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Biography

Ms Samantha Ashby is a Lecturer in occupational therapy. She worked as an occupational therapist since 1987. She has worked in a range of health settings and occupational rehabilitation settings for 14 years in the UK and Australia. She completed her Masters RHD at the University of Sydney in 1999 “The impact of chronic low back pain on people’s lives.” She began her career in academia at the UK at Coventry University from 1997-2003. Since returning to academia in 2007, she has commenced her PhD study “The theoretical knowledge used and valued by occupational therapists in mental health practice: Influences and applications” and has published 5 papers in peer-reviewed journals and given 8 conference presentations.

Ms Ashby has published on the impact of chronic low back pain on occupational engagement and participation Her current research interests are in the nexus between theoretical knowledge in practice and the curriculum. She is also researching the development of professional identity and professional resilience in occupational therapy students and practitioners. She is currently working with two research teams on topics including health professional interventions for weight management, and student assessment.

She is an invited reviewer for three international journals in the field of occupational therapy and rehabilitation. Ms Ashby also presents workshops for professional organisations on the Model of Human Occupation, Kawa Model and the Canadian Model of Occupational Performance and Engagement. She has presented workshops on these topics in NSW, and Queensland for a range of professional organisations. In 2011, she represented the University of Newcastle in an ALTC funded project which aimed to engage emerging OT academic leaders in a community of practice designed to build capacity in curriculum development and renewal.

Qualifications

  • Master of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), University of Sydney, 17/12/1999
  • Diploma of College of Occupational Therapists, College of Law, 22/07/1987

Research

Research keywords

  • Healthy lifestyle advice: transfer of theory to practice
  • Use of theoretical knowledge in practice
  • • Development and maintenance of professional resilience and identity
  • • Practice knowledge in Occupational Therapy and curriculum design

Research expertise

I have expertise in qualitative and quantitative approaches. I am also a team member on two current research projects that use mixed methods approaches.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
110321Rehabilitation And Therapy (Excl. Physiotherapy)50
110300Clinical Sciences25
130200Curriculum And Pedagogy25

Memberships

Other

  • Member - OT Australia
  • Member - Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

Collaboration

Ms Ashby has a strong interest in student learning, and is currently on the research team for an Australian Learning and Teaching Council grant to investigate the effectiveness of electronic assessment and feedback mechanisms for evaluating health students’ practical skills.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Year One Course Coordinator 2008- current

External Program Committee Member 2012 -

Program Assessment Committee 2007-2011

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Introduction to occupational therapy theory and skills
  • Mental health practice
  • Motor and processing abilities
  • Program design and evaluation
  • Theory to practice

Teaching expertise

OCCT1110 Introduction to Occupational Therapy Theory

OCCT1201 Introduction to Occupational Therapy Practice Skills

HLSC4120 Research Methodology

OCCT2252 Motor and Process Abilities

OCCT3120 Introduction to Psychosocial and Mental Health Occupational Therapy Practice

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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

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Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011O'Toole G, Ashby SE, Fussell MC, 'Dementia and occupation analysis', Occupation Analysis in Practice, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, West Sussex 163-176 (2011) [B2]

Co-authors: Gjyn OToole

Journal article (11 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Snodgrass SJ, Ashby SE, Rivett DA, Russell T, 'Implementation of an electronic Objective Structured Clinical Exam for assessing practical skills in pre-professional physiotherapy and occupational therapy programs: Examiner and course coordinator perspectives', AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, 30 152-166 (2014) [C1]
2014Snodgrass SM, Ashby SE, Onyango L, Russell T, Rivett DA, 'Electronic practical skills assessments in the health professions: a review', The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, 12 1-10 (2014) [C1]
2014Snodgrass SJ, Carter AE, Guest M, Collins CE, James C, Kable AK, et al., 'Weight management including dietary and physical activity advice provided by Australian physiotherapists: a pilot cross-sectional survey.', Physiother Theory Pract, 30 409-420 (2014) [C1]
2014Macdonald-Wicks LK, Gallagher LM, Snodgrass SJ, Guest M, James C, Ashby S, et al., 'Difference in perceived knowledge, confidence and attitudes between dietitians and other health professionals in the provision of weight management advice', Nutrition and Dietetics, (2014)
2014Towns E, Ashby S, 'The influence of practice educators on occupational therapy students' understanding of the practical applications of theoretical knowledge: A phenomenological study into student experiences of practice education.', Aust Occup Ther J, (2014)
2013Ashby SE, Ryan S, Gray M, James C, 'Factors that influence the professional resilience of occupational therapists in mental health practice', AUSTRALIAN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY JOURNAL, 60 110-119 (2013) [C1]
2013Lang J, James C, Ashby S, Guest M, Kable A, Collins C, et al., 'The provision of weight management advice: An investigation into occupational therapy practice', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, (2013) [C1]
2012Ashby SE, Fitzgerald M, Raine S, 'The impact of chronic low back pain on leisure participation: Implications for occupational therapy', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75 503-508 (2012) [C1]
2012Ashby SE, James CL, Plotnikoff RC, Collins CE, Guest M, Kable AK, Snodgrass SN, 'Survey of Australian practitioners' provision of healthy lifestyle advice to clients who are obese', Nursing & Health Sciences, 14 189-196 (2012) [C1]
2010Ashby SE, Richards K, James CL, 'The effect of fear of movement on the lives of people with chronic low back pain', International journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 17 232-243 (2010) [C1]

Co-authors: Carole James

2010Ashby SE, Chandler B, 'An exploratory study of the occupation-focused models included in occupational therapy professional education programmes', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 73 616-624 (2010) [C1]
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Conference (12 outputs)

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2014Ashby SE, Ryan S, James C, 'Prioritising Professional Resilience In Mental Health Practice - Introducing the PRIOrity Model', 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Abstracts, Yokahama, Japan (2014) [E3]
2014Ashby SE, Ryan S, James C, 'The influence of psychological theories on occupation-based practices in mental health - A socio-ecological analysis', 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Abstracts, Yokahama, Japan (2014)
2013Lang J, James C, Ashby S, Kable A, Guest M, Snodgrass S, et al., 'An Investigation into Current Occupational Therapy Practice in the Provision of Weight Management Advice', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, Adelaide (2013) [E3]
2013Williamson A, White JH, Ashby S, Sweetapple A, Hambridge J, Pollack M, 'Carers experiences of transitioning to a caring role and experience of participation in a cognitive behavioural therapy group (CBT): A narrative inquiry', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE (2013) [E3]
2013Ashby S, Snodgrass S, Russell T, Rivett DA, 'Using new technology in education - turning osces into e-osces using ipad and specialised software', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, Special Issue: Occupational Therapy Australia, 25th National Conference and Exhibition, 24¿26 July 2013, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide (2013) [E3]
2013James C, Ashby S, Ryan S, Agillias K, 'Developing and Maintaining the professional resilience of occupational therapists in mental health practice', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, Adelaide (2013)
2012Ashby SE, Gray MM, Ryan SE, 'Professional resilience for occupational therapists in psycho-social practice', Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy Conference, Quebec, Canada (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: Mel Gray, Susan Ryan

2011Collins CE, Snodgrass SN, Kable AK, James CL, Ashby SE, Plotnikoff RC, 'The Community Healthy Adults Project: A survey of health professionals knowledge and practice in client weight management', 2011 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) eProceedings, Melbourne, VIC (2011) [E3]
2011Ashby SE, 'Exploring how occupational therapists use theoretical knowledge in mental health practice', COT Annual Conference. Abstracts, Brighton, England (2011) [E3]
2011Ashby SE, 'Exploring the theoretical knowledge used in mental health practice', COT Annual Conference. Abstracts, Brighton, England (2011) [E3]
2010Ashby SE, 'Professional journeys in mental health: developing professional resilience', 2010 World Federation of Occupational Therapists 15th Congress: Sharing the World of Occupation from Latin America, Santiago, Chile (2010) [E3]
2010Ashby SE, 'The theoretical knowledge valued and used by experienced occupational therapists working in mental health practice', 15th World Federation of Occupational Therapists Conference, Santiago, Chile (2010) [E3]
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Report (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Snodgrass S, Russell T, Rivett DA, Ashby S, Studdert C, 'The eOSCE: advancing technology to improve students' learning and assessment reliability', Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT), 38 (2013) [R1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants10
Total funding$366,730

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2014 (1 grants)

Australia and New Zealand Allied Health Practice Education Conference, Southport Australia, 7-10 July 2014$1,156
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Ms Samantha Ashby
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,15620142014
GNo:G1400602

2013 (2 grants)

Using technology to enhance clinical supervision: The Electronically-Facilitated Feedback Initiative (EEFI)$33,322
Funding Body: HETI (Health Education and Training Institute)

Project Team
Doctor Suzanne Snodgrass, Professor Darren Rivett, Ms Samantha Ashby, Ms Catherine Johnston, Mr Kim Nguyen, Dr Trevor Russell
SchemeRole
NSW ICTN Local Project FundInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$33,32220132013
GNo:G1201150

25th Occupational Therapy Australia, Adelaide 24-26 July 2013$1,145
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Ms Samantha Ashby
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,14520132013
GNo:G1300767

2012 (1 grants)

Canadian Associate of Occupational Therapy Annual Conference, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, 6 - 9 June 2012$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Ms Samantha Ashby
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020122012
GNo:G1200418

2011 (2 grants)

Adult lifestyle incentives for vitality and energy (ALIVE): Supporting health professionals to assist clients with weight management through lifestyle changes$20,000
Funding Body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Project Team
Doctor Suzanne Snodgrass, Professor Clare Collins, Doctor Carole James, Associate Professor Ashley Kable, Doctor Maya Guest, Ms Samantha Ashby, Professor Ronald Plotnikoff, Doctor Patrick McElduff
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20,00020112011
GNo:G1001025

College of Occupational Therapists 35th Annual Conferences and Exhibition, Brighton, Sussex, UK, 29/6/2011 - 1/7/2011$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Ms Samantha Ashby
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020112011
GNo:G1100357

2010 (2 grants)

The eOSCE: Advancing technology to improve students learning and assessment reliability$220,000
Funding Body: Australian Learning and Teaching Council

Project Team
Doctor Suzanne Snodgrass, Professor Darren Rivett, Doctor Imelda Burgman, Ms Samantha Ashby
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$220,00020102011
GNo:G1000787

ERF Teaching Relief - Ashby, Findlay and MacDonald-Wicks.$82,082
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Darren Rivett, Ms Samantha Ashby, Doctor Naomi Findlay, Doctor Lesley MacDonald-Wicks
SchemeRole
Equity Research FellowshipInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$82,08220102010
GNo:G0900097

2008 (1 grants)

Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference & Exhibition 2008, Melbourne, 11/9/2008 - 13/9/2008$1,025
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Ms Samantha Ashby
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,02520082008
GNo:G0189321

2007 (1 grants)

New Staff Grant 2007$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Ms Samantha Ashby
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020072007
GNo:G0187832
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.15

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142020PhD (Occupational Therapy)Co-SupervisorAn Investigation into Mental Health Consumers' Experience of Participation in a Community Soccer Program
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Ms Samantha Ashby

Work Phone(02) 4921 6341
Fax(02) 4921 7053
Email
PositionLecturer
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaOccupational Therapy
Office
HA54A,
Hunter Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/samantha-ashby