OT References


Boyle, M. (2014). Occupatonal performance and self-determination: The role of the occupational therapist as volunteer in two mountain communities. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 61 (1), 6 - 12.

Maroney, P., Potter, M., &  Thacore, V. R. (2014). Experiences in occupational therapy with Afghan clients in Australia. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 61 (1), 13 - 19.

Morville, A. (2014). Daily Occupations among asylum seekers - Experience, performance and participation. Medical Faculty, Lund University.

Morville, A-L., Amris, K., Eklund, M., Danneskiold-Samsøe, B., Erlandsson, L-K. (2014). A longitudinal study of change in asylum seekers Activities of Daily Living ability while in asylum centre. Journal of Immigration and Minority Health, early on line DOI 10.1007/s10903-014-0004-0

Smith, Y. J., Cornella, E., & Williams, N. (2014). Working with populations from a refugee background: An opportunitiy to enhance the occupational therapy educational experience. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 61 (1), 20 - 31.


Adrian, A. (2013). An Exploration of Lutheran Music-Making among US Immigrant and Refugee Populations. Journal of Occupational Science, 20 (2), 160 - 172.

AlHeresh, R., Bryant, W., & Holm, M. (2013). Community-based rehabilitation in Jordan: challenges to achieving occupational justice. Disability and Rehabilitation, 35 (21), 1848 - 1852.

Bishop, R., Purcell, E. (2013). The value of an allotment group for refugees. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76 (6), 264-269.

Driver, C., Beltrran, R. O. (2010). Impact of refugee trauma on children’s role as school students. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 45 (1), 23-38. Critical Appraisal (forthcoming) by OOFRAS members Yolande Halls and Jenna Cera

Eklund, M., & Morville, A. L. (2013). Psychometric evaluation of the Danish version of Satisfaction with Daily Occupations (SDO). Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 21 (3), 166 - 171.

Gupta, J. & Sullivan, C. (2013). The Central Role of Occupation in the Doing, Being and Belonging of Immigrant Women. Journal of Occupational Science, 20 (1), 23 - 35.

Huot, S., Rudman, D. L., Dodson, B., & Magalhães, L. (2013). Expanding Policy-Based Conceptualizations of ‘Successful Integration’: Negotiating Integration through Occupation following International Migration. Journal of Occupational Science, 20 (1), 6 - 22.

Kerwin, S. (2013). "A reluctant Odysseus” An auto-ethnographic exploration of working with asylum seekers living in direct provision. Unpublished Masters Thesis, University of Limerick.

Morville, A. & Erlandsson, L.(2013) The Experience of Occupational Deprivation in an Asylum Centre: The Narratives of Three Men. Journal of Occupational Science, 20 (3), 212-223. *

Smith, Y. J. (2013). We All Bantu – We Have Each Other: Preservation of Social Capital Strengths during Forced Migration. Journal of Occupational Science, 20 (2),173 -184. 

Smith, Y. J., Cornella, E. and Williams, N. (2013), Working with populations from a refugee background: An opportunity to enhance the occupational therapy educational experience. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. doi: 10.1111/1440-1630.12037

Stephenson, S. M., Smith, Y. J., Gibson, M., & Watson, V. (2013). Traditional Weaving as an Occupation of Karen Refugee Women. Journal of Occupational Science, 20 (3), 224 - 235.

Whiteford, G., Suleman, A. (2013). Understanding Occupational Transitions in Forced Migration: The Importance of Life Skills in Early Refugee Resettlement. Journal of Occuaptional Science, 20 (2), 201-210. Critical Appraisal (forthcoming) by OOFRAS member Sameera Suleman.

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Bennett, K. M., Scornaiencki, J. M., Brzozowski, J., Denis, S., Magalhaes, L. (2012). Immigration and its Impact on Daily Occupations: A Scoping Review. Occupational Therapy International, 19 (4), 185–203.

Hocking, C. (2012). Working for citizenship: The dangers of occupational deprivation. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, 41 (4), 391-395.

Lunden, E. (2012). Refugee Resettlement through the Lens of Occupational Therapy, Thesis University of Puget Sound.

Mansha, M. (2012) Occupational Upheaval During Resettlement and Migration: Findings of Global Ethnography With Refugees With Disabilities. OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health, 32 (1), S6 - S14.

Mansha, M., & Heinemann, A. (2012). Service needs and service gaps among refugees with disabilities resettled in the United States. Disability and Rehabilitation, 34 (7), 542-552.
McElroy, T., Muyinda, H., Atimde, S., Spittal, P., & Backman, C. (2012). War, Displacement and Productive Occupations in Northern Uganda. Journal of Occupational Science, 19 (3), 198 - 212.
Smith, Y. (2012). Resettlement of Somali Bantu Refugees in an Era of Economic Globalization. Journal of Refugee Studies, doi:10.1093/jrs/fes039
Werge-Olsen, I. B., & Kjersti, V. (2012). Activity as a tool in language training for immigrants and refugees. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 19 (6), 530-541 *

World Federation of Occupational Therapists (2006) Position Paper on Human Displacement.


Copley, J., Turpin, M., Gordon, S., & McLaren, C. (2011).Development and evaluation of an occupational therapy program for refugee high school students. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 58 (4), 310-316.

Heigl, F., Kinébanian, A., & Josephsson, S. (2011). I think of my family, therefore I am: Perceptions of daily occupations of some Albanians in Switzerland. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 18 (21), 36 - 48.

Mangazva, V. (2011). "I was traumatised and yet this is another trauma": Exploring the resettlement challenges facing "female headed-households" settling in Western Australia from Africa 2001-2006 M.Phil. Thesis, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, Curtin University.

Mansha, M. (2011). Disability and Humanitarianism in Refugee Camps: the case for a travelling supranational disability praxis. Third World Quarterly, 32 (8), 1527-1536.


Burchett, N. & Matheson, R. (2010). The need for belonging: The impact of restrictions on working on the well‐being of an asylum seeker. Journal of Occupational Science, 17 (2), 85 - 91.

Campbell, E. J., & Turpin, M. (2010). Refugee settlement workers perspectives on home safety issues for people from refugee backgrounds. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 57 (6), 425-430.

Horghagena, S. & Josephssonb, S. (2010). Theatre as liberation, collaboration and relationship for asylum seekers. Journal of Occupational Science, 17 (3), 168 - 176.

Rambeau, N. (2010). The Effects of Trauma-Related Occupational Deprivation on Adolescent Refugees. Emerging Practice, CATs. Paper 3.

Stickley, A. & Stickley, T. (2010). A holistic model for the rehabilitation and recovery of internally displaced people in war-torn Uganda. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 73 (7), 335 - 338.


Davies, R. (2008). Working with refugees and asylum seekers. In Pollard, N., Sakellariou, D., Kronenberg, F., & van Bruggen, H. (Eds.), A political practice of occupational therapy (pp. 183-190). Edinburgh: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.

Mitchell, A. (2008). Reflections on working with south Sudanese refugees in settlement and capacity building in regional Australia. In Pollard, N., Sakellariou, D., Kronenberg, F., & van Bruggen, H. (Eds.), A political practice of occupational therapy (pp. 197-206). Edinburgh: Elsevier.

Steindla, C., Windingb, K., & Rungec, U. (2008). Occupation and participation in everyday life: Women's experiences of an Austrian refugee camp. Journal of Occupational Science, 15 (1), 36 - 42.

Wilson, C. (2008). Illustrating occupational needs of refugees. In Pollard, N., Sakellariou, D., Kronenberg, F., & van Bruggen, H. (Eds.), A political practice of occupational therapy (pp. 191-196). Edinburgh: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.


World Federation of Occupational Therapists (2006) Position Paper on Human Rights.


Smith, H. C. (2005). Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway': Meeting the Occupational Needs of Refugees and People Seeking Asylum. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68 (10), 474 - 476.

Whiteford, G. (2005). Understanding the occupational deprivation of refugees: A case study from Kosovo. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72 (2), 78-88.


Connor, S.A.M., & Polatajko, H. (2002). The individual as mediator of the person-occupation-environment interaction: Learning from the experience of refugees. Journal of Occuaptional Science, 9 (2), 82 - 92.


Driver, C., & Beltran, R.O. (1998). Impact of refugee trauma on children’s occupational role as school students. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 45, 23-38


Algado, S. S., Gregori, J. M. R., & Egan, M. (1997). Spirituality in a refugee camp. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64 (3), 138-145.

Kwai-Sang Yau., M. (1997). The impact of refugee resettlement on Southeast Asian adolescents and young adults: Implications for occupational therapists. Occupational Therapy International, 4 (1), 1-16.

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