Staff profile

Dr Jamie Bird

Deputy Head of Centre for Health and Social Care Research

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Therapeutic Arts


College of Health 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 and Social in the Health and Social Care Reserach Centre. My role is focused on helping to develop the College of Health and Social Care's research activity. This includes the development of bids, the conducting of research and the dissemination of findings. A key element of my role is in helping academics from across the College to engage with research.

Teaching responsibilities

Supervsion of MA Art Therapy students during independent scholarship module

Supervsion of PhD and Professioanl Doctoate students

PhD completions

Trisha Crocker – May 2018 - Me, Myself, and I:  Women's Perceptions of Their Body-image Using Clay Making as a Tool for Exploration

Professional interests

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. 

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 being 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 3rdsector organizations, helping them to evaluate educational projects aimed at preventing risk of sexual exploitation of girls and young women through work with vulnerable young people and potential perpetrators. 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.

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 a member of the British Sociological Association.


Undergraduate qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

Recent conferences

International experience

Overseas teaching (Erasmus)

Recent publications