Rebecca Swenson

Rebecca Swenson

Lecturer

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    020 7815 6795
  • School/Division:
    Health and Social Care / Social Sciences
 

Rebecca joined London South Bank University (LSBU) in 2017 as a lecturer in Occupational Therapy within the School of Health and Social Care.

Rebecca previously taught on the Occupational Therapy programme at Brunel University London. She has worked mainly in NHS acute in-patient settings and has clinical experience in the areas of orthopaedics, elderly care and acute surgical rehabilitation.

Rebecca is an alumnus of LSBU, where she was awarded her MSc Occupational Therapy. She also has a Master’s degree in Gender and Sexuality. Rebecca’s research interests are in the areas of gender, sexuality and identity. She is currently undertaking her PhD which is exploring the relationship between occupational engagement and identity expression for those who define as transgender, non-binary or gender queer.

Rebecca’s teaching involves applying theory to practice and she teaches across MSc and BSc modules. This has included teaching on occupation science, older people and practical skills. She has experience in supervising dissertations and research projects at Master’s level.

Rebecca has taught extensively on the areas of gender and sexuality in relation to clinical practice and occupational identity. Whilst in clinical practice she supervised newly qualified occupational therapists, supporting them in their transition from student to practitioner.

Rebecca’s research interests are in the areas of gender and sexuality in relation to identity. She is currently undertaking her PhD which is exploring the relationship between occupational engagement and identity expression for those who define as transgender, non-binary or gender queer. The research, which has been awarded funding from the UK Occupational Therapy Research Foundation, is employing qualitative methodology.  

Rebecca has previously undertaken research, using a mixed methods approach, into the representation of gay women’s identity. This project was awarded the British Psychological Society, Psychology of Women’s Section postgraduate prize.

  • Registered with the Health Care Professions Council as an occupational therapist.
  • Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists.
 
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