Dr Nicole Sharp


Lecturer in Occupational Therapy (SoSH)


Dr Nicole Sharp is an early career researcher and Lecturer, Occupational Therapy, within the School of Health Sciences at Western Sydney University. 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 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 higher education and research sectors, having worked in teaching, research specific and strategic roles. Nicole is passionate about social justice and diversity in the workplace and is School Disability Coordinator and a member of the School of Health Sciences Equity and Diversity Working Party. Dr Sharp teaches in the areas of mental health, occupational justice and community based and role emerging occupational therapy, and sits on Boards and Expert Panels of community services and mental health organisations in South-Western Sydney.

Research Interests

  • Disability
  • Mental Health
  • Occupational Therapy Pedagogy and Practice
  • Qualitative Methodologies
  • Social Justice

Qualifications and Recognition

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

Research & Publications

Contact Details

Email N.Sharp@westernsydney.edu.au
Telephone +61 2 4620 3755
Location Building 24, Campbelltown Campus