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PhD, MA, MSc, BSc Occupational Therapy
After qualifying as an occupational therapist in 1988, I worked in a wide range of acute and rehabilitation settings in the UK, Australia, and South Africa.
Acquired brain injury has been my main passion for many years. Consequently, I have worked predominately in the field of traumatic brain injury and stroke. Inspired to undertake further study in 1996, I completed an MSc in Neurorehabilitation with a dissertation that examined executive dysfunction following traumatic brain injury in 1996. Wishing to explore the wider context of the psychological and behavioural impact of brain injury culminated in a MA in Psychotherapy and a Psychology PhD. After working as a head occupational therapist and neurology lecturer, I now work as a care and occupational therapy expert and specialist neurological occupational therapist.
I have worked as a medico-legal consultant expert for Somek & Associates since 2001, undertaking hundreds of care and OT assessments for both claimants and defendants. My case work involves the detailed assessment of clients with neurological, physical, or psychological problems, such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, and functional neurological disorders. Much of my work revolves around complicated personal injury and clinical negligence cases that have aggravating factors.
I have completed a wide range of medico-legal training programmes; have experience giving oral evidence in court; and operate strictly under the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to expert witnesses.