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Arts and Mental Health Research 

The resources you see listed here are ones that the collective see as key to the field of Arts and Mental Health. You will see topics covering health and wellbeing across the lifespan.


Ganong, K., & Larson, E. (2011). Intimacy and belonging: The association between sexual activity and depression among older adults. Society and Mental Health, 1(3), 153-172. doi:10.1177/2156869311431612. 


McNab, Sue. Creative Positions in Adult Mental Health : Outside in-Inside Out . Routledge,an imprint of Taylor and Francis, 2018. 


Neilsen, Philip, et al. Creative Arts in Counseling and Mental Health . SAGE, 2016. 

Pereira, N. (2007). Ready . . . set . . . engage! Building effective youth-adult partnerships for a stronger child and youth mental health system. Toronto: Children’s Mental Health Ontario & Ottawa: Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health.

Music/ Dance/ Theatre

Baxter, Veronica, and Katharine E. Low. Applied Theatre : Performing Health and Wellbeing. Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017.


Delabary, Marcela dos Santos, et al. “Can Samba and Forro Brazilian Rhythmic Dance Be More Effective Than Walking in Improving Functional Mobility and Spatiotemporal Gait Parameters in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease?” BMC Neurology, vol. 20, no. 1, BMC, 2020, pp. 1–305, doi:10.1186/s12883-020-01878-y.


dos Santos Delabary, Marcela, et al. “Effects of Dance Practice on Functional Mobility, Motor Symptoms and Quality of Life in People with Parkinson’s Disease: a Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis.” Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, vol. 30, no. 7, Springer International Publishing, 2018, pp. 727–35, doi:10.1007/s40520-017-0836-2.


MacDonald, Raymond A. R., et al. Music, Health, and Wellbeing. Oxford University Press, 2012. 


Torrissen, Wenche, and Theo Stickley. “Participatory Theatre and Mental Health Recovery: a Narrative Inquiry.” Perspectives in Public Health, vol. 138, no. 1, SAGE Publications, 2018, pp. 47–54, doi:10.1177/1757913917723944. 


Wang, Ziheng, et al. “The Effect of Jazz Dance on Physical and Mental Health of Students with Different Physical Fitness.” Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, vol. 59, no. 5, 2019, doi:10.23736/S0022-4707.18.08025-8.

Visual Arts

Broderick, Mick., and Antonio Traverso. Trauma, Media, Art New Perspectives. Cambridge Scholars Pub., 2010.


Casey, Briege, and Margaret Webb. “Experiences of Mental Health Support Workers in Mental Healthcare Practice: Three Visual Arts Narratives.” Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 2021, doi:10.1111/jpm.12775.


Gallo, Laura M. H., et al. “Covid-19 and Mental Health: Could Visual Art Exposure Help?” Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 12, Frontiers Research Foundation, 2021, pp. 650314–650314, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2021.650314.


Heald, Karen, and Susan Liggett. “Visual Arts, Mental Health, and Technology.” Art, Design and Technology: Collaboration and Implementation, Springer International Publishing, 2017, pp. 67–82, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-58121-7_8.


McCaffrey, Tríona, et al. “Exploring the Role and Impact of Visual Art Groups with Multiple Stakeholders in Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Services.” The Arts in Psychotherapy, vol. 72, Elsevier Ltd, 2021, p. 101748–, doi:10.1016/j.aip.2020.101748.

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