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Ms Jou Yin Teoh

Ms Jou Yin Teoh
Lecturer (Education) in Occupational Therapy


I am Lecturer in the Occupational Therapy Division (also known as the London School of Occupational Therapy, est. 1934) in Brunel Univesity London (BUL). I believe the training of healthcare professionals from diverse backgrounds representing all walks of life is a public health intervention and a necessary part of enabling just, equitable and inclusive health and well-being for all; and that the omission of, or inadequate support for, the development of cultural and structural resposiveness in health professions education would be doing our future health professionals and their clients a grave disservice.

My currently ongoing PhD examines how learning in superdiverse environments contributes towards the development of conviviality and critical interculturality (cultural and structural responsiveness) in the praxis of future healthcare professionals (occupational therapists). This project is funded by BUL and the Elizabeth Casson Trust, under the supervision of Dr Adrienne Milner (Division of Public Health), Dr Geeta Ludhra (Dept of Education), and Dr Michael Iwama (Duke University, USA). 

My work in higher education is focused on empowering future health professionals to engage in courageous conversations, be co-conspirators and to disrupt / repair health and social inequities. In recognition of the value of these efforts against the backdrop of the 'double pandemic' of COVID-19 and systemic racism in 2020 / 2021, I was awarded *both* BUL's highest honours for exceptional contribution to teaching and student experience: the Ken Darby-Dowman Memorial Prize and highest score for the Brunel Union of Students Student-Led Awards. Prior to my current appointment, I worked at Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College as a Lecturer and Professional Lead of Occupational Therapy - where I was the first woman of minoritized ethnoreligious background to hold this position in the history of Malaysian Higher Education.

Pre-academia, I was an entrepreneur with a special interest in social innovation for public health; particularly in the integration of digital and community-centred approaches to build and run systems that contribute towards addressing disparities that affect health and well-being. My work as an occupational therapy / public health practitioner has been primarily focused in Malaysia, and has included facilitating strategic leadership and operations management for the Malaysian Health Coalition COVID-19 health crisis communications, as well as workplace health and well-being interventions to address adult obesity, mental health and other non-communicable chronic conditions. My Malaysian experiences have equipped me with the knowledge and skills needed to develop and deliver culturally and structurally responsive services to diverse South, East and South East Asian populations. Since moving to the UK, my work has become increasingly influenced by anti-colonial, trauma-informed / healing engaged approaches to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) practices.

My graduate student research supervision utilises a range of qualitative methods including the critical incident technique, netnography and the Kawa Model to examine how health professionals, primarily occupational therapists, engage with the digital (e.g. virtual communities, social media, online therapy) for learning, professional, and therapeutic purposes.

I am an editorial board member for the following peer-reviewed academic journals: the Phillipine Journal of Allied Health SciencesNeuroscience Research Notes and Sports & Health Research Notes. I am also a Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE).


MSc (Distinction) Medical Education, Cardiff University - British Chevening scholar

Bachelor in Occupational Therapy, National University of Malaysia / Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia


Lead, Racial And Cultural Equity (RACE) Working Group | Digital Accessibility Champion | Divisional Representative on CHMLS EDI Committee

JEDI efforts at divisional level form a significant part of my responsibilities, with a primary focus on race and culture as well as digital accessibility for staff and students. Our Racial and Cultural Equity (RACE) working group is a collaborative effort between occupational therapy students and academic staff aligned with the greater goal of facilitating inclusion for all. Our efforts involve the application of an intersectional approach to anti-oppression which also takes into account the effects of race and culture on disability, neurodiversity, gender, class, sexual orientation, religion, as well as language.

Year Lead - FHEQ Level 4

I am responsible for supporting first-year BSc Occupational Therapy students' early-stage transitions into the world of occupational therapy / healthcare.

Study Block Lead

HH1705 (BSc) Human Sciences [anatomy / physiology / psychology / sociology]

OT5706 (MSc) Occupational Therapy Practice in Context [evidence-based practice / global public health]

OT5708 (MSc) Lifestyle Redesign [global public health / health promotion]

OT5712 (MSc) People and Communities [global / public / population health]

Assessment Block Lead

HH1813 (BSc) Reasoning as an Occupational Therapist [assessment for HH1705 and related study blocks]

OT5803 (MSc) The Context of Occupational Therapy Provision

Newest selected publications


Conference paper

Teoh, JY. (2021) 'How occupational therapy practitioners use virtual communities on the Facebook social media platform for professional learning: A critical incident study'. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy. pp. 1 - 12. ISSN: 1103-8128 Open Access Link

Journal article

Teoh, JY. (2021) 'Population-level public mental health intervention via interdisciplinary COVID-19 health crisis communication: how can occupational therapists contribute?'. World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin, 77 (1). pp. 1 - 6. ISSN: 1447-3828

Journal article

Teoh, JY. and Lim, KH. (2019) 'Research beyond biomedical confines: towards better mental health and well-being for all'. Neuroscience Research Notes, 2 (4). pp. 1 - 4.Open Access Link

Journal article
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