I am based within the College of Health and Social in the Health and Social Care Research Centre. My role is focused on helping to develop the College of Health and Social Care's research activity. This includes the development of research funding bids, the conducting of research and the dissemination of findings. An important element of my role is in helping academics from across the college to engage with research.
- Supervision of MA Art Therapy students during independent scholarship module
- Supervision of PhD and Professional Doctorate students
Trisha Crocker – May 2018 - Me, Myself, and I: Women's Perceptions of Their Body-image Using Clay Making as a Tool for Exploration.
Bernie Gibson - registered 2015 - Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy supervisory dyads experiences of interpersonal processes in the supervisory relationship. An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.
Mohammed Mukhaimar - registered 2016 -Trauma-Related Psychological Distress, Shame, Acculturative Stress, and Psychosocial Treatment Needs in Syrians Refugees resettled in the UK: A Mixed-Method Study.
Amy Stanhope - registered 2018 - Developing an Evidence-base for the use of Art therapy within a Perinatal Mental Health Service.
Tanya Phillips - registered 2019 - Understanding the Long-Term Impact that Imprisonment in Prisons has on Adults Diagnosed with a Specific Cognitive Neuro Diversity
I welcome enquiries about developing research and PhD supervision on these topics:
- Art Therapy
- Arts-based research methods
- Domestic violence & abuse
- Migration, asylum & refuge
- Emotional adaptation to climate crisis
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.
The research shows that the home has special significance for women as they transition away from domestic violence and plan for their future. The home becomes a physical manifestation and container for women’s hopes and fears for a harmonious future that often incorporates the desire for the return to the idea of a complete family. Relationships with family, friends and services are shown to be both enablers of women’s agency and resistance. Those same relationships are also shown to be capable of acting as barriers to women’s positive transitional journeys. The findings show that attention needs to be placed upon the appearance of women’s agency within the everyday tasks of creating and maintaining a home and managing relationships as they move away from domestic violence. The findings also point to the need for services to work harder on empowering women, both by adequately listening to the stories told about their pasts and hopes for the future and by helping them to achieve their plans through challenging the limitations imposed by policies and economics.
I am developing new lines of inquiry that emerge from the work carried out during my PhD. One emerging strand is assisting providers of services engaged with the prevention of violence against women and girls. The aim is to evaluate their provision in ways that will provide data that is meaningful to funders and commissioners. I am currently working with Derbyshire County Council and third sector organisations, helping them to evaluate educational projects aimed at preventing the risk of sexual exploitation of girls and young women. They have provided the College Research Centre with funding to work them over the next 30 months on this project. I am assisting a Derbyshire charity that works with sexual abuse victims and perpetrators to develop research of their counselling service that takes account of the gender of the counsellor and the client. Parallel to these projects focused upon the prevention of violence and abuse I am working with a Derby-based community arts project to measure the impact of work they are conducting with older people. In all these cases, I am strongly advocating for a methodology that measures both attitudinal and behavioural change, arguing that this will speak more clearly to the future funders of those organizations I am working with.
I am developing and implementing a social action art therapy and arts-based research methods response to the climate crisis. Particular attention is being paid to the emotional responses that will be required for individuals and communities to adapt to the consequences of a changing climate.
- 2020 (ongoing until 2022) - Participation in EU Knowledge Alliance Co-in-Care project to develop, pilot and evaluate online training and toolkits to aid in the production of apps to support informal caregivers of people with dementia.
- 2019 (ongoing) - Collaboration with artists, therapists and researchers, understanding and developing emotional responses to climate crisis crisis in preparation for the future.
- 2017 (ongoing) – Collaborating with local NHS Trust on developing quantitative evidence of arts therapies. This entails the funding of a full-time PhD student to capture quantitative evidence generated by the provision of Art Therapy within a perinatal service.
- 2017 (ongoing) – Working with local statutory authorities and third sector organisations to develop service evaluation models related to therapeutic and educational interventions tackling the sexual exploitation of girls and young women as part of their violence against women and girls strategy
- 2017 (ongoing) – Working with Derby-based community arts projects to evaluate their work with elderly populations.
- 2009-2015 - Conducting of a PhD study (registered with the University of Derby) employing and evaluating an arts-based research methodology to explore women’s experiences of domestic violence. This was completed in the summer of 2014. This project has involved close collaboration with Women’s Aid. Post-doctoral research will likely involve similar research with men and young people who have experienced domestic violence. Successful completion in February 2015.
- 2011-12 - Collaboration with the University of Derby Occupational Therapist lecturer, Heather Bullen, piloting an employment skills group to increase women’s economic independence. This project was funded by the Research Informed Curriculum Fund which was primarily used to pay for an external agency to provide specialist employment and placement services. Further development of this project is in the process of being planned.
- 2006-2009 - Involvement with the Making the Connections initiative exploring the benefits and role of the arts within new-entrant and Diaspora communities within the East Midlands. This led to strong links with academics from Loughborough University and the use of a methodology that involved participatory action research, performative ethnography and art therapy. As part of this project, I organised a one-day workshop that explored the emotional component of arts-based work with refugees and other new entrants, and the role of supervision to support community artists.
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.
- BA (Hons) Arts Therapies, University of Derby
- PG Dip Art Therapy, University of Derby - 2004
- MA Art Therapy, University of Derby - 2006
- PG Cert Learning & Teaching in Higher Education, University of Derby - 2008
- PhD, University of Derby - 2015
Overseas teaching (Erasmus)
- June 2018, Vic University, Spain. Workshop on the theme of Belonging and Home
- October 2014, Tallinn University, Estonia – Lecture and workshop around the theme of Transitional Stories of Domestic Violence
- May 2007, HAMK University, Finland - Workshops based around the theme of Introduction to Art Therapy
- August 2006, HAMK University, Finland - Workshops based around the theme of Art and Language
- August 2005, Hämeenlinna Polytechnic, Finland – Workshops based around the theme of Art & Identity
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. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0243461
Bird, J. (2019) Belonging and imagination in the Anthropocene: a social action art therapy response to 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. doi:10.1111/jocn.14901
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 [on-line 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. Staffordhsire University. http://journals.staffs.ac.uk/index.php/ipihe/article/view/2Pink
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
Bird, J. (2010) Domestic Violence and the Male Researcher (conference paper) In: Response. Issue 7