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Dr Nastaran Doroud

Senior Lecturer


Nastaran is a Senior Lecturer and Early Career Researcher (ECR) with expertise in qualitative research methods, participatory research, co-deign & co-production, photovoice and photo-elicitation methods, grounded theory design, evaluation projects and qualitative meta-synthesis; as well as education research, curriculum design and innovation in higher education.

In her research, Nastaran is passionate about enabling participation and recovery for people with serious mental illness. Her main research interests focus around exploring recovery for people with serious mental illness in different settings (including forensic and secure mental health settings), design and evaluation of recovery-oriented approaches in occupational therapy, co-design and co-production, Recovery Colleges, e-mental health, sense of place, and understanding recovery for culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Nastaran has an outstanding history of working as an Occupational Therapist at various health setting in Tehran, Iran; including co-leading a psychosocial rehabilitation centre within a university campus; co-establishing a children and youth counselling and allied health centre in a public hospital; and supervising new graduates and occupational therapy students in their placements.

Nastaran is currently working on a project with Forensicare in co-design and evaluation of an occupational therapy program, co-authoring a book chapter in the Routledge Handbook on Spaces of Mental Health and Wellbeing, and leading the mental health curricula at Swinburne Occupational Therapy program and supervising PhD students.

Research interests

co-design; co-production; recovery college; Evaluation; Grounded theory; Photovoice; participatory action research

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Evaluation of occupation-based groups in mental health settings

Evaluation of sensory room

Explore and co-design places supporting recovery


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Allied Health And Rehabilitation Science - 420100
  • Mental Health Services - 420313

Teaching areas

occupational therapy;Qualitative research;Model of Human Occupation;Intentional Communication skills;Health promotion;Occupational science

Professional memberships

  • 2022 - 2023: Member, Mentor - Swinburne Women Academic Network (SWAN) - Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • 2020 (current): Member, Occupational Therapy Australia, Australia
  • 2021 - 2023: Member, Conference Scientific Committee - Occupational Therapy Australia, Australia
  • 2019 - 2021: Member, Violet Matchman Research Cetnre, La Trobe University, Australia
  • 2019 - 2021: Reviewer, Human Research Ethics Sub-Committee; La Trobe University, Australia


Also published as: Doroud, Nastaran; Doroud, N.; Doroud, Seyedeh Nastaran; Doroud, S.; Dorood, N.; Dorood, Nastaran; Dorood, Nastaren
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2022: Development and evaluation of an innovative occupation-based program to promote participation and recovery for community-dwelling adults living with mental illness. *; DIRECT GIFT RECIPIENT (DGR) GRANTS

* Chief Investigator

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