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I joined London South Bank University (LSBU) in 2017 having previously taught on the Occupational Therapy programme at Brunel University London. Prior to this I worked in NHS acute in-patient settings and have clinical experience in the areas of orthopaedics, elderly care and acute surgical rehabilitation.
I am also an alumnus of LSBU, where I was awarded an MSc Occupational Therapy. I also have a Master’s degree in Gender and Sexuality from Birkbeck College.
My research interests are in the areas of gender and sexuality in relation to identity. As part of my PhD I undertook research into the
relationship between occupational engagement and identity expression for those who define as transgender, non-binary or gender queer.
I have also 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.
Occupational Therapy - BSc (Hons)
Occupational Therapy (pre-registration mode) - MSc
Nottingham Trent University
London South Bank University
I coordinate the research group of this international group of academics and occupational therapists.
Doing gender and being gendered through occupation: Transgender and non-binary experiences
Swenson, R., Alldred, P. and Nicholls, L. (2021). Doing gender and being gendered through occupation: Transgender and non-binary experiences. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1177/03080226211034422
Transgender Experiences of Occupation and the Environment: A Scoping Review
Dowers, E, White, C, Kingsley, J and Swenson, R (2019). Transgender Experiences of Occupation and the Environment: A Scoping Review. Journal of Occupational Science. 26 (4), pp. 496-510. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2018.1561382