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Dr Lesley  Collier PhD. MSc. Dip COT

Visiting Academic

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Before moving to academia I worked as an occupational therapist in Dorset specialising in neurology and dementia care. I particularly enjoyed working with those with severe cognitive impairment and perceptual disorders and developed an interest in using sensory approaches to address these problems. I now teach at both under graduate and post graduate level with a focus on neurology, sensory and information processing and sensory approaches for people with cognitive impairment.

I hold a number of research grants exploring the use of sensory approaches with people with cognitive impairment and work in partnership with Sensory Integration Network UK & Ireland, members of the TAG European Consortium and alongside a number of UK based charities. I am committed to supporting and developing therapists for the future. I am a mentor for the National Institute for Health Research to support clinical academic careers, Occupational Therapists working in emerging areas of practice and supervise a number of occupational therapists and other clinical staff undertaking PhDs.

I am a HCPC registered Occupational Therapist with a specialist interest in dementia, sensory processing and sensory integration

Lesley graduated from the London School of Occupational Therapy in 1985 and took up a rotational post at Poole General Hospital. She continued working in the Poole / Bournemouth district specialising in Neurology and Elderly care.

Whilst at Kings Park Community Hospital as Head Occupational Therapist, Lesley worked with Dr. Nick Moffatt researching the effects of multi-sensory stimulation on older people with dementia. This study led to the installation of the first multi-sensory environment for older people with dementia.

Key interests

Research in to the effects of sensory processing on functional performance in people with severe cognitive deficit

Research into the effects of sensory processing on people working in extreme environments.

Strategic development and leadership in international enterprise and innovation within occupational therapy

Enhancement of the student learning experience through case based and guided discovery learning.

Membership of advisory Groups

Grant awarding panel, College of Occupational Therapists (Ongoing)
Good Practice Panel, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (Ongoing)

Research interests

Evaluating the effects of sensory processing on the functional performance of people with severe cognitive deficit

Establishing and evaluating protocols using sensory stimulation for people with severe cognitive deficit

Establishing the effect of environmental demand on performance within healthy populations in order to evaluate user interface

Research group

Active Living and Rehabilitation

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Utilization of contemporary, evidence-based teaching approaches in the design of new teaching innovations including case-based guided discovery programme.

co-ordination and leadership of both undergraduate and post-graduate modules taught across the school and supporting students through performance review.

Active involvement in quality assurance procedures and education initiatives with the school:

Curricular design and OT practice from a global context.

Dr Lesley Collier
University of Southampton Faculty of Health Sciences Building 45 Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ
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