I am a 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:
Feminist Approaches to Art Therapy (1997)
Healing Arts: The History of Art Therapy (2001)
Gender Issues in Art Therapy (2003)
Conception Diary: Thinking About Pregnancy and Childbirth (2006)
Revisiting Feminist Approaches to Art Therapy (2012)
The Introductory Guide to Art Therapy (2013)
Art Therapy Theories. A Critical Introduction (2016)
Gender and Difference in the Arts Therapies – Inscribed on the Body (2019)
Arts Therapies & Gender in International Arts Therapies Research (2020)
The Maternal Tug: Ambivalence, Identity, and Agency (2020)
Therapeutic Arts in Pregnancy, Birth and New Parenthood (2020)
Photography. Arts for Health Series (contract signed for delivery in 2021)
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.
The relationship between the arts and insanity and the role of the arts in rehabilitation
Visual arts-based research/creative research methods
Ante-natal care; motherhood; post-natal depression (and the use of the arts)
The arts as therapy - art, drama, dance-movement, photo therapy, and music therapy
Recent and Current Doctor of Practice and PhD students are:
Jean Bennett. Touching Art, Touching What? The Role of Haptic Perception in 3D Art Therapy Practice.
Emily Bradfield. Creative Ageing: Art for Health in Older Age.
Emily-Rose Cluderay. Performing Motherhood: Using Creative Baby-wearing Dance Practice to Facilitate Embodied Awareness and Ways of Knowing.
A. Fletcher. A Qualitative Study to Explore the Effectiveness of a Visual Methodology.
Kate Phillips. Art for Health: Art Therapy and Participatory Art for the Well-being of Refuges and Asylum Seekers.
Sally Rose. A Practice-based Enquiry into the Development of Mindfulness-based Stress Regulation Using the Workable Ranges Model.
Catherine Williams. The Impact of Migration on African Caribbean Family Relationships.
Silvia Wyder. The House as a Symbolic Representation of the Self.
Publication and Grant Reviewer
Art Therapy. The Journal of the American Art Therapy Association
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Berghahn Books (visual anthropology series)
The British Psychological Society
Drug and Alcohol Review
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Gender and Society
International Journal of Arts in Psychotherapy
Journal of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs (APSAD)
The Leverhulme Trust
Journal of Sociology
National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM)
RANNIS: The Icelandic Centre for Research, Reykjavik
Routledge (Mental Health)
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. Funded research projects are:
GiVE - Girls into Vocational Education
Creating sensory ethnographies through symbolic-object curating, collage and art-making
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHRC) has identified that refugee children's participation in mainstream schooling in many refugee host countries (RHCs) is substantially lower than their settled peers and that for girls the gap is even more significant. Furthermore, the gap between refugee girls, their settled peers and refugee boys widens, as girls get older. This is often attributed to social and cultural traditions that under-value girls' education and limit their participation in activities outside the home or immediate community setting. This project is exploring the vocational work girls and women undertake and the contribution they make to the well-being and development of families and communities using a range of creative research methods.
GiVE is working with women teachers as co-researchers to bring together girls, mothers, carers and female community organisers together in safe, school-based settings, to build sensory ethnographies through symbolic-object curating, collage and image-making. As Pahl and Rowsell (2011) have explained, "Stories connected to objects and home experiences can provide a platform and starting point for text-making….”
This work will create new insights into the life-worlds of girls and women with forced migration experiences. GiVE seeks to give voice and agency to girls and women in a research field that is largely silent about the realities of their vocational lives and to explore the private and public contributions girls’ and women's vocational practices make to the cohesion and sustainability of fragile, often emergent, communities.
By training women teachers as co-researchers and arts-based practice facilitators and foregrounding their own concept making about gender and education GiVE will empower women teachers to become advocates for girls' education, change-agents in school, and to build sustainable community networks that have the capacity to champion girls’ educational experience and support social cohesion over the longer term.
Collaborating with Haripur University in Pakistan, an in-depth study will be undertaken to ‘test’ methods and approaches and develop resources and strategies that will then be rolled out and piloted in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Turkey and Uganda.
This is an Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) supported project, Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Collective Programme, (grant reference AK/02/20 PNF 3499). This project will run though 2021-2022.
Birth Shock! Follow-on Funding for Impact & Engagement
Our aim is to enhance the impact of The Birth Project, which was funded by the AHRC, through engaging with further new non-academic, and trainee professional audiences, via the sharing and development of compelling resources, which we will negotiate to be adopted by the training institutions as part of their curriculums and to generate persuasive evidence of this impact.
Our current initiative stems from a recently completed project on the experience of birth, the trauma that can follow it, and the role of the arts and creative practices in helping express and, ultimately, mitigate negative consequences. The Birth Project focused on mothers and empowered them to articulate their own experiences. In addition, it has also helped emphasise the impact of the birthing process on all those related to it: partners, midwives and health professionals. As a result, we have managed to elucidate the complex discourses surrounding birth and trauma from a multiplicity of perspectives. Furthermore, we managed to capture these voices, through filming workshops, to make a lasting statement about the reality of birth, using the power of the art and personal testimony of those filmed. We intend to use these films as an educational resource and make them part of the formal training that health and medical professionals undergo, so they become integrated into curricula. Both the quantitative and the self-report data that were collected during this project point to this need. Additional supporting educational resources, to help institutions use the films, will be developed and shared over a twelve-month period. A robust assessment of the material’s impact will be undertaken. New and international non-academic audiences will also be engaged. Public engagement with policy and practice audiences will follow.
This is an Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) supported follow-on funding grant for impact & engagement. Birth Shock: An Application to Support Innovative and Creative Engagements with New Non-Academic Audiences & User Communities to Stimulate Pathways to Impact, (Grant reference: AH/V000926/1). It will run through 2021.
DARE - Digital Arts for Refugee Engagement
The world has witnessed the highest levels of displacement on record (approximately 70.8 million people) fleeing war, persecution and conflict (IMF 2020). Many displaced people face protracted situations, with no prospect of return and with the need to adjust to the long-term pressures of forced displacement. Social cohesion and integration in refugee host countries with pre-existing socio-economic development challenges such as vocational training and education imposes considerable extra demands on refugees and the receiving communities. Refugees and disadvantaged youth in host communities are competing for limited access to vocational education and training.
DARE is an exploratory research project on the role of arts-based activities. Using arts-based approaches combined with digital literacy, the project participants (refugee youth, working with the host community) will co-create drama, music, video, still images, digital storytelling and other forms of expression to negotiate narratives from their situated perspectives and lived experiences to develop the skills of engagement and agency, together with the capability and confidence to access vocational education and training. DARE will generate new arts-based activities in Turkey and Bangladesh and enable young refugees to participate in these and to take the lead on enhancing them with their existing digital literacy skills.
DARE's research team will bring together research expertise in digital literacies, arts, literacy and agency, lifelong learning and vocational education with practitioners in refugee camps in Turkey and Bangladesh. This exploratory project will take learning from our previous development project in the two countries BREDEP (see below).
The refugee youth we work with in the two countries and their host communities will share experiences, cultures and values through the creative hubs we shall facilitate, which will also harness and develop their digital literacy skills. DARE will bridge the gap between unskilled youth, vocational education and training access and the labour market as well as supporting refugee youths in their progression to adulthood.
Professor Susan Hogan is a Co-Investigator. This is a UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)Collective Program Partnership Development Award. (AHRC Grant Reference AH/V005456/1). It will run until 2022.
Creative Network Plus: Baseline Research and Development Project (BREDEP).
By the end of 2017, persecution, violence and war had forced over 68 million people to flee their home nations and seek safety in foreign countries, which exceeds all previous records for global forced displacement (UNHCR, 2018). Despite of the many refugee-hosting countries (RHC) being low and middle-income countries ( LMICs), often with inadequate resources to meet the demands of this refugee influx. It has been recognised that cultural and creative industries (CCIs) have positively contributed towards fostering intercultural dialogue between host communities and refugees in RHCs (UNESCO, 2018). However, could technologies scale up such creativity to act as an 'enabler' for RY integration or access to vocational education and training (VET) the RHCs? Given the insufficient resources and lack of necessary infrastructure to facilitate much needed inclusive refugee integration systems, and the focus being put on primary and secondary school enrolment as well as humanitarian interventions, there is only weak research evidence from RHCs' perspective.
Developed as a part of the GCRF Education in Conflict and Crisis Research portfolio, this project is aimed at providing baseline research for an interdisciplinary arts and social science network plus- (Creative Network) which aims to investigate how innovations in technologies (mobile and digital) can support CCIs for Refugee Youth (RY) (young people aged 16-32 years) that will enable better integration and access to VET in the Network-hosting communities of 6 of the world's top 10 RHCs - Turkey, Uganda, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Lebanon and Ethiopia. This project will advance our theoretical understanding, build strong, equitable and sustainable partnerships, and support the engagement of the Creative Network's stakeholders.
This is an Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project (grant reference AH/T005572/1)
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 skeptical 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.
Births can be traumatising for all involved; obstetricians and midwives are subject to very different stresses to the women they serve. Yet all those witnessing the birth (and death) of babies may also be traumatised - both professionals and birth-partners. Furthermore, hospital protocols, coupled with the unpredictability of birthing itself, can override what women want and expect in terms of a birth experience, leaving some women frankly in shock, which then can have a knock-on effect on infant development. The Birth Project uses the arts to explore this complex and emotive field.
Throughout the course of the research, parents and birth workers have been given the opportunity to explore their experiences of compassion fatigue, stress, birth suffering and post-natal readjustments using the arts: drawing and painting, photography, photo- diaries and art elicitation in participatory arts community workshops, primarily through art-making and elucidation of the artworks produced. A major component of the research is that it is filmed by Sheffield Vision and that the films are then being edited in such a way as to address the research questions. The films can be viewed here: https://www.derby.ac.uk/research/centres-groups/health-and-social-care-research-centre/the-birth-project/the-birth-project-films/
The aim of this study was to use the arts to interrogate birth discourses, to challenge embedded assumptions, and in this process, to stimulate mutual recovery between all those who experience and are affected by birth.
The research questions are:
What role might arts engagement have to play in ante-natal and post-natal care?
To what extent are hospital practices, that are iatrogenic in nature, implicated in post-natal distress?
To what extent is ‘mutual recovery’ possible through engagement with the arts, and if so, to establish what form this may take?
What, in particular, does an arts-based approach offer in exploring birth experiences and the transition to motherhood?
Art elicitation workshops can increase participants’ awareness and understanding of their birth experiences.
It is less the actual intervention itself in childbirth, rather the quality of the engagement between health professionals and the birthing mother which is of crucial importance to mother’s birth experiences of well-being
Image-making and reflection can validate difficult birth experiences and mediate stress
Supportive art group experiences can help mothers in the transition to new motherhood
Supportive art group experiences increase confidence and self-esteem
The overall experience of being in the groups greatly enhanced the women’s sense of wellbeing
Birth professionals found the arts useful as an analytic tool for helping them to think about their practice
Birth professionals found engaging in a supportive art group experiences allowed them to reflect ‘holistically’
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. (ESRC grant reference: res – 356-25-0040).
Membership of professional bodies
Professorial Fellow, Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham
International Advisory Boardfor the International Health Humanities Network
Senior Fellow, Royal Society of Public Health
Health Professions Council (HPC) Art Therapist. Registration number AS.00214
Prof Association for Creative Art Therapists in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. AATR. Registration number P19900S-015
Arts, Health and Wellbeing SIG - Royal Society for Public Health Special Interest Group Steering Group Member: Arts, Health and Wellbeing (which is also proposed has served an advisory function for the All Party Parliamentary Group Inquiry on Arts Health and Wellbeing)
Association for Medical Humanities
British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT)
Centre for Research into Arts Therapies, Advisory Committee Member. Imperial College, London
Forum for Research Through the Arts. Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). Cambridge University
ICAPT: International Centre for Arts Therapies Training in Mental Health. Central and North West London NHS Trust
International Health Humanities Network
International Society for Cultural History
International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA)
National Alliance for Arts Health and Wellbeing
University of Warwick, Centre for the History of Medicine. Associate Member
Visual Studies Group, University of Sheffield
BA (Hons) Drawing and Painting, Edinburgh College of Arts
Postgraduate Diploma in Art Therapy, University of Hertfordshire
MA Degree in Arts Administration, City University London
MA in Social Science Research Methods with distinction*, Sheffield Hallam University
*Winner of the best overall performance award
PhD in Cultural History, University of Aberdeen
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 18Royal 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
Sept 15 ECARTE (European Consortium for Arts Therapies). Making Meaning and Contesting Clichéd Visual Representations of Motherhood: Towards Greater Diversity. 16-19/9.
June 15 Centre for Gender Research, Sheffield University, ICOSS. Invited speaker. Gendered Methods Event. Exploring the Transition to Motherhood Using Visual Methods. 30.06.15.
June 15 Motherhood and Culture. International and Interdisciplinary Conference. Maynooth University, Co. Kildare, Ireland. Motherhood and Visual Culture: Mothers Make Art. 17.06.15
Apr 15 Maternal Subjectivities. Psychology/Psychoanalysis, Literature and the Arts. Case Internazionale Delle Donne, Roma. International Premier Film Showing of The Birth Project Art Elicitation Group Story and paper Twin Boys My Least Preferred Choice: Child Loss, Self-identity, Sexuality and Motherhood 23-24.4.15.
Mar 15 Talking Bodies – Identity, Sexuality and Representation. University of Chester. Plenary: Mothers Make Art. 1.4.15.
Nov 14 Gendering Happiness. The University of Hull Centre for Gender Studies. Paper: The Tyranny of Expectations of Post-Natal Delight26.11.
Sept 14 Sharpening The View of Art Therapy in the 21st Century. Symposium, The Cantonial Psychiatric Clinic, Wil, Switzerland. Keynote Speaker. Visions for the Future of Art Therapy: Innovations in Theory, Methodology and Research and Workshop.
June 14 University of Newcastle Visual Insights. Paper. Birthing Identities: Visual Explorations. 26/6.
May 14 Mothers, Mothering And Motherhood FromAncient To Contemporary Times Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI).Athens, Greece. Hellenic Education and Research Center (HERC) May 23-24, 2014. Exploring Birthing Identities: Transitions to Motherhood.
Dec 13 Centre for Social Futures (SoFu), The Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham. Creative Practice for Mutual Recovery Introduction and Film viewing. 6/12/13.
Oct 13 Off The Shelf Festival of Words. Ideas Live. Images of Ageing (with Dr Lorna Warren) The Showroom. 31/10/13.
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 Lecture: The History of Art Therapy. 11-13.10.13.
Sept13 Art in the Asylum. Keynote Lecture on Edward Adamson. Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham. 11.9.13.
July 13 International Visual Sociology Association. Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. Visual Methods. Interrogating and Resisting Misogynistic and Discriminatory Representations of Women in Older Age. 08.07.13
July 13 Connected Communities Showcase, Edinburgh (AHRC) Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery. Visual Methodologies. 2013. Premier Film Viewing. 4.07.13
June 13 Culture, Health and Wellbeing Conference, Bristol. Representing Self Representing Ageing. Paper 25.06.2013.
June 13 Feminist and Women’s Studies Association. Nottingham University. Frailty, Thy Name is Woman! Resistance to Misogynistic and Discriminatory Representations of Women in Older Age. University of Nottingham 22.06.2013.
May 13 Arts and Sciences Researcher Forum, Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge. The Representing Self Representing Ageing Project. 17.05.13.
Mar 13 University of Derby Annual Research Conference. An Impact Case Study for the REF: Representations of Gender in Contemporary Britain. Film Screening Look at Me! Project Film.
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).
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
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.
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. 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 ofGender 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.
Dr Susan Hogan, Professor of Arts and Health at the University of Derby, examines how art-making can provide a means for women to express and understand their changed sense of self-identity and sexuality as a result of pregnancy and motherhood.
Ahead of Mother’s Day, Susan Hogan, Professor in Therapeutic Arts, explains how taking up art can help women come to terms with being a new mum, help prevent postnatal depression and give their children the best start in life.
Posted: 21 March 2017
By: Professor Susan Hogan
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.