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.http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032912
Opinion Pieces Understanding addiction: why is it important for occupational therapists? Opinion Piece – Focus, December 2019.