I am an HCPC registered Art Therapist, currently researching for a doctorate in Psychology.
I completed a masters degree in Fine Art before qualifying as an Art Psychotherapist in 2008. After working for 10 years as an art therapist for a children's charity I developed a model of parent-infant art therapy and started researching the benefits to early attachment relationships from making art together. My current PhD is looking at the impact of art making for parents and young children and is a collaboration between Psychology at University of Dundee and the Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre.
I am interested in infant development, especially in the context of their social relationships; in early creativity; in what happens when we make art together; in evaluation methods for arts interventions; in arts for mental health and wellbeing; and in the role of galleries for public health.
PG research, University of Dundee/DCA
Art Therapist, Barnardo's
Queen Margaret University, MSc Art Therapy
University of Edinburgh, MA Fine Art
Art boxes supporting parents and infants to share creative interactions at home: an art-based response to improve wellbeing during Covid-19 restrictions, Public Health
A ‘real-life’ adaptation to Covid-19 to reduce social inequalities: DCA Family Programme working with Art at the Start, Engage Journal. Issue 45, Class and Inequality
The evidence base for art therapy with parent and infant dyads: An integrative literature review, International Journal of Art Therapy
Mechanisms of change within a dyadic model of art therapy, In Hogan, S (ed) Therapeutic Arts in Pregnancy, Birth and New Parenthood, Routledge
A Dyadic Art Psychotherapy Group for Parents and Infants – Piloting Quantitative Methodologies for Evaluation, International Journal of Art Therapy
Parent-Infant Art Psychotherapy: A creative dyadic approach to early intervention, Infant Mental Health
Modelling attuned relationships in art psychotherapy with children who have had poor early experiences, The Arts in Psychotherapy