Occupational Therapy
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​Division of Occupational Therap​y 


Dr Fasloen Adams
B OT (SU), M OT (UCT), PhD OT (Wits)
Tel: 021 938 9308

Dr Fasloen Adams is a senior lecturer in the Division of Occupational Therapy. She is class and clinical work co-ordinator for the third-year undergraduate class. Her research interests are diverse and include collective occupations, occupational justice, disability, occupational science applied to the African context and the global South, and contextual relevance in occupational therapy teaching. She has already produced numerous journal articles and 3 book chapters. A strong advocate for collaborative research, Dr Adams was a member of a national collaborative study in 2008 between the Universities of Witwatersrand, Cape Town, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Pretoria and Medunsa as well as various disability organisations, to investigate how youth with disabilities sustain their livelihood. In 2016 she was appointed as a member of the technical advisory group for a research project carried out by the Health Systems Trust, entitled: “Evaluation of the status of disability and rehabilitation services within the public sector in terms of preparedness for the implementation of the 2015 Disability and Rehabilitation Policy Framework and Strategy."    She is currently part of a research collaboration between South Africa, Sweden and Switzerland as part of a SASUF collaboration which is investigating community mobility of older adults and persons with disability.

She has been in academia since 2001 and has previously been a lecturer at UCT as well as the HOD at Wits University. Her clinical experience is predominantly in mental health, both in South Africa as well as the USA.

She obtained her PhD in 2016. Dr Adams's teaching focuses on occupational science, community rehabilitation and mental health applied to occupational therapy.

She was a member of the social committee for the 2018 WFOT congress in Cape Town, a member of the Scientific committee for the South African 2021 OTASA congress and was Treasurer for the Occupational Therapy African Regional Group for many years.

Currently, she is the co-chair of the departmental transformation committee. 


  1. ​Silaule, O.; Adams, F. and Nkosi, NG. Strategies for Alleviating the Burden Experienced by Informal Caregivers of Persons with Severe Mental Disorders in Transitional Countries: Protocol for a Scoping Review. JMIR Res Protoc 2023;12:e44268. URL: https://www.researchprotocols.org/2023/1/e44268 doi: 10.2196/44268
  2. Silaule, O.; Nkosi- Mafutha, N. and Adams, F. Extent of caregiver burden among informal caregivers of persons with severe mental disorders in rural South Africa. Rural and Remote Health. 2023. 23(2): 7509. https://doi.org/10.22605/RRH7509.
  3. Van Biljon, H.; van Niekerk, L.; Margot‑Cattin, I.; Adams, F.; Plastow, N.; Bellagamba, D.; Kottorp, A. and Patomella, A. The health equity characteristics of research exploring the unmet community mobility needs of older adults: a scoping review. 2022. 22:808. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-022-03492-8
  4. Pitout, H.; Adams, F.; Casteleijn, D and du Toit, SHJ. Factors to consider in planning a tailored undergraduate interprofessional education and collaborative practice curriculum: A scoping review. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2022. 52(1): 78-95.
  5. De Witt, PA.; Roestorff-Hambrock, N.; Adams, F. and Franzsen, D.  Challenges impacting functional recovery experienced by Mental Health Care Users with Major Depressive Disorder after a short-term admission to hospital. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2021. 51(2): 55-64.
  6. Veronica Ntsiea, V.; Naidoo, V.; Adams, F.; Mokokotlela, V. and Barnard-Ashton, P. Clinical inter-professional education activities: Students’ perceptions of their experiences. Malawi Medical Journal. 2021. 33 (1): 48-53.
  7. ​Du Toit, S.; Casteleijn, D.; Adams, F and Mark Morgan-Brown, M. Occupational justice within residential aged care settings – where are we at working with collectives. 2019. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0308022619840180
  8. Potgieter, K. and Adams, F. The influence of skin-to-skin contact on bonding and touch. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2019; 49 (2): 11-17
  9. Pitout H, Adams F, Casteleijn D. Use of the logic model to develop and implement an interprofessional module for undergraduate healthcare students at a University in South Africa: A study protocol. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 2019; 33(3): 295-297
  10. Barnard-Ashton, P; Adams, F; Rothberg, A and McInerney, P. Digital apartheid and the effect of mobile technology during rural fieldwork. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy.  2018; 48 (2):  20-25.
  11. Owen, A., Adams, F. and Franszen, D. (2014). Factors influencing model use in occupational therapy in South Africa. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 44(1): 41-47.
  12. Adams, F., de Witt, P., Franzsen, D., Maseko, P. and Lorenzo, T. (2014). Livelihoods of youths with and without disabilities in peri-urban South Africa. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 44(3): 10-17.
  13. Adams, F. & Casteleijn, D. (2014). New insights in collective participation: A South African perspective. South Africa. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 44(1): 81-87.
  14. Adams, F & Galvaan, R. (2010). Promoting human rights: understanding the barriers to self-help groups for women who are carers of children with disability. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 40(1): 12-16.
  15. ​Adams, F. (2009). “The culture of soup”. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy. 39(1): 8-10