Staff profile

Professor Susan Hogan

Professor in Cultural Studies and Art Therapy and College Research Development Lead


Therapeutic Arts


College of Health and Social Care


School of Allied Health and Social Care

Research centre

Health and Social Care Research Centre, University Professorial Council


Britannia Mill, Derby Campus



Professor in Cultural Studies and Art Therapy

Head of Postgraduate Research Studies, Scholarship and Research Strategy Co-ordinator, College of Health and Social Care.
Research Development Lead, College of Health and Social Care Research Centre.
Co-Research Director – College of Health and Social Care Research Centre.

Teaching responsibilities

I am a supervisor at MA and PhD levels. I supervise academic work in the following broad areas:

I serve as module leader of 'Service and Practice Development' (the independent scholarship development module for the Doctor of Health and Social Care Practice, PrD) in which students select and refine their research methods, develop their research protocols and prepare for ethical clearance. I also contribute to the MA art therapy theory module, and the Independent Scholarship module of the MA in Art Therapy.

Professional interests

Publication and Grant Reviewer

Research interests

I have research interests in the history of medicine. I have written extensively on the relationship between the arts, insanity, and the role of the arts in rehabilitation. I am also very interested in the treatment of women within psychiatry and maternity care. Recent work is ESRC funded, in collaboration with the University of Sheffield, Department of Sociological Studies, which is looking at representions of older women. The aim of this study is to use the creative arts to negotiate and challenge images of ageing and explore their contribution to participatory approaches to research in social gerontology. The study will ask how media and cultural representations of older people have conveyed ideas and expectations about age and gender. The aims are to: enable older women drawn from different community settings to create their own images of ageing using a variety of visual and textual methods; explore the relationship between cultural and creative activity and later life well-being; reflect upon the contribution of visual 'real life methods' to participatory processes; demonstrate the contribution of arts and humanities to critical gerontology; enhance recognition, by policy makers and the wider public, of the authority, wisdom and productivity of older women.

Recent research funding has been to look at representations of older women using visual research methods. For more on this project see: The ESRC made a short film: about this collaborative research project: Monday's Child is Fair of Face. Economic and Social Research Council.

Other recent collaborative research: Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery: Connecting Communities for Mental Health and Well-Being (AHRC Communities, Cultures, Health and Wellbeing Research Grants, Cross-council Programme). Consortia Bid of 1.5 million (co-investigator and stream lead) from 1/5/2013 (AHRC grant ref. AH/K003364/1). The Birth Project is using participatory arts to explore birthing from the perspectives of mothers and birth professionals.

Membership of professional bodies

Professional Registration

Current Memberships

Professorial Fellow, Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham.

Royal Society for Public Health Special Interest Group Steering Group Member: Arts, Health and Wellbeing (which is also proposed as serving an advisory function for the All Party Parliamentary Group Inquiry on Arts Health and Wellbeing).

Other memberships


Undergraduate qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

*Winner of the best overall performance award

Research qualifications

Recent conferences

Recent Conference Papers and Guest Lecturing

International experience

Professor Susan Hogan has an international reputation in the field of the arts and health.


Additional interests and activities

Clinical Interests

I am a Health Professions Council Registered art therapist, and I have supervisor status with BAAT, and substantial clinical experience as an art therapist. Until recently, I was involved in clinical practice supervising art therapists who work in adult psychiatry and CMHS. My specialist clinical areas are in sexual abuse, post-natal adjustment, and adult psychiatry. I have conducted work with pregnant women and women who have recently given birth, offering art therapy to give support to women and an opportunity for them to explore their changed sense of self-identity and sexuality as a result of pregnancy and motherhood. I have published extensively on this topic.

Recent publications

I have written extensively on the relationship between the arts and insanity, and the role of the arts in rehabilitation, particularly in relation to the position of women.


Journal Articles and Book Chapters (Recent) 

Blog Posts

Susan Hogan, Professor in Therapeutic Arts at the University of Derby, explains why women should take up art after giving birth based on new research.