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School of Health and Society

Rachel Russell



I qualified as an occupational therapist in 1994, specializing in community care practice and the use of housing modifications to support the health and wellbeing of individuals. In 2011 I gained an MSc in Accessibility and Inclusive Design with distinction. Presently, I completing an EPSRC-sponsored PhD with SURFACE, investigating the process used by occupational therapists when modifying home environments. In September 2015 I joined the occupational therapy teaching team at the University of Salford.


Occupational Therapy

Research Interests

Built environment

Occupational performance

Home modifications


Older people

Qualifications and Memberships

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapist

MSc (with distinction) Accessibility and Inclusive Design

British Association of Occupational Therapists

College of Occupational Therapists specialist section for Housing

College of Occupational Therapists specialist section for Older People