Staff profile

Dr Clive Holmwood

Associate Professor

Senior Lecturer Dramatherapy


Therapeutic Arts


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


School of Arts

Research centre

Digital and Material Artistic Research Centre




Derby Campus



I am an Associate Professor in the Discipline of Therapeutic Arts within the School of Arts, in the College of Arts, Humanities and Education at the University of Derby. I teach on the Post-graduate MA Dramatherapy with responsibility for clinical supervision and theory & research modules. I am also an Admissions tutor for the BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing Degree Programme with responsibility for personal tutorship and specialist drama modules. I am also a Senior Researcher within the College with an interest in interdisciplinary practice, drama education, developmental play and dramatherapy and arts in health. I also supervise doctorial students.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach across the MA Dramatherapy and BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing and doctoral programmes. I am also an Academic writer and researcher.

Professional interests

Research interests

Interdisciplinary connections between dramatherapy and drama education including historical development and inter-subjectivity. I also have a particular interest in the therapeutic value of play from early childhood onwards.

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

I am a Health and Care Profession Council Registered Dramatherapist with 25 years post qualifying experience, having worked in a range of clinical and non-clinical settings with a very broad range of clients throughout my career. This includes adults and children with severe learning disabilities and challenging behavior, adults and children with severe mental health problems, and older people with memory loss and dementia. I have specialized over the last few years in working with children in such areas as autism, ADHD and a range of learning disabilities and mental health problems, especially with children in the looked after system who are unable or unwilling to communicate verbally. Prior to this, I have ten years of experience as a drama teacher and facilitator.

I joined the University of Derby in 2014 as a Senior Lecturer and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2019.

International experience

Additional interests and activities

In the media

Recent publications

Future Publications

Co-edited Publications 

Books – Sole Authored

Book Chapters - Co-Authored

Book Chapters Sole Authored

Articles – Co authored

Articles – Sole Authored

Book Reviews

A University of Derby arts therapy student sitting on a theatre floor surrounded by coloured silk scarves

Dr Clive Holmwood, Associate Professor in Dramatherapy at the University of Derby discusses how dramatherapy and play based approaches can help with the emotional impact on the Covid-19 generation.