Dawn Mitchell
First Name: Dawn
Surname: Mitchell
Position: Subject Lead in Occupational Therapy
Telephone: 01224 263268

Dawn graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy from Grampian School of Occupational Therapy, Aberdeen and for 17 years worked within the NHS and Social Work Department in Grampian and Tayside.

Dawn’s clinical role began in Woodend Hospital, Aberdeen followed by a post developing occupational therapy services in a new centre for adults with physical and neurological disabilities in Tayside subsequently moving to a community occupational therapy post working for Tayside then Angus Councils.  

Dawn then joined NHS Tayside as an occupational therapist in community hospitals and intermediate care before taking over as Head II OT in Perth Royal Infirmary with responsibility for occupational therapy delivery in both the acute and elderly rehabilitation wards and intermediate care services. This post involved playing a key role in the aligning of Health and Social care occupational therapy services. Dawn also had a lead role for the occupational therapy service for clinical governance and in a review of day service provision in the Perth locality.

Since joining the Occupational Therapy team at RGU in June 2005, firstly as a member of the lecturing team and subsequently being appointed as the Subject lead in January 2010, Dawn’s main responsibilities include:

  • Responsibility for all aspects of the BSc (HONS) Occupational Therapy programme including all academic and placement modules to ensure the course meets professional and service requirements.
  • Ensuring the development of Continued Professional Development opportunities in response to the needs of occupational therapy staff and employers
  • Facilitating business interaction opportunities with local and national companies.
  • Supporting occupational therapy and business developments through consultancy, research and evaluation.
  • Line management of occupational therapy team.

Having completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Educational and Teaching, Dawn is currently completing her MSc in Post Graduate Professional Studies. Her dissertation is focused on investigating the use of Functional Capacity Evaluations in supporting absent workers to remain in or return to work.

Dawn is currently co-opted member for the College of Occupational Therapy (COT) Scottish Board to the Allied Health Professions Federation Scotland Board. She also is a member of the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) Occupational Therapy Advisory Group. Dawn also represents Robert Gordon University Occupational Therapy on the COT Directors for Education Group and the Grampian Occupational Therapy Managers Forum.

Teaching Interests

  • Rehabilitation and reablement
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Inclusive design and the built environment
  • Self management
  • Quality assurance
  • Evidence based practice
  • Support staff education

Research Interests

  • Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Inclusion and the built environment


  • Taylor, B., Robertson, D., Wiratunga, N., Craw, S., Mitchell, D., & Stewart, E., (2007) Using computer aided case based reasoning to support clinical reasoning in community occupational therapy. In Computer Methods and Programmes in Biomedicine; Elsevier (ISSN: 0169-2607), Vol 87 (2), pp 170-179.