Dr Nicole Sharp


Adjunct Fellow (SoSH)


Dr Nicole Sharp is an Adjunct Fellow and registered occupational therapist. Nicole’s primary research focuses on exploring the lived experience of people with disability and mental illness through qualitative methodologies, with an emphasis on co-design approaches. Dr Sharp’s PhD, awarded in 2019, was a narrative inquiry titled "Making my own path": Journeys of emerging adults with cerebral palsy. Her current research interests include experiences of people with disability, families/carers and service providers around the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and industry funded projects exploring the experiences of young people with disability during the transition from school.

Nicole has supervised nine occupational therapy honours students to completion and is supervising two current honours students and two PhD Candidates. Nicole has over seventeen years’ experience in the disability, higher education and research sectors, having worked in service provision, teaching, research specific and strategic roles. Nicole is also Director of Believe and Become Pty Ltd, a private occupational therapy clinic, and sits on Boards and Expert Panels of community services and mental health organisations in South-Western Sydney.

Research Interests

  • Disability
  • Mental Health
  • Qualitative Methodologies and codesign
  • Social Justice

Qualifications and Recognition

  • PhD University of Wollongong
  • BAAPPSc (Hons) Western Sydney University

Research & Publications

Contact Details

Email N.Sharp@westernsydney.edu.au