Guðrún Pálmadóttir promoted to the position of Professor in the Faculty of Occupational Therapy

The Evaluation Committee of the University conducted a professional assessment
Guðrún Pálmadóttir promoted to the position of Professor in the Faculty of Occupational Therapy

Guðrún Pálmadóttir has been promoted to the position of Professor in the Faculty of Occupational Therapy at the University of Akureyri as of 1 August 2020. As Guðrún left her position at the University on 1 August last, she is given the title Professor Emerita.

Guðrún began work at the University of Akureyri on 1 August 1997 when she received a permanent appointment as Assistant Professor and Head of Occupational Therapy. Occupational Therapy was at that time a new course offering in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Akureyri and Guðrún therefore attended to teaching in various fields while the study programme was gaining a foothold. In addition to placing an emphasis on the uniqueness of occupational therapy within health care services, Guðrún has in recent years focused on cross-disciplinary rehabilitation and was for a long period, head of a specialisation in this field in the Faculty of Graduate Studies in the School of Health Sciences. Guðrún was promoted to the position of Associate Professor in 2008.

The research of Guðrún and her co-authors has appeared in domestic and international professional journals. The research relates to the life and experience of people living with impaired health and the data was acquired using qualitative interviews and self-evaluation checklists. See, for example, the article The role of occupational participation and environment among Icelandic women with breast cancer

To begin with, Guðrún placed an emphasis on examining in particular the services of occupational therapists and their relations to clients. In later years, Guðrún’s emphasis has shifted to examining cross-disciplinary services, especially rehabilitation; that is, to what extent it is based on the needs of clients and the systemic obstacles involved. See, for example, the article The continuum of client-centred practice in an acute psychiatric unit

Guðrún has also assisted in translating and localising assessment instruments where people evaluate their own abilities in light of their activity and participation

Academic employees at the University of Akureyri can apply for promotion based on education, research activity, teaching and participation in management. Evaluation of applications is in the hands of the University’s Evaluation Committee, which assesses the results and activity of applicants in their work. Following this, the Rector decides on the basis of the opinion of the Evaluation Committee whether to promote the applicant. Evaluation of applications for promotion is consistent with relevant regulations of the University

We wholeheartedly congratulate Guðrún on her promotion! Guðrún’s inaugural lecture will be held by the School of Health Sciences and will be specially advertised.