Staff profile

Sally Cassella

Head of Therapeutic Arts


Therapeutic Arts


College of Health and Social Care


School of Allied Health and Social Care


Britannia Mill, Derby Campus



I am based at Britannia Mill and manage the academic team in the Therapeutic Arts subject area, within the School of Allied Health and Social Care, one of two schools in the College of Health and Social Care. I spend some of my time teaching on the BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Therapies programme. I am particularly interested in how we can empower people to be participants in looking after their own wellbeing as part of the public health agenda; whether through engaging in arts and cultural activity, physical activity or complementary therapies. 

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Recent conferences

Experience in industry

Prior to moving into an academic role, I worked in diagnostic laboratories (immunology and virology) in the National Health Service, and in cancer and artificial heart (left ventricular assist devices) research projects. I have also worked extensively with elderly people living with dementia and have run my own business in complementary health care. 

Additional interests and activities

As a parent of three (now adult) offspring, I have served on many parent-teacher associations; supported work in classrooms and educational visits; run extra-curricular activities and managed fund-raising events. My roles as assistant manager of a football team and secretary of a scout group also helped to fill my time before I returned to full-time employment. Additionally, I have sat on governing boards at both primary and secondary schools, having chaired a board of governors, and various committees.

Recent publications

Cassella, S & Taylor, J (2019), 'An evaluation of peer coaching circles within higher education' in: Taylor, J & Holmwood, C. (eds) (2019) Learning as a creative and developmental process in higher education. A therpaueitc arts approach and its wider application. UK: Routledge.