Staff profile

Katy Tozer

Lecturer in Therapeutic Arts

Kay Tozer at our Markeaton Street site.


Therapeutic Arts


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Allied Health and Social Care


Britannia Mill, Derby Campus



I am currently a Lecturer in Therapeutic Arts which is part of the College of Health & Social care. My role involves teaching across UG and PG programmes as well as being research active in the department. I have been a lecturer here at the University of Derby since 2012. I was Programme Leader for the MA Dramatherapy programme from 2015- 2017.

As a HCPC registered Dramatherapist I supervise MA trainees with their clinical work on placement. In addition, I also supervise UG and PG students with their research projects.

Some of my passions as an educator are making Higher Education accesible for all and bringing artistic creativity into learning spaces.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on several modules on the MA Dramatherapy programme covering topics such as arts-based research methods, clinical practice and a range of different theoretical perspectives.

I also teach on the Creative Expressive Therapies BA(Hons) programme, specialising in drama modules as well as helping students to develop their facilitative and reflective skills.

Owing to my expertise in drama, I have also assisted colleagues in programmes across the University bring performance to their teaching.

I have a PGCertHE teaching qualification which I gained in 2015.

Research interests

I have a particular interest in working with group processes and dynamics. Some of my research has been involved in looking as the impact of institutional dynamics and how these might affect student/teacher relationships in the classroom.

In 2018 I was sucessful in gaining some funding to research the phenomena of erotic transference in the Arts Therapies profession. This research is ongoing.

Arts-based research methodologies are also of particular interest to me as I believe these have the potential to deepen the research enquiry and offer perspectives that are overlooked in traditional research methods.

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

Clinically, my experience as a Dramatherapist has be mainly working in CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services). I have experience in working with mental ill health affecting families as well as with homeless communities.

I have also worked with adults in a variety of settings, again, this has predominantly been working with emotional trauma and mental health problems.

In terms of academia, I am currently the external examiner for two programmes at Bishop's Grossteste University.

I am also a panel member for the HCPC's Fitness to Practice tribunal service.

International experience

I have been a visiting lecturer at several institions both nationally and internationlly as well as having attending several conferences relating to educational practice and the arts therapies.

Additional interests and activities

I have been a founding member of XYZ Theatre Company since inception in 2016. Our most recent show ‘The Host’ has been performed at various national and international venues throughout 2017-18. As an emerging theatre company our approach is grounded in creating work that stimulates the imagination of the audience, allowing them to project and create their own personal meaning.

In the media

XYZ Theatre Company

Recent publications

Bird, D. & Tozer, K. (2016) Towards a drama therapy pedagogy: an a/r/tographic study using dramatic improvisation, Drama Therapy Review, Vol. 2:1


Bird, D. & Tozer, K. (2018) An a/r/tographic exploration of engagement in theatrical performance: what does this mean for the student/teacher relationship? Arts and Humanities in Higher Education ,


Tozer, K. (2018) ‘Re-thinking uncertainty in higher education using Klein’s concepts of the paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions’ in Clive Holmwood & Judie Taylor (Eds.) Learning as a Creative and Developmental Process in Higher Education. Oxford, Routledge.