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Dr Leonie Boland

Honorary Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)

I am a post doctoral Research Fellow with the School of Health Professions, University of Plymouth. Building on my PhD findings and following the Medical Research Council (2008) guidance on the development and evaluation of complex interventions, I am working on a project to model an occupational therapy intervention for tenancy sustainment following homelessness. My PhD research, supported by the Catherine Mounter Legacy Scholarship, was entitled 'Transitioning from homelessness into a sustained tenancy: What enables a successful transition? (The Moving on Project)'. It explored, from an occupational perspective, the transitions individuals make from using homelessness services to sustaining a tenancy. It identified components – ‘active ingredients’ – of tenancy sustainment.


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

Professional membership

Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
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

Teaching interests

Problem Based Learning group facilitator

Research interests

My research interests include homelessness, tenancy sustainment, occupational justice, mental health and qualitative methodologies.


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

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