I have practised as an occupational therapist for over 25 years. Early in my career I combined interests in mental health and vocational rehabilitation. I worked in mental health services with adults, children, young people and families in various hospital and community settings. I have specialist knowledge in assessment and interventions with people with short term and chronic illnesses, including anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders, substance misuse, psychosis and schizophrenia. I use an occupation-focussed approach to help develop skills for living. My experience includes advising on school, college, workplace and home accommodations.

A love of learning has seen me add to my knowledge and skills through further study and research over the years. I have taught in Higher Education and doctoral studies resulted in the publication of Occupational Therapy and Vocational Rehabilitation (Wiley 2008), along with national and international presentations. I continue to be involved in local research activity.

In recent years, I have also undertaken various consultancy assignments and have valued the opportunity to help shape and improve the design and delivery of local services. 

My interests took a different turn six years ago when my child was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. During our rollercoaster ride I have sought out tools and techniques to positively support growth and development. Sensory integration techniques and environmental structuring have helped us understand this complex condition. As a parent, I have learnt to recognise each small success as a reason for quiet celebration. As a professional, I have extended my learning and experience to ‘in the mix’ conditions, including ADHD and dyspraxia. I am an Integrated Listening Systems practitioner and a certified COGMED coach.

As an independent occupational therapist I am able to make a difference. Through specialist advice, individual and group therapies, educational workshops and consultancy activities I offer help, hope and support to parents, individuals, other professionals, employers and organisations when they need it.


  • BSc(Hons) in Occupational Therapy, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa 1987
  • MSc in the Advanced Practice of Occupational Therapy, University of Exeter, 1997
  • PhD in Allied Health Professions Studies, University of Kent, 2008

Professional registration and memberships

  • Registered with the Health Professions Council no. OT18253 www.hpc-uk.org
  • Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists
  • Member of College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section for Occupational Therapists in Independent Practice www.cotss-ip.org.uk
  • Member of the Sensory Integration Network
  • Member of the Federation of Small Businesses
  • Enhanced CRB disclosure no: 0011862589811

Dr Joanne Ross