Zarina Syed

Clinical Educator



BSc Occupational Therapy UWC

Masters in Occupational Therapy Stell

PG Dip. Addiction Care Stell


Zarina Syed has been an occupational therapist for 15 years. She began her career working at various hospitals in Cape Town. She is currently a clinical educator at UCT in the mental health cluster, involved in the supervision of occupational therapy students at tertiary and district hospitals in the Western Cape.  Zarina is passionate about the field of mental health in occupational therapy, in particular the acute psychiatric setting and addiction care.

She completed a BSc in Occupational Therapy at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Her postgraduate studies include a Master of Occupational Therapy (Psychosocial Rehabilitation) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Addiction Care, both obtained from Stellenbosch University. She is currently exploring future studies around curriculum development within mental health practice learning.

Areas of Interest

Mental health, acute psychiatry, addiction care, curriculum development

Current Research Projects

Mental health curriculum development research



Syed Z. Occupational therapy: The process in acute psychiatry. African Journal of Health Professions Education. 2020;12(1):9-11.DOI:10.7196/AJHPE.2020.v12i1.1185

Gamieldien F, Galvaan R, Myers B, Syed Z, Sorsdahl K. Exploration of recovery of people living with severe mental illness (SMI) in low/middle-income countries (LMICs): a scoping review. BMJ open. 2021 Mar 1;11(3):e045005.

Opinion Pieces Understanding addiction: why is it important for occupational therapists? Opinion Piece – Focus, December 2019.