Professor (School of Health Sciences)

School of Health Sciences

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Professor Forsyth graduated as an occupational therapist with distinction from Queen Margaret University College. She worked clinically in a range of health and social care settings early in her career.

She then completed an advanced master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and a PhD in Public Health Sciences both at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She received the Torrance Award and the Phi Kappa Phi Award for research excellence. During this time she was an adjunct Professor in the graduate program and led the international Model of Human Occupation research program at UIC. Professor Forsyth was awarded the prestigious Post Doctoral Fellowship with the American Occupational Therapy Foundation and was admitted into Marquis Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare. She is a recipient of the Merit Award, College of Occupational Therapists and was awarded a Fellowship of the College of Occupational Therapists. She holds the Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Illinois at Chicago and is a National Institute of Health Research School for Social Care Research (NIHR SSCR) Fellow.

Professor Forsyth has written five books (which have been translated into 13 languages) and has productive research relationships with 85 international/national collaborators which have produced co-authored publications. International collaborators are based in Chicago, Florida, New York, Massachusetts, Atlanta, Sweden, Chile, Finland, Taiwan, Texas, Japan, Portugal & Canada.

Professor Forsyth has secured nine million pounds in research grants which funds a research team to investigate how people engage in every day activity (self care, productivity and leisure) to support their health. There are active streams of research within adult mental health, children and families and older adults.