Reflections on occupational science in 2022
British Journal of Occupational Therapy
School of Medical and Health Sciences
The discipline of occupational science originated in the late 1980s as developed by an Emeritus Professor Betty Yerxa at the University of Southern California and concurrently by Professor Ann Wilcock in Australia. In this editorial, we have been asked to provide our perspectives on where occupational science is now and to articulate some of the current key developments and relevance for occupational therapy. The collective experience of a global pandemic over the last two and a half years with restrictions on occupational engagement and daily life has brought concepts from occupational science to the fore. COVID-19 has brought significant occupational disruption, and the initial public health responses involved occupational deprivation, and marginalisation with associated ill effects on health and well-being.