Staff profile

Dr Jamie Bird

Senior Lecturer in the discipline of Professional Psychological Practices

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Therapeutic Arts


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Allied Health and Social Care

Research centre

Health and Social Care Research Centre




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am based within the College of Health, Psychology and Social Care. My role is primarily focused on helping to develop the College of Health, Psychology and Social Care's research activity. This includes the development of research funding bids, the conducting of research and the dissemination of findings. An element of my role is in helping academics from across the college to engage with research.

Teaching responsibilities

PhD completions

PhD supervision

Professional interests

I welcome enquiries about developing research and PhD supervision on these topics:

Research interests

My PhD research involved working with women who had experienced domestic violence, using visual media to explore what home, relationships and support meant for them in the past, the present and the future. This built upon previous and similar work with refugees and asylum seekers.

At present, I am developing and implementing social action and arts-based research methods in response to the climate and environmental crisis. Particular attention is being paid to how communities (including citizens, businesses and local governments) can work together and adapt to the consequences of a changing climate and environment.

Research engagement

Membership of professional bodies

I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (as an Art Therapist since 2004). I am a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (Region 9) and an associate editor of the International Journal of Art Therapy published by Routledge.


Undergraduate qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

Recent conferences

International experience

Overseas teaching (Erasmus)

Additional interests and activities

Associate Editor of International Journal of Art Therapy

Chair of the board of trustees for Salcare -

Board member of Climate Psychology Alliance -

In the media

Social Action Art Therapy book launch -

The Owl Hoot podcast -


Harpers Bazaar -

Recent publications

Bird, J. (2022) Social Action Art Therapy in a Time of Crisis. New York: Routledge

Bird, J. (2022) Arts use within healthcare and what is the evidence across healthcare disciplines and professions. In: Hinsliff-Smith, McGarry, & Ali (Eds) Arts-Based Health Care Research: a multidisciplinary perspective. London: Springer

Bird, J. (2022) Shifting sensitivities in art therapy research and practice, International Journal of Art Therapy, DOI: 10.1080/17454832.2022.2095127

Irons J.Y., Garip, G., Cross, A. J., Sheffield, D., Bird, J. (2020) An integrative systematic review of creative arts interventions for older informal caregivers of people with neurological conditions. PLoS ONE 15(12): e0243461

Bird, J. (2019) Belonging and imagination in the Anthropocene: a social action art therapy response to the climate crisis. In: BAAT Newsbriefing. Winter 2019, p.34-36

Bird, J. (2019) “The eye of the beholder”: encountering women’s experience of domestic violence and abuse as a male researcher and art therapist. In: Arts Therapies and Gender Issues: International Perspectives on Research, Hogan, S. (ed.) s. Routledge

Rahmani, F., Salmasi, S., Rahmani, F., Bird, J., Asghari, E., Robai, N., Asghari Jafarabadi, M. and Gholizadeh, L. (2019), Domestic violence and suicide attempt among married women: A Case‐Control Study. Journal of Clinical Nursing

Bird, J. Wellan, A. & Stephanou, M. (2019) The Body of Work as a legitimate form of Independent Scholarship. In: Taylor, J. Holmwood, C. (Eds.) Learning as a Creative and Developmental Process in Higher Education: A Therapeutic Arts Approach and its Wider Application. London: Routledge.

Bird, J. (2017) Art Therapy, Arts-based Research and Transitional Stories of Domestic Violence and Abuse In International Journal of Art Therapy [online for May 2017; in-print for 2018]

Pink, S., Hogan, S. & Bird, J. (2011) Intersections and Inroads: Art Therapy's Contribution to Visual Methods. In: International Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape. Vol.16, No.1, pp.14-19. ISSN: 1745-4832

Bird, J. (2011) Student perceptions of the emotional and academic outcomes of participation in a group process module. In: Innovative Practice in Higher Education. Vol.1, no.1. Staffordshire University

Bird, J. (2011 ) Towards Babel: Language and Translation in Art Therapy. In: Burt, H. (ed.) Creative Healing Through a Prism: Art Therapy and Postmodernism. Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Object made by young person, March 2020

Dr Jamie Bird, Deputy Head of Centre for Health, Psychology and Social Care Research explores the use art as a way of dealing with the different feelings that witnessing the climate crisis has upon individuals and groups – specifically with young people.

person holding a poster titled there is no planet

Dr Jamie Bird, Deputy Head of the Centre for Health and Social Care Research at the University of Derby explores climate anxiety and the work he and his colleagues are doing to provide an emotional response to the climate crisis across the globe.