Dr Daniel Sutton

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext7732

Email: daniel.sutton@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
Room AA205, AUT North Shore Campus, 90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote 0627, Auckland, New Zealand

Postal Address:
A-11, Department of Occupational Science and Therapy
School of Clinical Sciences
Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences
AUT University, Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142, New Zealand Links to relevant web pages:

Auckland University of Technology, Person Centred Research Centre

The National Centre of Mental Health Research, Information and Workforce Development (Te Pou)

Occupational Therapy Dept. Lund University, Sweden 

West Auckland Mental Health Support Trust


BHSc (OT), PGDip (Mental Health), PhD

Memberships and Affiliations:

The National Centre of Mental Health Research, Information and Workforce Development (Te Pou).
Chairperson at the West Auckland Mental Health Support Trust (Te Ata)


Teaching Areas:

Programme Coordinator for the Allied Mental Health and Addictions New Entry to Specialist Practice Programme.

Paper leader and lecturer for:
  • 589340 Enhancing Social Participation in Mental Health
  • 589341 Concepts of Recovery in Mental Health
  •  589342 Mental Health Practice

Research Areas:

Daniel's main areas of interest in research include the process of recovery from mental illness, mental health rehabilitation, occupational engagement and occupation and sensory based interventions in mental health practice.

Current Research Projects:

Current research project: The impact of multi-sensory interventions on the rates of seclusion and restraint in acute mental health units.


  1. Sutton, D., Wilson, M., VanKessel, K., & Vanderpyl, J. (2013). Optimizing arousal to manage aggression: A pilot study of sensory modulation. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing 22, 500-511 doi: 10.1111/inm.12010.
  2. Prebble, K., Diesfeld, K., Frey, R., Sutton, D., Honey, M., Vickery, R., . . . McKenna, B. (2013). The care manager's dilemma: Balancing human rights with risk management under the Intellectual Disability (Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation) Act 2003. Disability and Society, 28(1), 110-124. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com.ezproxy.aut.ac.nz/doi/abs/10.1080/09687599.2012.695527
  3. Sutton, D., Hocking, C., & Smythe, L. (2012). A phenomenological study of occupational engagement in recovery from mental illness. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79(3), 142-150.
  4. Koome, F., Hocking, C. S., & Sutton, D. (2012). Why routines matter: The nature and meaning of family routines in the context of adolescent mental illness. Journal of Occupational Science, 19(4), 312-325. doi:10.1080/14427591.2012.718245
  5. Sutton, D., & Nicholson, E. (2011, September). Sensory Modulation in Acute Mental Health wards: A Qualitative Study of Staff and Service User Perspectives. Auckland, New Zealand: The National Centre of Mental Health Research, Information and Workforce Development (Te Pou).



Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists 2013 ‘Golden Quill’ Award