Dr Suzanne Dawson

Practitioner Fellowship

College Services, Nursing and Health Sciences

place Bedford Park
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Suzanne is a Practitioner Fellow in the Caring Futures Institute aligned to the Clinical and Community Partnerships theme.

Suzanne has over 25 years’ experience working as an occupational therapist in mental health services in the UK and Australia. Suzanne is a practice-based researcher and is passionate about implementation and evaluation of psycho-social evidence-based practices in clinical settings. This includes a focus on co-designed inter-disciplinary research that aims to foster positive changes in approaches, practices and culture in health care services. Suzanne's research is informed by the exploration of service users and clinicians experiences of care and aims to improve consumer care outcomes and experiences.

Suzanne works in clinical practice as Principal Occupational Therapist for SALHN mental health services.


PhD: Flinders University

Master of Clinical Science: University of Adelaide

Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: University of East Anglia

Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy: University of South Australia

Honours, awards and grants

2021  Publication Excellence Award, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Adelaide

2020  PhD thesis write-up stipend, Flinders University

2019  Research Student Travel Conference Grant, Flinders University

2019  SA Health Awards Finalist: Excellence in Strengthening Partnerships

2017  Research Higher Degree student publication award, Flinders University

2016  The Australian Federation of University Women- SA Inc.