Dr Pam Gretschel

Senior Lecturer



BSc Occupational Therapy Stell 

Masters in Early Childhood Intervention UP

PhD Occupational Therapy UCT


Pam Gretschel is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy Division. She has worked in a variety of settings, within the public and private sector, across Health and Education. She now practices in the field of Child Learning, Development and Play with a focus on the occupational engagement of children in context and family centred practice. She convenes the shared research methods course for undergraduate students, chairs the Departmental Research Committee and has supervised several postgraduate students.

Area of Interest

Family centered practice, occupational engagement of children in context, research methods

Current Research Projects

Developing an interdisciplinary, caregiver coaching teaching module: Descriptions of and Reflections on the process

The impact of a play-based teaching on learning readiness for formal schooling: a rapid review protocol

Caregiving coaching strategies used by Health and Rehabilitation Professionals in the Global South: A scoping review protocol



Gretschel, P., Ramugondo, E.L., & Galvaan, R. (2015). An introduction to Cultural Historical Activity Theory as a theoretical lens for understanding how occupational therapists design interventions for persons living in low-income conditions in South Africa. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 45(1), 51-55. https://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2310-3833/2015/v45no1a9

Galvaan, R., Peters, L. & Gretschel, P. (2015). Embracing an ‘occupational’ perspective to promoting learning in context. South African Journal of Higher Education, 29 (3), 281-293

Sonday, A. & Gretschel, P. (2015). Empowered to Play: A Case Study Describing the Impact of Powered Mobility on the Exploratory Play of Disabled Children. Occupational Therapy International, 23(1):11-8. doi: 10.1002/oti.1395

Robyn Jess Meissner, Jessica Ferguson, Caraleigh Otto, Pam Gretschel & Elelwani Ramugondo (2017): A play-informed, caregiver-implemented, home-based intervention for HIV-positive children and their families living in low-income conditions in South Africa, World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin. To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14473828.2017.1375068

Munambah, Nyaradzai, Gretschel, Pam, & Sonday, Amshuda. (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. https://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2310-3833/2020/vol50n1a6

Stark, Suzanne, Van der Vyver, Desiree B, & Gretschel, Pamela. (2020). A descriptive research audit of the long term developmental outcomes of 30 infants with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) who received hypothermia at a secondary Hospital in South Africa. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy50(2), 35-43. https://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2310-3833/2020/vol50no2a5

Galvaan, R., Gretschel, P. & Peters, L. (2015). Occupational therapy in the school context: an occupational perspective. In S. Moonsamy and H. Kathard (Eds.). Speech pathology and audiology within an educational context: Principles and practices. Van Schaik: Pretoria.

Gretschel, P., Ramugondo, E.L., & Galvaan, R. (2017).  Factors influencing the role of the South African occupational therapists in the occupational therapy intervention design process. In D. Sakellariou and N. Pollard (Eds.), Occupational Therapy without borders: Integrating justice with practice (2nd Ed., pp. 302-309). Elsevier.

Gretschel, P. & Galvaan, R. (2017). Perspectives and practices of client centred occupational therapy in the Global South. In S.A. de Souza, S.A., R. Galvaan & E.L. Ramugondo, Concepts in Occupational Therapy: Understanding Southern Perspectives, Manipal University Press (pp. 237-247).