Staff profile

Professor Susan Hogan

Professor in Arts & Health

Susan Hogan stood with her hands on her hips.


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



I am Professor of Arts and Health at the University.

I am interested in interdisciplinary research around women’s issues and the arts in health (I am qualified in arts administration, fine art, art therapy, cultural history and visual sociology). My books are:

I have also published over forty journal articles and book chapters on depictions of women and madness, the position of women within psychiatry, the transition to motherhood, and also on visual research methods. My most recent funded research, with the University of Nottingham, is on the idea of ‘mutual recovery’ using the arts and humanities in medical and other settings.

I am Series Editor of Gender in Global Health Humanities. Emerald Publishing.  

Teaching responsibilities

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

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.

Representing Self Representing Ageing

Recent work is ESRC funded, in collaboration with the University of Sheffield, Department of Sociological Studies, which is looking at representations 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 policymakers 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. More information on this project can be found online. The ESRC made a short film: about this collaborative research project: Monday's Child is Fair of Face. Economic and Social Research Council.

Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery

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. Central to the health humanities is the notion of mutual recovery – the idea that the sharing of creative practice and resources can promote resilience in mental health and well-being among professionals, informal carers and service users. This concept is emerging at a time when the burden of mental health remains considerable and a renewed emphasis on biomedical and neuroscientific solutions is accompanied by little confidence of success. At present, according to some studies, mental health problems affect as many as one in three or possibly even one in two people and constitute the second-greatest health burden after cardiovascular disease. Current community care approaches continue to deliver mixed results. Social isolation and exclusion are still growing. There are mounting fears that services users' trust is being undermined and that the public is becoming increasingly sceptical about mental health services. In the face of these challenges, the role and potential benefits of mutual recovery offer a new and valuable research theme. Crucially, they provide fertile ground for innovation, involvement and impact.

The Birth Project

The Birth Project is an arts-based research project, which has employed visual methods throughout, both as a means of elicitation, but also as a mode of dissemination of research results. It forms part of a larger investigation that has examined how creative practice, in the arts and humaitities, can promote the kinds of connectedness and reciprocity that support mental health and wellbeing. 

You can read The Birth Project - Final Research Report in full. You can also read The Birth Project Interim Report.

Our Project films can be viewed here.


Membership of professional bodies

Current Memberships

Professional Registration

Other memberships


Undergraduate qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

*Winner of the best overall performance award

Research qualifications

Recent conferences


July 19 Inaugural American Art Therapy Association/British Association of Art Therapists joint conference keynote speaker. What can the Art Therapy Offer to Public Health?

June 19 Cork Art Therapy Summer School 21-26 June. keynote speaker. The History of Art Therapy.

April 19 Narrative and the Visual Representation of Health, Illness, Recovery and Change.  Keynote speaker. University of Nottingham, Humanities.The Birth Project. 29.04.19.

Jan 19 Locating Health: Historical Perspectives on Human Care 1800-1848. Florence Nightingale. Was she a Feminist? Paper. 11.1.19. University of Nottingham, Humanities.

Oct 18 Arteterapia Para la Maternidad (Art Therapy in Maternity Services) International Seminar. Keynote speaker. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Educación Artística, Plástica y Visual. 24.10. 18.

Aug 18 7th International Health Humanities Conference.Keynote speaker. Changing Society: Community, Wellbeing and Transformation. The Birth Project and Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery2-4 Aug 18.

July 18 Creative Methods Symposium. Keynote speaker. University of Derby 2.7.18.

Jan 18 Royal Society for Public Health, Health & Wellbeing WebinarSeries. Arts and Mental Health: The Similarities and Differences Between Arts Therapies and Arts Practices. 9.1.18.

Nov 17 Arts and Health & Health Humanities. International Symposium. Keynote speaker. The Birth Project. Enterprise Centre, Derby 27-28.11.

Oct 16 International Workshop on Visual Participatory Methods: Perspectives in Ethnographic Research, Plenary Presentation.Paris-Sorbonne University, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales Paris. 17.10.16

Sep 16 The 5thInternational Health Humanities Conference. Keynote speaker& panel chair (three panels). University of Sevilla, Spain. 15-17.9.16.

May 16 The Creative Researcher.Keele University, School of Psychology. Visual Methods in Participatory Frameworks. Keynote speaker. 7-8.05.16.

Jun 15 Centre for Gender Research,Sheffield University, ICOSS. Keynote speaker.Gendered Methods Event. Exploring the Transition to Motherhood Using Visual Methods. 30.06.15.

Mar 15 Talking Bodies – Identity, Sexuality & Representation.University of Chester. Plenary film viewing and talk: Mothers Make Art. 1.4.15.

Nov 14 Gendering Happiness.The University of Hull Centre for Gender Studies. Plenary paper: The Tyranny of Expectations of Post-Natal Delight26.11.14.

Sep 14 Sharpening The View of Art Therapy in the 21stCentury. Symposium, The Cantonial Psychiatric Clinic, Wil, Switzerland. Keynote speaker. Visions for the Future of Art Therapy: Innovations in Theory, Methodology & Research & Workshop. 19-20th9.14.

Oct 13 From Moral Treatment to Psychological Therapies: Psychotherapeutics From the York Retreat to the Present Day. UCL Centre for the History of Psychological Disciplines. Keynote speaker: The History of Art Therapy.11-13.10.13.

Sep 13 Art in the Asylum. Keynote speaker on Edward Adamson. Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham. 11.9.13.

May 13 Arts & Sciences Researcher Forum, Research in the Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge. The Representing Self Representing Ageing Project. Plenary. 17.05.13.

Further Conference Papers and Guest Lecturing

Experience in industry

Endorsements for Art Therapy Theories

‘Hogan masterfully explores various theories… My own approach to teaching is changed because of this book… a must-read for students, educators and practitioners alike’. (Donna Betts, President of the American Art Therapy Association).

‘I found this book really enlightening and strongly recommend it.’ (Diane Waller OBE, President of the British Association of Art Therapists).

Art Therapy Theoriesby Susan Hogan is the book that I, as the executive director of an art therapy training programme and a professor, have been waiting for….’ (Helene Burt, former President of the Canadian Art Therapy Association).

‘… this is an essential read for a new generation of art therapists.’ (Annette Coulter, former President Australian and New Zealand Art Therapy Association).

Endorsement (extracts) for Inscribed on the Body

‘This fantastic book offers a welcome international overview… Susan Hogan and gathers perspectives from all the arts therapies which makes it a gripping read. I recommend it to all practitioners, from trainees to experienced arts therapists, as a source of information and knowledge that will be useful in everyday clinical work.’  (Dr Val Huet, Chief Executive Officer, British Association of Art Therapists).

‘At last we have a definitive book that takes a deep dive into the therapeutic issues imbued in gender, culture, identity, and the body….’  (Professor Christine Caldwell).

‘This important book provides a wide variety of perspectives that explore gender as a multifaceted social construct that is affected by sex, class, and cultural mores. It provides theoretical and research perspectives along with case studies that illustrate the use of a broad range of creative arts and arts interventions from those theoretical perspectives to support exploration and challenge of these constructs and perspectives via image and metaphor’. (Christianne Strang, President of the American Art Therapy Association).

‘A short endorsement cannot do justice to this very important book.... This remarkable book should be required reading for teachers, clinicians, therapists and all the rest.’ (Professor Sue Jennings).

‘Exploring and explaining the role of arts therapists in dismantling assumptions based in biological determinism and psychoanalytic theory makes for fascinating reading….’ (Professor Katrina McFerran, The University of Melbourne, Australia).

‘…. Essential in understanding arts therapy work with all clients, and in developing thinking and practical responses to complex areas, this book is both accessible and deeply provocative.’ (Professor Phil Jones,University College London).

‘…. With topics addressed including gender politics, identity politics, power and privilege, economic and social justice, and more – it holds immense appeal and relevance for scholars, clinicians and students alike.’  (Dr Donna Betts, Past President, the American Art Therapy Association; Clinical Research Advisor, Creative Forces, National Endowment for the Arts Military Healing Arts Network).

International experience

I have an international reputation in the field of the arts and health and my work is used internationally in arts and health training.

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

Hogan, S. 2020. Photography in Crawford, P., Brown, B., Charise, A. (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Health Humanities. Oxon: Routledge.

Hogan, S. 2020. Unnatural Women: Reflections on Discourses on Child Murder and Selective Mortal Neglect in LaChance-Adams, S. Cassidy, T., Hogan, S. (eds.) The Maternal Tug: Ambivalence, Identity, and Agency. Canada, Ontario: Demeter Press. pp. 247-261.

Hogan, S. 2019. Inscribed on the Body: Gender & Difference in the Arts Therapies in Hogan, S. (ed.) Gender and Difference in the Arts Therapies – Inscribed on the Body. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge pp. 1-12.

Hogan, S. 2019. Arts Therapies and Gender Issues in Hogan, S. (ed.) Arts Therapies & Gender in International Arts Therapies Research.Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge pp. 3-14.

Hogan, S. 2019. Birth Shock! in Hogan, S. (ed.) Arts Therapies & Gender Issues. International Perspectives on Research. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge pp. 90-110.

Hogan, S. & Bradfield, E. 2018. Creative Ageing. The Social Policy Challenge in Amigoni, D. & McMullan, G. (eds.) Creativity in Later Life. Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge pp.31-46.

Hogan, S. 2018. Gender Representation, Power and Identity in Mental Health and Art Therapy in Hadley, B. & McDonald, D. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Disability, Arts, Culture & Media. Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge. pp.137-148.

Hogan, S. 2017. Arts and Health in Stickley, T. (ed.) Community-Based Arts, Health and Wellbeing in Britain in Arts Health & Wellbeing: A Theoretical Enquiry. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. p.219-235.

Hogan, S. 2017. Birth Professionals Make Art. Using Participatory Arts to Think About Being a Birthing Professional. Creative Practices for Improving Health and Social Inclusion. 5th International Health Humanities Conference, Seville. Conference Proceedings. Seville: University of Seville. pp. 115-123. 

Hogan S. 2017. Working Across Disciplines: Using Visual Methods in Participatory Frameworks in Pink, S., Fors, V. & O’Dell, T. (eds.). Theoretical Scholarship and Applied Practice. London: Berghahn. pp. 142-166. ISBN  978-1-78533-416-0.

Hogan, S. 2017. The Tyranny of Expectations of Post-Natal Delight: Gendering Happiness: the Power of Pleasure. Journal of Gender Studies. Special Issue: Gendering Happiness. Vol. 26. 1, 45-56. Published online 2016. DOI: 10.1080/09589236.2016.1223617

Hogan, S., Sheffield, D., Woodward, A. 2017. The Value of Art Therapy in Antenatal and Postnatal Care: A Brief Literature Review. International Journal of Art Therapy (IJAT, formerly Inscape). Vol. 22. 4, 169-179. DOI: 10.1080/17454832.2017.1299774

Stickley, T., Parr, H., Atkinson, S., Daykin, N., Clift, S., TiaDe, N., Hacking, S., Camic, P., Joss, T., White, M. & Hogan, S. 2017. Arts, Health & Wellbeing: Reflections on a National Seminar Series and Building a UK Research Network, Arts & Health. An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice. Vol. 9. 1,14-25. Published online 2016. May 10. DOI:10.1080/17533015.2016.1166142.

Hogan, S. 2016. “Age is Just a Number Init?”. Interrogating Perceptions of Ageing Women within Social Gerontology. Women’s Studies. An Interdisciplinary Journal. Vol. 45. 1, 57-77. ISSN: 0049-7878 print / 1547-7045 online. DOI: 10.1080/00497878.2015.1040548.

Hogan, S., Baker, C., Cornish, S., McCloskey, P., Watts, L. 2015. Birth Shock: Exploring Pregnancy, Birth and the Transition to Motherhood Using Participatory Arts in Burton, N. (ed.) Natal Signs: Representations of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Parenthood. Canada: Demeter Press. pp.272-269. ISBN: 978-1-926452-32-6.

Hogan, S. 2015. Interrogating Women’s Experience of Ageing - Reinforcing or Challenging Clichés? The International Journal of the Arts in Society: Annual Review Vol. 9. 1, 1-18. (This essay won their annual prize). ISSN: 1833-1866.

Hogan, S. 2015. Mothers Make Art: Using Participatory Art to Explore the Transition to Motherhood. Journal of Applied Arts & Health Vol. 6. 1, 23-32. ISSN: 20402457.

Hogan, S. 2015. Lost in Translation? Inter-Cultural Exchange in C, E. Myers & Brooke, S. L. (eds.) Therapists Creating a Cultural Tapestry Using the Creative Therapies Across Cultures. Springfield, Il: Charles C. Thomas. pp.11-25. ISBN: 978-0-398-08128-7.  

Hogan, S. & Cornish, S. 2014. Unpacking Gender in Art Therapy: The elephant at the art therapy easel. International Journal of Art Therapy (IJAT, formerly Inscape). Vol. 19. 3, 122–134. DOI: 10.1080/17454832.2014.961494

Hogan, S. & Warren, L. 2013. Women’s Inequality: A Global Problem Explored in Participatory Arts. International Perspectives on Research-Guided Practice in Community-Based Arts in Health. Special Issue UNESCO Observatory Vol. 3. Issue 3. pp.1-27. ISSN: 1835 – 2776.

Hogan, S. 2013. Your Body is a Battleground: Women and Art Therapy. The Arts in Psychotherapy. Special Issue: Gender & the Creative Arts Therapies. Vol. 40. 4, 415-419. ISSN: 0197-4556.

Hogan, S. 2013. Peripheries & Borders. Pushing the Boundaries of Visual Research. Inscape: International Journal of Art Therapy. Vol. 18. 2, 1-8. ISSN: 1745-4832 (Paper) 1745-4840 (Online). DOI: 10.1080/17454832.2013.797480.

Hogan, S. and Warren, L. 2012. Dealing With Complexity in Research Findings: How do Older Women Negotiate & Challenge Images of Ageing? Journal of Women & Ageing. Volume 24. 4, 329-350. DOI:10.1080/08952841.2012.708589.

Hogan, S. 2012. Post-modernist but Not Post-feminist! A Feminist Post-modernist Approach to Working with New Mothers in Burt, H. (ed.) Creative Healing Through a Prism. Art Therapy and Postmodernism. London: Jessica Kingsley. pp.70-82.

Hogan, S. 2012. Ways in which Photographic & Other Images are Used in Research: An Introductory Overview. Inscape: International Journal of Art Therapy. Vol. 17. 2, 54-62. ISSN: 1745-4832 (Paper) 1745-4840 (Online).

Hogan, S. & Pink, S. 2011. Visualising Interior Worlds: Interdisciplinary Routes to Knowing in Pink, S. (ed.) Advances in Visual Methodology. London: Sage. pp.230-248.

Pink, S., Hogan, S. & Bird, J. 2011. Intersections & Inroads: Art Therapy’s Contribution to Visual Methods. Inscape: International Journal of Art Therapy, Vol.16. 1,14-19. ISSN: 1745-4832 (Paper) 1745-4840 (Online).

Hogan, S. 2011. Images of Broomhall, Sheffield. Urban Violence & Using the Arts as a Research Aid. Visual Anthropology. Vol. 24 5, 266-280. Print ISSN: 0894-9468 Online ISSN: 1545-5920

Hogan, S. 2011 in Wood, C. (ed.) Navigating Art Therapy. A Therapist’s Companion. I contributed entries on ‘feminist art therapy’; ‘reductive interpretation’ and ‘post-modernism’. London: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-22319-5.

Hogan, S. & Pink, S. 2010 Routes to Interiorities: Art Therapy, Anthropology & Knowing in Anthropology. Visual Anthropology. Routledge. Vol. 23. 2, 158-174. Print ISSN: 0894-9468 Online ISSN: 1545-5920.

Hogan, S. 2009. The Art Therapy Continuum: An Overview of British Art Therapy Practice. Inscape: International Journal of Art Therapy.Vol. 12. 1, 29-37. ISSN: 1745-4832 (Paper) 1745-4840 (Online).

Hogan, S. 2009. A Brief History of Art Therapy in Scotland. International Arts Therapies Journal (Online). Vol. 8. ISSN: 1476-2900.

Hogan, S. 2008. The Beestings: Rethinking Breast-Feeding Practices, Maternity Rituals, & Maternal Attachment in Britain & Ireland.Journal of International Women’s Studies (JIWS). Vol. 10. 2, 141-160. ISSN: 1539-8706.

Hogan, S. 2008. Angry Mothers in Liebmann, M. (ed.) Art Therapy & Anger. London: Jessica Kingsley Press. pp.197-211. ISBN: 978-1-84310-425-4.

S. Hogan. 2007. Rage and Motherhood Interrogated and Expressed Through Art Therapy. Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Art Therapy Association. October 2007. Vol. 2. 1, 58-66. ISSN:1833-9948.

Hogan, S. 2006. The Tyranny of the Maternal Body: Maternity and Madness. Women’s History Magazine. Women’s History Association. No. 54. Autumn, 21-30. ISSN: 1476-6760.

Hogan, S. 2004. An Introduction to Art Therapy: Further Reflections on Teaching Art Therapy at an Introductory Level: Part Two.Journal of the Australian National Art Therapy Association. Vol. 16. 1,8-11.

Hogan, S. 2004. An Introduction to Art Therapy: Further Reflections on Teaching Art Therapy at an Introductory Level: Part One. Journal of the Australian National Art Therapy Association. Vol. 15. 3,15-23.

Hogan, S. 2004. E Arte Catarsi Cinema in Arti Terapie Journal of the Italian Art Therapy Association. April/May. pp. 6-12.

Hogan, S. 2004. Reflections on Experiential Learning. Journal of the Australian National Art Therapy Association.  Vol. 15. 2,16-20.

Hogan, S. 2003. Some Problems with the Idea of Objectivity in Qualitative Research Methodology. International Journal of Arts Therapies (Online). Vol. 2. ISSN: 1476-2900.

Hogan, S. 2001. Narratives of Pregnancy and Childbirth. International Arts Therapies Journal  (Online).  Vol.  1. Dec. ISSN: 1476-2900.

Hogan, S. Forward to Kopytin, A. 2001. Systematic Art Therapy. St Petersburg: Piter Press. pp.5-8.

Hogan, S. 2001. Approaches to Feminist Art Therapy and Gender Issues in Art Therapy. in Kossolapow, L., Scoble, S., Waller, D. (eds.)  Arts-Therapies Communication. On the Way to a Communicative European Arts Therapy. Vol. 1. Munster: Lit. p.p.108-113. ISBN:3-8258-5728-x.

Hogan, S. 2000. Art Therapy Pioneer Edward Adamson: A Non-interventionist Approach. History of Psychiatry. Vol. 11. 3. (43), 259-273.  ISBN: 2-13-048550-2; ISSN: 022-1179.

Birth Project art

The Birth Project

The Birth Project uses the arts to explore the impact of birth, not only on new mothers but on obstetricians, midwives, doulas and birth-partners.

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