Assoc Prof Amshuda Sonday

Master’s Program Convener



BSc Occupational Therapy UWC

Master’s in Early Childhood Intervention UP

PhD Occupational Therapy UCT


I am an Associate Professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy at the University of Cape Town. My teaching and learning focus are on neurophysical rehabilitation, both in pediatrics and adults.  My research takes a critical decolonial perspective on the development of professional identities of occupational therapists in Post-Apartheid South Africa. The key findings of my PhD study are how occupational therapists enact agency. Professional role transgression is one mechanism used to enact agency against structural hegemonies. I offer socially responsive leadership as a member of the OTASA Education committee.

Areas of Interest

Severe disabilities, Professional identities, transgression, role transitions

Current Research Projects

Integrated literature review on professional identities

Professional role transition of occupational therapists in African countries

Digital story telling as a reflective tool in professional identity development



Thomas, A., Kinsella, E.A., Abu, T., Hashem S., Bennett, S., Bressler, S., Galheigo, S., Gupta, J., Laver, A.F, Sonday, A., Takahashi, K. Mlambo, T. (2021). Position Statement: Educational Research in Occupational Therapy. World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT), London. 

Drotsky, L., Sonday A., Gretschel, P. (2021). Photo-elicited interviews: a method to create open communication for mothers raising children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. International Journal of Qualitative Research Methodology. 20, 1-8.

Drotsky, L. Gretschel, P. & Sonday, A. (2021) Mothers’ facilitation of the occupational engagement of their children with FASD. Journal of Occupational Science.

Sonday, A. (2021). Digital story telling as a reflective tool in Occupational therapy curricular. Occupational Therapy International. 2021, 2463916, 10

Sonday, A. (2021). Shaping professional identity: a descriptive qualitative study on Health and Rehabilitation final year students in higher education. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy. 51,2. 49 – 54.

Ned, L., Hess-April, L., Hansen, A., Gabriels, S., & Sonday, A. (2021) Towards the integration of critical disability studies in rehabilitation sciences curricula. In Rioux, M, Jose, M & Dada, S. Handbook of Critical Disability Studies in a Globalizing World. Springer publishers. In Press

Sonday, A., Ramugondo, E. & Kathard, H. (2020). Case study and narrative inquiry as merged methodological frameworks: A critical narrative perspective. International Journal of Qualitative Research Methodology 19, 1-5.

Ellman, E., Sonday, A. & Buchanan, H. (2020). Transition from special school to post school in youth with severe intellectual disability: Parent’s experiences. South African Journal of Education. 40 (2) 1-9

Munambah, N., Gretschel, P. & Sonday, A. (2020). Being a mother of a child with HIV- related Neurodevelopmental Disorders in the Zimbabwean context. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 50(1): 35-40 DOI:

Sonday, A., Ramugondo, E.L., & Kathard, H. (2019). Professional role transgression as a form of occupational consciousness. Journal of Occupational Science, 26(3), 366-378.

Sonday, A. (2018) Professional Competency and professional development. In De Souza S A, Galvaan R, Ramugondo E. Concepts in Occupational Therapy Understanding Southern Perspectives. Manipal Press, p385-395.

Sonday, A., & Gretschel, P. (2016). Empowered to Play: A case study describing the impact of powered mobility on the exploratory play of disabled children. Occupational therapy international, 23(1), 11-18.

Sonday A, Anderson K, Flack C, Fisher C, Greenhough J, Kendal R, Shadwell C. (2012) School Based Occupational Therapists: An Exploration into their role in a Cape Metropole Full-Service School. The South African Journal of Occupational Therapy,42(1), 2-6.