Education Academy 2015)
- Learning and Teaching Fellow (Bournemouth University 2014)
- You're Brilliant Award - nomination from students for providing excellent learning experience (Students Union, Bournemouth University 2013)
- You're Brilliant Award - nomination from students for providing excellent learning experience (Students Union, Bournemouth University 2012)
- Keynote Speaker at Student Conference (Coventry University 2008)
- Invitation to Speak - Keynote presentation (European Institute of Design and Disability 2006)
- Award for the best article in the 2002 Volume of the Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy (Beechfield Medical / Irish Journal of Occupational Therapists 2002)
- Mary Young Research Award (Trinity College Dublin 2000)
- School of Occupational Therapy Award for highest Academic Achievement (Trinity College Dublin 2000)
- First Occupational Therapy Scholar of Trinity College Dublin (Trinity College Dublin 1998)