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Professor Teena Clouston

Professor Teena Clouston

Professor of Occupational Therapy

+44 (0)29 206 87759
3.22, Ty Dewi Sant, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN
Media commentator
Available for postgraduate supervision


My research interests are focused on how neoliberal capitalism impacts on stress at work and how living a more meaningful and balanced life can enhance health, wellbeing, resilience and sustainability. My most recent book on this, ‘Challenging stress, burnout and rust-out: Finding balance in busy lives’ particularly explores how neoliberal capitalism impacts on stress at workwork-life or occupational balance and creates the stress and pressures of our modern lifestyles.  I purport a focus on a more personally meaningful orientation to life as opposed to one driven by performance and growth in order to address this at indivudal and social levels. I am also interested in how facilitating staff wellbeing and compassionate leadership in organizational cultures can support health, wellbeing, and resilence and address burnout and compassion fatigue.

My clinical expertise is in all aspects of mental health. I also have expertise in working with people who have epilepsy and functional or dissociative seizures, specifically in terms of seizure control and techniques for living everyday life. I am also a qualified counsellor and as well as general support have specific expertise in working with people with gender dysphoria, adult survivors of child sex abuse and people suffering from post traumatic stress.

I have also researced and published papers on the teaching of care and compassion in health and social care practice, integrated teams, professionalisation and professional identity in health and social care practice and problem based learning.

I welcome postgraduate students (supervision and examining) in any of the following areas:

  • Neoliberalism/stress/ work-life imbalance/resilience
  • Meaning lin life, sustainability and life balance
  • Organisationsl cultures and workplace stress
  • Occupational science/ occupational balance
  • Values, care and compassion in work and education
  • Problem based learning/ inquiry based learning/ appreciative inquiry
  • Professionalism/ interprofessional working
  • Clincal areas as noted above
  • Qualitative research and interpretive phenomenological analysis


Presently a Reader in occupational therapy, work-life balance and wellbeing in Cardiff University. I have held several strategic roles in the university. These include Director of learning in practice, professional lead for occupational therapy and programme manager for occupational therapy.

In my previous career I held key leadership roles in healthcare settings and prior to this worked in a variety of clinical settings including mental health, primary care, learning disabilities and neurology. I also have ten years experience in counselling with particular interest in working with survivors of child sexual abuse and perpetrators, stress and anxiety, brief therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. I worked for two years in a psychosexual counselling setting as a therapist. I also worked in Aston University as part of a research project funded by the Welcome Foundation. The research was a randomised control drug trial investigating the effectiveness of lamotrigine and vigabatrin in seizure control for people with epilepsy (complex, partial and simple seizures). As a therapist I also used stress management/CBT/brief therapy techniques and aromatherapy as tools to self manage seizures.

Honours and awards

Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Chair and Secretary of the Occupational Science Research Committee

UK member of the WFOT Expert Quality Indicators working group

UK member of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)  Quality Indicators project (2014-2016)

Vice Chair and Chair of the Occupational Science Europe Executive Committee (2011-2017) (6 year tenure).

Professional memberships

Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Registered with Health and Care Professions Council

Speaking engagements

Clouston TJ. 2017.Stress & burnout in the health professions, Unison, Aston Conference centre, Aston University, Aston, Birmingham

Clouston et al (as Occupational Science Executive Committee).2017. General Assembly Occupational Science Europe Network, Hildesheim. 4th OSE Conference: Meeting in diversity-Occupation as common ground,HAWK university, Hildesheim, Germany 7th-9th Sept

Clouston TJ. 2017. Mindfulness & meaning: Challenging stress burnout and rust-out in health and social care.Welsh Therapies Advisory/ NHS Wales Symposium: Taking Wales forward: Moving at speed, 28th Sept 2017, SWALEC stadium Wales, Cardiff

Clouston TJ. 2017. Challenging stress burnout & rust-out in healthcare, BMA South West & West Wales Divisional Meeting, 11th May 2017, Carmarthen

Clouston TJ. 2016. Challenging stress, burnout & rust-out, Welsh Therapies Advisory/ NHS Wales Symposium: Workforce, wellbeing and where next? 8th October, SWALEC stadium, Cardiff

Clouston TJ, Sadlo G et al. 2016. Developing the research agenda for Occupational Science in Europe, ENOTHE/COTEC conference, 15th-19th June, Galway

Clouston TJ, Hancock J. 2015. Improving practice whilst in practice placement, Welsh Health Student Forum, Welsh Education Department (WG), 17th July, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff

Clouston TJ, Hancock J .2015. Challenges of practice placements: A Welsh perspective, HEA Summit, July 2nd, Thistle Hotel, Cardiff

Committees and reviewing

Grant Reviewer, Public Health Board Research Proposals & NIHR

Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Further and Higher Education

Editor Critical Studies in Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science Series

Journal reviewer: Journal of Occupational Science, Journal of Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Sociology of Social Policy, Journal of Further and Higher Education, British Journal of Occupational Therapy























In my present role I teach across all levels of higher education from level 4 - 8. I also work on producing learning resources and opportunities for students and educators, the wider health and social care workforce, the professon of occupational therapy and the general public.

Resources and publications developed for teaching, learning and continuous professional development for students, educators, professionals and general public:

Clouston TJ, Latham-Hastings G, Ferriday R. 2018. Becoming a caring & compassionate practitioner in health and social care practice. Online resource:

Clouston TJ 2012. Living life in balance.

Quality Indicators Expert Working Group. 2018. Report on WFOT Quality indicators project phase II. World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT), Australia

Royal College of Occupational Therapists in Education (RCOTED) sustainability policy development (addressing sustainable development in the OT curriculum ) OT Educators sustainability working group report for COTED meeting 14/3/17

Buchanan H, Bumin G, CloustonTJ et al. 2016. Practice development programme:quality indicators project. World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Australia

Modernising allied health professions’ careers in Wales: A post registration framework. 2016. WEDs (All Wales Steering Group) (launched October 2016)

Increasing understanding and uptake of advanced decisions in Wales. 2016. Public Policy Institute for Wales (published January 2016) (consultation member: see

Social media and professionalism packages (Cardiff University) (launched Sept 2016)

  1. Fitness to practise:
  2. Multi-disciplinary team working:
  3. Social media:
  4. Professionalism:

Alsaker S, Clouston TJ, Erlandsson LK, Ness NE, Persson D, Piskur B, Randløv B, Wright J, 2004. Occupational science learnig reources, European Network of Occupational Therapy Education. Online available

Clouston TJ, Westcott L, Whitcombe S. 2003. Mental health learning and teaching in occupational therapy. Mental Health in Higher Education, ILTSN. Online available

As vice chair and acting chair of the Occupational Science Europe Exective committee I established this group in Europe and organised 3 international conferences in Occupational Science in Europe. The following media resources were also developed:

  1. Mail-
  2. Blog-
  3. Twitter- @OSEurope
  4. Facebook-
  5. LinkedIN– Occupational Science Europe

Research areas include:

The influence of neoliberal capitialsim on organisational workplace cultures, stress at work and employee work-life or occupational balance.

Living meaningful lives and sustainability

Stress, work-life imbalance  and resilience in work and everyday life

Values, care and compassion in health and social care (teaching and practice)

Professionalism in health and social care

Problem based learning, facilitating learning and the student experience


I am interested supervising PhD students in the following areas:

1) Work-life balance and meaningin in life particularly the impact of neoliberalism and performaty. Work cultures and its impact on stress, work-life balance, caring values and compassion in the workplace.

2) Occupational science, wellbeing, occupational meaning, occupational balance, pofessionalism

3) Education including problem based learning, inquiry based learning, appreciative inquiry and caring values and compassion

4) Methods include phenomenology, interpretive phencomenoligcal analysis, narrative analaysis, conversation and discourse analysis.

Current students

Janice Waters - An interpretive phenomenological analysis to uncover the human meanings that schools attribute to their experiences of responding to sexually harmful behaviours in children and young people.

Marianne HarmerExploring the well-being of hybrid managers in a NHS trust: An interpretive phenomenological analysis

Sherran Milton - An Interpretive phenomenological analysis exploring value-based recruitment through the students’ personal meaning of care and professional values

Bethan Mair Edwards - Integration across the acute inpatient, community health and social care interface: Developing an occupational therapy home discharge and readmission prevention intervention for older people who have dementia.