Dr Tanja Križaj

Dr Tanja Križaj

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)

Programme Lead for MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) Programme
Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
Occupational Scientist
Qualitative Researcher
Erasmus Exchange Coordinator (Occupational Therapy Programme)


PhD Health Sciences (Plymouth University, 2017)
MSc in Advanced Occupational Therapy (Plymouth University, 2009)
BSc in Occupational Therapy (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2003)

Professional membership

Member of British Association of Occupational Therapists

Teaching interests

- the theory of occupational science and occupational therapy
- foundations for occupational therapy practice
- qualitative research methodology
- evidence-based practice
- clinical background (people after acquired brain injury, older people)

Research interests

My principal research interests lie in the field of occupational science and older adults. For my PhD I explored Slovenian older people’s experiences of engagement in meaningful occupations and their transition into residential care homes. Since then I have been engaged in projects linked to Digital health, including the use of technology to enhance older people's health and well-being. 

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Križaj T, Roberts A, Warren A & Slade A 2019 'Early Hour, Golden Hour: an Exploration of Slovenian Older People’s Meaningful Occupations' Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 34, (2) 201-221 , DOI Open access
Križaj T, Warren A & Slade A 2016 '"Holding on to What I Do": Experiences of Older Slovenians Moving into a Care Home' The Gerontologist 58, (3) 512-520 , DOI Open access
Krizaj T & Hurst J 2012 'Perceptions of a client-centred approach among Slovenian occupational therapists' International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation 19, (2) 70-78 , DOI
Hoyer S, Križaj T & Sotler R 2012 'Characteristics of breastfeeding practices in slovenia after the implementation of the baby-friendly hospital initiative' Paediatria Croatica 56, (1) 1-7
Edwards KJ, Jones RB, Shenton D, Page T, Maramba I, Warren A, Fraser F, Križaj T, Coombe T & Cowls H 'Implementing smart speakers for care home residents at scale across a region: uses, benefits and barriers (Preprint)' , DOI
Conference Papers
Cunningham MJ, Warren A, Krizaj T, Twinley R & Mitchell S 2016 'DEVELOPING PROBLEM BASED LEARNING IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY' 2016 - COTEC-ENOTHE Congress 6-/-0/20166-/-0/2016Open access
Krizaj T, Warren A & Slade A 2016 'The significance of Occupation and Others: Experiences of Older Slovenians Transitioning into Care Homes' VOYAGE Ageing Conference Plymouth University 6-/-0/20166-/-0/2016
Krizaj T, Roberts A & Hennessy C 2014 'Slovenian Older People’s Meaningful Occupations and Transition into a Care Home' 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Yokohama, Japan 6-/-0/20146-/-0/2014
Krizaj T 2013 'Older people and meaningful occupations in Slovenia' Plymouth University Postgraduate Society Conference Plymouth 1-/-1/20131-/-1/2013
Krizaj T 2013 'Older people’s meaningful occupations and transition into a care home' Online Technology for Occupational Therapy (OT24VX) 24 hour virtual exchange 0-/-1/20130-/-1/2013
Krizaj T, Roberts A & Hennessy C 2012 'Older people and meaningful occupations in Slovenia' 9th Council of Occupational Therapists for the European Countries (COTEC) Congress of Occupational Therapy Sweden, Stockholm 5-/-0/20125-/-0/2012