Jo Atkinson


Jo qualified as an Occupational Therapist in the UK in 1993 and US in 1997. She worked initially in Neurosciences at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust and then as a Senior Therapist in Neurorehabilitation. Jo has also worked in Social Services, Palliative Care, Acute Medicine, Community based Children and Families, and Adult Physical Disabilities Teams.

In 2000 Jo began work as a Stroke Association funded Research Therapist and NHS Research Training Fellow at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Oxford and has experience of prospective cohort studies (Oxford Vascular Study) and providing intervention as part of a randomised controlled trial for people after stroke.  She has worked as a Lecturer since 2005 and alongside this from 2008 as an Expert Witness, then from 2012 as a practitioner specialising in handwriting and sensorimotor skills in primary schools and with children/young people and families at home.

Jo currently works at the University of Bradford as a Lecturer / Occupational Therapist in the School of Allied Health Professions (0.4 W.T.E) and at the University of Leeds on the Education Endowment Foundation project 'Helping Handwriting Shine' (0.6 W.T.E). 


Research interests

Handwriting and sensorimotor skills assesment and intervention; 1:1, group and universal (home and school level) approaches.  Working with primary school age children, families and teachers. Special educational needs, neuromotor task training, metacognitive methods. Primary school based oiccupational therapy.  Outcome measurement, goal setting.  Prospective cohort and randomised controlled trial design, mixed method approaches.  Process evalutation of complex interventioms.    




  • MRes (Oxon)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Professional memberships

  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • Higher Education Academy
  • National Handwriting Association