Ms Jackie Fox

B.Sc. M.Sc.

Contact Details

Lecturer Below The Bar
Occupational Therapy
Discipline of Occupational Therapy
School of Health Sciences
Aras Moyola
National University of Ireland, Galway

T: (00353)91 495021
F: (00353)91 495540


I qualified as an occupational therapist from Trinity College, Dublin in 2003, and worked in various fields of mental health until 2010. I worked for the HSE, on community mental health teams and in inpatient units, carrying out a wide variety of occupational therapy assessments and interventions. I worked for an assertive outreach team with high-risk individuals for the Department of Corrections, British Columbia, Canada, for 18 months also.

I joined the National University of Ireland in 2010 as the practice education coordinator for the Discipline of Occupational Therapy, where I had responsibility for arranging clinical placements for occupational therapy students, and assisting clinical educators with the assessment of competency of the students on their clinical placements. 

I moved to the post of lecturer below the bar in the Discipline of Occupational Therapy in August 2012. I currently teach Mental Health and Group-work to occupational therapy students. I also contribute to teaching on various modules relating to occupational therapy theory and practice, and supervise undergraduate research.

Research Interests

I completed my MSc in Occupational Therapy from Trinity College Dublin in 2010. My research was titled: "The Meaning of Social Activism to Older Adults in Ireland". I explored the meaning of activities like protest and activism to older adults, particularly those who had taken part in the "medical card protests" in Dublin in 2008. I was particularly interested in their motivations for participating in this activity, the benefits of the activity to them, and the challenges involved in being an older activist.

My current research interests include;

 -  mental health, particularly the impact of mental health difficulties on occupational performance and participation, and the exploration of evidence-based, occupation-focused interventions for mental health occupational therapists. This may include researching the efficacy of mental health occupational therapy interventions to strengthen the evidence base for the field.

- anxiety and depression, particularly the relationship with occupation, the social/economic/political/cultural issues and the exploration of potential therapeutic approaches for mental health occupational therapists

- occupational science and the wider exploration of human participation in meaningful activity

- exploration of occupation in the wider context e.g. modern life, work, society, relationship with health and wellbeing, and participation in unusual and emerging occupations

I am completing my PhD on the topic of Occupational Therapy Interventions for Individuals with Anxiety Disorders. A systematic review will be followed by a study involving the rolling out of an evidence-based intervention in the Irish context.

I currently supervise undergraduate research projects and am happy to be contacted by undergraduate students studying occupational therapy to discuss their research ideas   

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2014) 'Development of a competency-based assessment form for occupational therapy practice education in two Irish universities'
Spirtos, Michelle; McCormack, Cathy; Fox, Jackie (2014) 'Development of a competency-based assessment form for occupational therapy practice education in two Irish universities'. The Irish Journal Of Occupational Therapy, 42 (1):44-48 [Details]
(2014) 'Knowledge and attitudes of Irish Occupational Therapists towards recovery'
Tolan, Sinead; Fox, Jackie; Gallagher, Aideen (2014) 'Knowledge and attitudes of Irish Occupational Therapists towards recovery'. Irish Journal Of Occupational Therapy, 42 (1):22-29 [Details]
(2012) 'The Meaning of Social Activism to Older Adults in Ireland'
Jackie Fox & Sarah Quinn (2012) 'The Meaning of Social Activism to Older Adults in Ireland'. Journal of Occupational Science, 19 (4):358-370 [DOI] [Details]

Conference Poster

  Year Publication
(2013) Development of a Competency-Based Assessment Form for Occupational Therapy Practice Education.
Michelle Spirtos, Jackie Fox, Cathy McCormack (2013) Development of a Competency-Based Assessment Form for Occupational Therapy Practice Education. Conference Poster [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Member /


  Employer Position From / To
Vancouver Coastal Health/British Columbia Department of Corrections Occupational Therapist 31-OCT-05 / 08-DEC-06
Health Services Executive, Dublin North West Mental Health Services Senior Occupational Therapist 02-JUL-07 / 02-JUL-10
Health Services Executive, Roscommon Mental Health Services Staff Grade Occupational Therapist 14-JUL-03 / 05-AUG-05


  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2003 Trinity College Dublin BSc Occupational Therapy
2010 Trinity College Dublin Msc Occupational Therapy

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
2012-2013 Mental Health 1 This module provides an introduction to mental health conditions and the work of an occupational therapist in the area of mental health
2012-2013 Mental Health 2 This module continues to develop mental health occupational therapy skills and works through case examples to teach theory and practice skills
2012-2013 Groupwork and Professional Skills This module teaches students the principles of group dynamics and how to facilitate therapeutic groups
2012-2013 Principles for Practice/Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy 1 These two subjects provide an introduction to the philosophy of occupational therapy, and the theory and practice of the profession