Leading occupational therapist appointed Honorary Professor

Categories: School of Health and Society

The University of Salford has appointed occupational therapist and researcher, Matthew Molineux, as an Honorary Professor.

Matthew (pictured below) is an occupational therapist and occupational scientist who has worked in Australia and the United Kingdom for over 30 years. 

He has worked with clients in health and correctional services, as a manager in health services and state government, and as an academic. He is passionate about occupational therapy and the unique perspective the profession has on humans and health. 

He is known for encouraging, and sometimes challenging, students and occupational therapists to reflect critically on how their practice aligns with the profession’s unique occupational perspective. 

Matthew has established new occupational therapy programs at two universities, and both have been commended by regulatory bodies for their contemporary and occupation-centred approach. He is currently working in the School of Health Sciences and Social Work at Griffith University, Australia.

On his appointment, Matthew said: “I'm very excited to be working with the occupational therapy team at the University of Salford as they continue their work in creating innovative educational experiences for students.”

Dr Bethan Collins, Head of Occupational Therapy at the university, added: “We are delighted that Prof Molineux is joining us as an honorary professor. Our programmes here in Salford are underpinned by our commitment to occupation-centred practice. Occupation-centred practice is about working with people to enable them to engage in the everyday tasks and activities that are meaningful to them, rather than focusing on impairment or disability. 

“Prof Molineux is a world leader in developing our profession’s understanding of how everyday activities relate to health and wellbeing. We are delighted to be working with him as we develop our programmes and continue to innovate in occupational therapy education and research.”

Dean of the School of Health and Society, Professor Margaret Rowe, said: “I am so pleased to welcome Matthew to this honorary appointment. Matthew is a renowned international expert and his passion for the profession will undoubtedly inspire our students. I look forward to working with him.”

Professor Matthew Molineux portrait

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