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Research Fellow awarded highest honour from her profession

Professor Chris Mayers, a Research Fellow at York St John University, has been made a Fellow of the College of Occupational Therapists (COT), the highest honour that the COT can bestow on one of its professional members.

The award recognises the outstanding contribution Chris has made to the profession over many years. She has been in occupational therapy practice, education and research for more than 40 years. Chris joined York St John in 1984 and has helped educate over 2,000 occupational therapy students in Dublin and York since qualification.

In response to her award, Professor Mayers said:

"I am thrilled and honoured to receive this award, a very special highlight in my professional career. It has been a great privilege to help enable people to improve their quality of life and also to enthuse students and practitioners in the UK and Europe. I have spent 26 very enjoyable, positive years at York St John, having many different roles...but always as an occupational therapist."

Chris’ research activity is practice orientated, with the theme of person-centred practice being central to this. The Mayers’ Lifestyle Questionnaires (1), (2) and (3) are used throughout Europe and have been translated into a number of different languages. These tools enable clients to identify their quality of life priorities at the beginning of intervention. Chris has also helped to develop a working definition of spirituality, which is used by practitioners to meet the spiritual needs of clients in relation to meaningful occupation.

In addition to her work in the UK, Chris has mentored occupational therapists in Europe as they undertake postgraduate programmes. She is a founder member of the European Cooperation in OT research and Occupational Science (ECOTROS), which now has more than 300 members. Two intensive programmes have been initiated by ECOTROS and were hosted at York St John University in 2008 and 2009. Chris has been involved in ERASMUS activity at University College, Oslo, for 10 years and served as an external examiner for undergraduate, MSc and PhD students for many years.

For further information please contact Amy Hall, PR & Communications Officer on T: 01904 876466 or E: a.hall@yorksj.ac.uk


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