2020 applicants

Dr Anna Pettican

Senior Research Officer
School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences
Dr Anna Pettican



I am an occupational therapist with practice and research interests in working with marginalised groups (the seldom heard - such as disabled people and those with experience of mental distress), occupational injustices, health inequalities and physical (in)activity. I have a particular interest in participatory methodologies. My current academic appointment is as the post-doctoral researcher on the Essex Local Delivery Pilot (LDP) Evaluation Study. I combine my academic work with working as an occupational therapist at Sport for Confidence, a social enterprise that addresses physical inactivity and health inequalities by placing health professionals and specialist sports coaches into leisure centres, to make them more accessible and inclusive. You can find out more about Sport for Confidence and the Essex Local Delivery Pilot via the web links below. https://www.sportforconfidence.com/ https://www.activeessex.org/essex-local-delivery-pilot/


  • PhD Occupational Therapy University of Essex, (2019)

  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice University of Essex, (2011)

  • MSc Occupational Therapy (Distinction) Brunel University, (2008)

  • BSc(Hons) Occupational Therapy (2:1) Coventry University, (2003)


University of Essex

  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy (temporary cover post), School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex (1/11/2018 - 31/7/2019)

  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Social Sciences, University of Essex (1/11/2009 - 1/7/2017)


Book chapters (1)

Bryant, W., Pettican, AR. and Coetzee, S., (2016). Designing Participatory Action Research To Relocate Margins, Borders and Centres. In: Occupational Therapies Without Borders Integrating Justice with Practice. Editors: Sakellariou, D. and Pollard, N., . Elsevier. 73- 73. 070205920X. 9780702059209


+44 (0) 1206 872598


ESA.3.25, Colchester Campus

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