Staff profile

Talia Padilla


Talia Padilla at Derby University Kedleston Road campus


Therapeutic Arts


College of Health and Social Care


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist (DMP) and Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) Analyst with teaching, research, and clinical experience. As a university lecturer, I draw from a combined educational background in music, psychotherapy, yoga and dance, to interweave body awareness, movement and creativity while working on the psychological and educational aspects in my classes. My work is enriched by a multicultural background. I was born in Mexico and have lived in USA, India, Spain and UK. Exposure to diversity enriches my perception of how people from diverse cultures have different ways of thinking, moving and being in the world. I have worked with children and adults in multiple settings, such as cancer palliative care in a hospital; behaviour, trauma, and other emotional issues within an educational setting; and infant/child-caregiver relationships. 

Teaching responsibilities

I am Module leader for the Research, Theory and Skills and the Supervision Modules. I also teach in the Movement Observation and Analysis and Body of Work modules.

Research interests

Research interests include impact of cultural clashes in movement patterns, cultural differences in movement in the migrant community, caregiver-child relationships, and the use of movement as a support tool.

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