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Miriam Noonan

PhD student

 Knowledge Spa Research Office 4


University of Exeter Medical School, Knowledge Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, TR1 3HD


Miriam graduated from University College Cork, Ireland in 2007. Over the past nine years Miriam has been working in the Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland as a Staff Grade and Senior Occupational Therapist. Miriam was involved with the establishment of two occupational therapy services in the West of Ireland. A vocational rehabilitation service for individuals with Arthritis and a Mental Health Rehabilitation service for individuals with severe and enduring mental illness.

Primary research interests include: mental health, occupational engagement, self-management, chronic illness management and recovery orientated practices in Mental Health services.


Research interests

Clinical research includes the following:

  • Examining the impact of an occupational therapy service in a locked male ward in acute adult Psychiatry
  • Irish occupational therapists experiences of using a self-management tool; the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) with clients in Community Mental Health services
  • Recovery Through Activity – a pilot project exploring an occupation based group to promote recovery amongst clients with severe and enduring mental illness in a rural town in the West of Ireland
  • Exploring the use of a concordance assessment to promote goal setting and activate change through motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioural therapy with a client diagnosed with Schizophrenia: a case study. 


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