Mary Archer

Mary Archer

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

School of Allied Health and Community

Department of Allied Health

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Mary has over ten years’ experience working in the NHS. She began her career working in an acute rotational post, which gave her a good foundation for her OT career.

She gained experience of working within stroke rehab, oncology, surgical and general medicine.

In 2014 Mary entered into a specialist Occupational Therapy role, providing assessment and provision of assistive technology for people with severe physical disabilities and/or communication difficulties. 


First Class BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

HEA Associate Fellowship

Teaching Interests

Within the NHS Mary has had the opportunity to design and deliver training courses in the areas of computer access, environmental control systems and voice and message banking.

At the university, Mary is working within the placement team to help prepare students for going out into practice, as well as delivering training to Practice Educators.

Research Interests

Mary’s area of interest has been around Occupational Therapists’ role in bridging the digital divide by supporting people with physical impairments to access everyday technology, in particular computers, tablets and mobile phones.  

Membership of Professional Bodies

Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Health and Care Professions Council

Recent Publications

Occupational Therapists leading the way in bridging the digital divide. Occupational Therapy news June 2018

Enabling people to use electronic technology; the missing part of every Occupational Therapists’ ADL assessment? RCOT conference 2017

What is the role of the Occupational Therapist in assisting adults who are losing speech? Communication Matters conference 2018

A journey to regaining autonomy and control after acquired brain injury: A parallel pathways approach. Communication Matters conference 2018

Voice or message banking? A client’s perspective. Communication Matters conference 2018