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Claire is an active researcher, primarily focussed on qualitative research to explore issues faced by marginalised groups.  Her previous clinical experience working with refugees led her to conduct studies exploring the occupational needs of refugees and local mental health provision.

Claire is currently undertaking a number of research projects, including:

  • an exploration or refugee mental health provision in the north east of England.
  • a scoping review reflecting the disproportionate impact of CoVID-19 on marginalised groups.
  • an evaluation of a CoVID-19 home working support service for NHS staff.
  • a service evaluation of a group based end of life programme provided by Marie Curie.

Claire has contributed to research education and REF processes and provides training on inclusivity in research. She is a regular speaker at local, national and international conferences and has publications in key occupational therapy texts and journals.  She is a regular reviewer for the Journal of Occupatioanl Science, the Scandianvian Journal of Occupational Therapy and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin.  

Claire is a member of the European Occupational Science Research Committee and the Occupational Science Migration Special Interest Group.


  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Imagined futures: Occupation as a means of repair following biographical disruption in the lives of refugees, Hart, H. 2 Jan 2023, In: Journal of Occupational Science
  • ‘The Whole of the Moon: how seeing the dark side of occupation can develop our use of conceptual models of practice.’, Hart, C. 2020, Twinley, R. Illuminating the Dark Side of Occupation: International Perspectives from Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science. , Taylor & Francis
  • 'Keeping busy with purpose': how meaningful occupation shapes the experience of forced migration., Hart, C. 26 Oct 2019, In: Migration Studies
  • People seeking asylum can have a better life - lift the ban on work, Hart, C. 21 Nov 2019
  • Keeping busy with purpose: Virtuous occupations as a means of expressing worth during asylum., Hart, C. 2018

Fayrouz Al Haj Moussa Start Date: 01/10/2023

  • Occupational Therapy PhD July 09 2018
  • Teacher Training (Further Education) PGCE June 01 2000
  • Counselling MA December 13 1999
  • Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists DipCOT 1988

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