I graduated from University of Edinburgh in 2015 with an MA(hons) in Fine Art and then from Queen Margaret University in 2018 with an MSc in Art Psychotherapy. Following this I worked for ten years as an art therapist for Barnardo’s as well as developing a model of dyadic parent-infant art therapy. I am now studying for a PhD in Psychology at University of Dundee in collaboration with Dundee Contemporary Arts.
My research looks at the benefits of shared art making experiences for parents and infants and the impact on attachments. I am interested in a range of art-based approaches in this area, from participative arts in the gallery to art psychotherapy interventions for families who are at risk of low wellbeing. I am broadly interested in the social benefits of art and developments within arts in health and how art therapy fits into this picture.