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Academic Biography

Claire Hart is a Principal Lecturer (Research and Innovation) at Teesside University. She qualified in 1991 and has worked in a number of adult mental health services across the North East of England.

In 1999 she completed a master's in counselling and joined the occupational therapy teaching team to deliver on aspects of mental health, communication and professional development.

In addition to her work at the University she is employed part time as a psychological therapist for Alliance Psychological Services, working, until recently, in a specialist service for refugees. She continues to work with complex mental health needs as well as providing supervision for therapists and training on mental health and refugee issues.

Claire has spoken at national and international conferences, has published a number of feature and opinion articles and has been an invited speaker providing workshops to large staff groups and other universities. She has delivered on subjects such as refugee mental health, cultural competency, psychological trauma and other issues related to therapy, and has been involved in steering and advisory groups locally and internationally on race equality in mental health, occupational rights and the mental well being of refugees.

Claire’s PhD research was a qualitative, phenomenological study intended as an exploration of the meaning of occupation for people who have sought asylum in the United Kingdom. The study was undertaken to illuminate the experiences people have of occupation before, during and after the asylum process to identify barriers and opportunities which influence well-being.

She is part of a local study exploring the provision of mental health services to refugees and people seeking asylum in the South Tees area.  This study aims to consider provision from the perspective of service user and service provider, considering primary, secondary and third sector support.  Through this study it is hoped that we can establish 'best practice' and understand the most appropriate interventions for this population of clients. 

Summary of Research Interests

Claire is interested in research relating to the well-being and mental health of refugees and people seeking asylum.  She is interested in linking occupation and well-being, particualrly looking at occupaiotns with a dark side and those with 'higher purpose'

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Teesside University

31 Oct 201131 Oct 2019

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Research Output 2005 2018

  • 6 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Other contribution
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis
Open Access
everyday experience
asylum seeker
54 Downloads (Pure)

Finding purpose through altruism: The potential of ‘doing for others’ during asylum

Hart, H., 11 Sep 2017, In : Journal of Occupational Science. p. -

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
occupational choice
career prospect

Austerity and the rise of hostility towards marginalized groups

Smith, C., 2016, Occupational Therapies Without Borders: integrating justice with practice. Pollard, N. & Sakellariou, D. (eds.). 2nd ed. Edinburgh: Elsevier

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearch

4 Citations (Scopus)

An exploration of the meaning of occupation to People who Seek asylum In the United Kingdom

Smith, H. C., 1 Oct 2015, In : British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 78, 10, p. 614-621 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
United Kingdom


Keeping busy with purpose: Virtuous occupations as a means of expressing worth during asylum

Author: Hart, H., 30 Apr 2018

Supervisor: Hannis, D. (Supervisor), Costello, S. (Supervisor), Cleary, S. (Supervisor) & Armstrong, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis