Our academic team - The Birth Project - University of Derby

Our academic team

Susan Hogan is Professor of Cultural Studies and Art Therapy and a Professorial Fellow, of the Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham. She has longstanding interests in the arts and health, particularly around women’s transition to motherhood and experience of psychiatry. She has also written about women’s experience of ageing explored using participatory arts. She has an international reputation in the field of arts and health. Her books are:

  • Feminist Approaches to Art Therapy (1997)
  • Healing Arts: The History of Art Therapy (2001)
  • Gender Issues in Art Therapy (2003)
  • Conception Diary: Thinking About Pregnancy & Motherhood (2006)
  • Revisiting Feminist Approaches to Art Therapy (2012)
  • The Introductory Guide to Art Therapy (with Coulter, 2013)
  • Art Therapy Theories (in press).

Professor Hogan qualified as an art therapist in 1985. She has a particular interest in group-work and experiential learning, following early employment with Peter Edwards M.D., an exceptional psychiatrist who had worked with Maxwell Jones, a psychiatrist who is associated with the ‘therapeutic community movement’ in Britain. For many years, facilitated experiential workshops and the closed-group component of the art therapy training. This training was based on the group-interactive approach described by Professor Diane Waller.

Now most of her time is spent supervising, conducting and stimulating research. Professor Hogan has also undertaken work with pregnant women and women who have recently given birth, offering art therapy groups to give support to women, and an opportunity for them to explore their changed sense of self-identity and sexuality as a result of pregnancy and motherhood. She has published extensively on this subject. Hogan’s work has been innovative in its application of social anthropological and sociological ideas to art therapy and her unwavering challenge to reductive psychological theorising.

Professor Hogan holds a BA Degree in fine art, a post-graduate diploma in art therapy, a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration (Arts Policy & Management), and a further Master’s Degree in Social Science Research Methods (Social Policy & Sociology) focussing on visual methods. Her Ph.D. was in Cultural History (looking at the history of ideas around madness and the use of the arts) from Aberdeen University, Scotland.

Susan has also undertaken further training in group-analytic psychotherapy. She served for six years as a Health Professions Council (U.K.) ‘visitor’ and is a former Vice-President of ANATA (Australian National Art Therapy Association, now ANZATA), and has twice served as a regional co-ordinator for the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). She has been instrumental in setting up several art therapy training courses. She is currently a steering-group member of the Royal Society of Public Health SIG on the Arts, Health & Wellbeing Research.

Project Contact

This project is being directed by Professor Susan Hogan

Professor Susan Hogan
E: S.Hogan@derby.ac.uk

In the news

14 November 2014

Health professionals involved in pregnancy and birth are invited to take part in a research project at the University of Derby to see if the arts can help them better express feelings about their work - good or bad.

5 September 2014

Feelings about birth could create powerful artworks New parents and people who've attended births will be able to express their feelings about their experience.

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