Dr Jessica Levick


Dr Jessica Levick
NameDr Jessica Levick
Email Addressjessica.levick@unisq.edu.au
Job TitleLecturer (Occupational Therapy)
QualificationsBOccTherapy USC, BSc(Hons) USC, PhD USQ
DepartmentSchool of Health and Medical Sciences
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1243-671X
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Biography

As an occupational therapist with a passion for mental health, I am excited to bring my expertise to the newly established occupational therapy program at UniSQ. My background includes experience as a mental health clinician, working with children and adults in a variety of settings, including community, acute, and inpatient.

In 2022, I completed my PhD, which focused on exploring leisure engagement in mental health inpatient units in Australia. My research shed light on the importance of leisure activities in promoting mental health and well-being, particularly in inpatient settings. I am committed to continuing to advance the field of occupational therapy through research and innovation.

I am also proud to co-host a new podcast called Unify: the Interprofessional Health Podcast with Dr. Anna Girardi, a speech pathologist. Together, we explore the intersection of various healthcare disciplines and discuss ways in which we can work collaboratively to improve patient outcomes. Our podcast is a platform for healthcare professionals to learn from one another, share ideas, and engage in meaningful dialogue about the challenges and opportunities facing our industry.

My clinical experience, combined with my academic background and involvement in the podcast, enables me to bring a unique perspective to my work as an educator. I am dedicated to training the next generation of occupational therapists to provide compassionate and evidence-based care to those with mental health conditions. I believe in empowering my students to become agents of change, both in their practice and in the broader healthcare system.

If you're interested in connecting with me to discuss occupational therapy, mental health, or our podcast, please feel free to reach out.

Employment

PositionOrganisationFromTo
Lecturer of Occupational TherapyUniversity of Southern Queensland2022
Occupational Therapist - Mental Health ClinicianQueensland Health20142023
Associate Lecturer of Occupational TherapyUniversity of the Sunshine Coast20202020

Expertise

Mental Health

Occupational Therapy

Teaching

OCT1101 - Foundations of Occupational Therapy

OCT1102 - Occupational Performance - The Occupation

OCT1201 - Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice

HMS2101 - Developing Skills in Digital Health

Fields of Research

  • 420104. Occupational therapy
  • 420313. Mental health services

Professional Membership

Professional MembershipYear
Occupational Therapy Australia
BOccTherapy
USC
2014
BSc(Hons)
USC
2016
PhD
USQ
2022

Investigation of the consumer perspective on leisure activity available in Australian mental health inpatient units

Levick, Jessica, Broome, Kieran, Gray, Marion, Theodoros, Theo, Morrison, Thomas and Kar Ray, Manaan. 2023. "Investigation of the consumer perspective on leisure activity available in Australian mental health inpatient units." Occupational Therapy Australia 30th National Conference and Exhibition 2023. Cairns, Australia 20 Jun - 21 Jul 2023 Australia.

Investigation of stakeholder perspectives on leisure activity in mental health inpatient units

Levick, Jessica. 2022. Investigation of stakeholder perspectives on leisure activity in mental health inpatient units. PhD by Publication Doctor of Philosophy. University of Southern Queensland. https://doi.org/10.26192/w8w59

Content analysis: Mental health staff viewpoints on the barriers and facilitators to leisure engagement in mental health inpatient units

Levick, Jessica, Broome, Kieran, Oprescu, Florin and Gray, Marion. 2023. "Content analysis: Mental health staff viewpoints on the barriers and facilitators to leisure engagement in mental health inpatient units." Occupational Therapy Australia 30th National Conference and Exhibition 2023. Cairns, Australia 20 Jun - 21 Jul 2023 Australia.

Recommendations: The development of practice principles for leisure-based occupational enrichment in mental health inpatient units

Levick, Jessica, Broome, Kieran and Gray, Marion. 2023. "Recommendations: The development of practice principles for leisure-based occupational enrichment in mental health inpatient units." Occupational Therapy Australia 30th National Conference and Exhibition 2023. Cairns, Australia 20 Jun - 21 Jul 2023 Australia.

Investigation of the Consumer Perspective on Leisure in Mental Health Inpatient Units

Levick, Jessica, Broome, Kieran, Gray, Marion, Theodoros, Theo, Morrison, Thomas and Ray, Manan. 2024. "Investigation of the Consumer Perspective on Leisure in Mental Health Inpatient Units." OTJR: Occupational Therapy Journal of Research. 44 (1), pp. 67-77. https://doi.org/10.1177/15394492231175067

A contemporary leisure activity inventory: Exploring the general population current leisure interests in the 21st century

Levick, Jessica, Broome, Kieran and Oprescu, Florin. 2019. "A contemporary leisure activity inventory: Exploring the general population current leisure interests in the 21st century ." Occupational Therapy Australia 28th National Conference and Exhibition . Gold Coast, Australia 10 - 12 Jul 2019 Australia.

The ‘Checklist of Leisure, Interest and Participation’: Exploring the general population current leisure interests in the 21st century

Levick, Jessica, Broome, Kieran and Oprescu, Florin. 2019. "The ‘Checklist of Leisure, Interest and Participation’: Exploring the general population current leisure interests in the 21st century." 53rd Japanese Occupational Therapy Congress & Expo. Fukuoka, Japan 06 - 06 Sep 2019 Japan.