Selena Goodchild

Senior Lecturer
School of Health and Social Care
 Selena Goodchild
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Selena Goodchild Divisional Lead for Occupational Therapy I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2003 from Brunel University. Since qualifying, my clinical experiences have been within the NHS in the South East of England and East Anglia, in a variety of settings, including inpatient orthopaedics, intermediate care, A&E and Hand Therapy. My clinical interests remain in hand therapy and Accident and Emergency, and the importance of working holistically within such predominantly medically oriented areas of practice. In 2009 I joined the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Essex as a Lecturer in Occupational Therapy. Since 2014 I have been the BSc admissions tutor, in September 2017 I became the BSc (Hons) Full time Occupational Therapy Programme Lead and in September 2020 I became the Divisional Lead for the Occupational Therapy Programme. Within this educational role my focus is on activity/occupational analysis, Occupational Science and Public Health. I completed my Masters in Public Health in 2015, focusing on the link between the occupations people engage in and their long term health outcomes and in particular the education and employment opportunities available to offenders. In education and research I have interests in social determinants of health, and, the impact of the choices people make and the occupations they engage in on their life course and health outcomes. Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy Brunel University London, (2003)

  • Post-graduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice University of Essex,

  • Masters in Public Health University of Essex,


Other academic

  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex (2/2/2009 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Football as an intervention for young people with Learning Disabilities

The link between occupation and health promotion

Social inequalities and youth offenders

Conferences and presentations

Presentation on the KAWA River model at the Eastern Region College of Occupational Therapy study day

Occupational Science workshop presented to a range of Occupational Therapists

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Professional and Interprofessional Skills for Practice (HS140)

  • Informing Sciences (HS173)

  • Concepts of Therapy (HS176)

  • Professional Enquiry (HS240)

  • Professional Reasoning (HS272)

  • Developing Professional Skills: Therapy and Occupation (HS274)

  • Collaboration and Leadership in Service Enhancement (HS276)

  • Professional Enquiry Proposal (HS340)

  • Advancing Occupational Therapy Practice in Diverse Communities (HS371)

  • Becoming a Professional: Professional Skills (HS372)

  • Autonomous Practitioner (Occupational Therapy) (HS374)

  • Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours Portfolio 2 (HS708)

  • Advancing Occupational Therapy practice in Diverse Communities (HS807)

  • Becoming a Professional: Professional Skills (HS808)

  • Foundations for Occupational Therapy (HS892)

  • Advancing Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy (HS894)

  • Autonomous Practitioner (Occupational Therapy) (HS809)

  • Collaboration and Leadership in Service Enhancement (HS806)

Previous supervision

Sarah Irene Wallace
Sarah Irene Wallace
Thesis title: A Mixed Methods Evaluation of Involvement in a Football Team on Psychological Wellbeing in People with Learning Disabilities
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 18/1/2021

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