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Dr Leonie Boland

Honorary Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)

Biography

Biography

I am an Honorary Lecturer in Occupational Therapy with the School of Health Professions, University of Plymouth. I work as a Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist in Homelessness and Mental Health with Programme for the Homeless, a specialist mental health team for people experiencing homelessness in Dublin, Ireland.

My PhD research, completed in 2018 and supported by the Catherine Mounter Legacy Scholarship, explored from an occupational perspective the transitions individuals make from using homelessness services to sustaining a tenancy. 

I am particularly interested in the process of leaving homelessness and the experiences of becoming settled and integrated into one's community. My current research projects include a peer research project exploring volunteering for people with experience of homelessness, an occupational perspective of community integration following homelessness and a scoping review on functional cognition for individuals experiencing homelessness.


Qualifications

PhD University of Plymouth
M.Sc. Occupational Therapy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
B.Sc. Occupational Therapy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Professional membership

CORU - Health & Social Care Professionals Council
Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI)
World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Roles on external bodies

Chair of the AOTI (Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland) Occupational Therapy in Homelessness Advisory Group.

Teaching

Teaching

Teaching interests

Homelessness, occupational justice, mental health

Research

Research

Research interests

My research interests include homelessness, tenancy sustainment, occupational justice, mental health, qualitative methodologies including participatory methods.

Publications

Publications

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Journals

Boland, L and Cunningham, M (in press) Homelessness: Critical reflections and observations from an occupational perspective. Journal of Occupational Science, accepted 17/07/18. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2018.1512006

Boland, L, Bannigan, K; Slade, A and Yarwood, R (in press) Determinants of tenancy sustainment following homelessness: A Systematic Review American Journal of Public Health, accepted 01/07/18

Articles
Boland L, Yarwood R & Bannigan K (2021) '‘Making a home’: an occupational perspective on sustaining tenancies following homelessness' Housing Studies 1-21 , DOI Open access
Marshall CA, Boland L, Westover LA, Isard R & Gutman SA (2020) 'A systematic review of occupational therapy interventions in the transition from homelessness' Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy 28, (3) 171-187 , DOI
Marshall CA, Boland L, Westover LA, Marcellus B, Weil S & Wickett S (2020) 'Effectiveness of interventions targeting community integration among individuals with lived experiences of homelessness: A systematic review' Health & Social Care in the Community 28, (6) 1843-1862 , DOI
Marshall CA, Boland L, Westover LA, Wickett S, Roy L, Mace J, Gewurtz R, Barbic S & Kirsh B (2019) 'Occupational experiences of homelessness: A systematic review and meta-aggregation' Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy 27, (6) 394-407 , DOI
Boland L, Slade A, Yarwood R & Bannigan K (2018) 'Determinants of tenancy sustainment following homelessness: A Systematic Review' American Journal of Public Health 108, (11) , DOI Open access
Boland LM & Cunningham M (2018) 'Homelessness: Critical reflections and observations from an occupational perspective' Journal of Occupational Science , DOI Open access
Conference Papers
Boland L, Yarwood R & Bannigan K 'Moving On. Transitioning from homelessness into a sustained tenancy' Homeless and Inclusion Health 2018. “Rethinking Homelessness. Connecting Housing, Health & Inclusion” 3-/-0/20183-/-0/2018