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Lara Cowpe

Lecturer: Occupational Therapy

School of Healthcare Sciences

029 225 10490
3.14/1, Ty Dewi Sant, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN


I am a occupational therapy lecturer at Cardiff University with a special interested in cancer, palliative care and long term conditions.


I obtained by BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy at Cardiff University in 2009 and completed my MSc Professional Practice, Research at University of South Wales in 2015.

After I qualified as an occupational therapist, I worked in a variety of settings including acute medicine, acute surgery, orthopaedics, hand therapy, community resource team and later in a specialist role as a Macmillan occupational therapist.

I became a lecturer at Cardiff University in 2017.

Honours and awards

St David Award - Citizenship Category - 2014 - finalist (runner-up).

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
  • Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section - Oncology & Palliative Care.
  • Member of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Academic positions

  • 2017- present: Lecturer, Cardiff University.

Speaking engagements

  • Cowpe, L. 2018. Evaluating occupational therapy practice in oncology and palliative care: challenge or opportunity? World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress 2018, Cape Town Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa. 21st - 25th May 2018 (oral presentation).

Committees and reviewing

  • Research, development, education and practice representative - National Executive Committe, Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section - Oncology and Palliative Care


Undergraduate Teaching
I am involved in teaching and assessment across all three levels of the BSc occupational therapy programme and am a module lead.

Postgraduate Teaching

  • Member of the module team for a PG Dip occupational therapy module.
  • Member of the module team teaching on an MSc module 'understanding cancer care: patient and professional perspectives.


  • Member of the practice education team for the occupational therapy programmes.
  • Personal Tutor.
  • Undergraduate research supervisor.

My main research interests centre around cancer and the impact cancer has on individuals.  I am currently involved in a systematic review exploring the experience and perceptions of adult survivors of the late effects of childhood cancers.

Research interests include:

  • Cancer
  • Palliative care
  • Long term conditions

Areas of expertise