Research Members


Dr Beatrice Allegranti

Beatrice is a hybrid practitioner and researcher. She is Reader in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at the University of Roehampton, Convener for MA/PhD in Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Director for the new Centre for Arts Therapies Research (CATR) and course leader for the first European DMP Supervision Training at the University of Roehampton. Her experience encompasses both artistic (UK and international dance performance and film) and clinical dance movement psychotherapy and supervision (UK NHS and international adult mental health work including the following areas: dementia; learning disabilities; autistic spectrum disorders; eating disorders; depression; schizophrenia; borderline personality disorder). Currently, Beatrice has a small private practice in London.

Research Interests: Material Feminisms; embodiment studies; the boundaries between dance movement psychotherapy and choreography; practice-based research; interdisciplinary methodologies; science-arts collaborations; using film as social and clinical intervention; intra-actions between language and the moving body.


Claire Burrell

Claire's current Dance Movement Psychotherapy practice has evolved through extensive work in collaborative dance performance and investigation into dance improvisation. Her initial training as a dancer was received at The Arts Educational Schools which, after many years of teaching, performing and devising work, was followed by Post Graduate studies at Roehampton University in Dance Movement Psychotherapy. As a dancer she has collaborated on many projects, significantly devising and performing work for the experimental site specific dance company seven sisters group. Registered as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist for 10 years, her current clinical practice is in adult mental health. Within the NHS she delivers inpatient acute ward DMP groups and an outpatient service which offers both long and short term treatment groups. For many years she has run movement based therapy groups at Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers and Refugees, supporting clients through the many stages of their journeys. In 2012 Claire completed the Supervision Training Course for Dance Movement Psychotherapy at Roehampton University and has since contributed to the MA programme through the supervision of first year student's field work placements. She has recently participated in research gathering data to evidence Body Oriented Psychotherapy as a treatment for the Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia (Dr. F. Roricht and Nina Papadopoulos) Currently, she is developing her interest in making short films; capturing movement processes, patterns and significant moments in time.

Dr Lewis Goodings

Research Interests: Classic issues in social psychology such as identity, the self and the body. Computer-mediated communication and a qualitative form of social psychology exploring the broader social dynamics of technology, discourse and organisation.

Yeva Feldman

Research Interests: Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Eating disorders, Gestalt approaches to Dance Movement Psychotherapy.

Lisa Gordon Clark

After obtaining a first class degree in Psychology from Southampton University, Lisa went on to complete a PGCE, envisaging a career as an Educational Psychologist. But six happy years as a Primary School teacher later, she no longer felt that was the path for me, so following motherhood she side tracked to a Certificate in Dramatherapy at Roehampton where she first came across Play Therapy and realised she had found the ultimate profession. Since qualifying in 1996 Lisa has had a busy, challenging and fulfilling clinical practice, her freelance work now running alongside my lecturing role here at the University where she trained: happy to be passing that inspiration on. Lisa was on the Board of BAPT (British Association of Play Therapists) for 11 years and for the past five years she has been Editor of the annually-published British Journal of Play Therapy.

Research Interests: Play Therapy, Interventions when working with children.

Rachel Darnely-Smith

Research Interests: Aesthetics of Free Improvisation in Music Therapy, Music Therapy with Older Adults and in acute psychiatric settings, Philosophy and Psychoanalysis.

Gerry Harrison

Gerry has worked for NHS since 1979 - initially as a general, and then psychiatric nurse, and had nurse specialist role in CBT. After completing DMP training in 1991 (and top-up MA, 2009), Gerry worked in Mental Health, often introducing the medium for the first time. Gerry has experience in specialist inpatient areas - eating disorders, self harm, psychosis and perinatal care. Currently, Gerry is completing a service evaluation looking at unfolding themes in a DMP group with Mothers and Babies and teaches on several modules of the MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at the University of Roehampton and have a private practice.

Research Interests: Adult mental health issues, dance Movement psychotherapy, embodied psychopathology.

Jonathan Isserow

Research Interests: Art therapy, documentary film and psychoanalysis.

Dr Anna Seymour

Anna teaches on the MA Dramatherapy programme in the Department of Psychology. She is an HCPC registered Dramatherapist and a clinical supervisor. Director of the Northern Trust for Dramatherapy, she was co-convenor of its Postgraduate Diploma in Dramatherapy validated by the University of Manchester (2002-8). She is an international trainer and consultant and has given conference papers, training workshops and masterclasses in the US, Russia, Italy, Greece, Poland as well as across the UK. She has ongoing relationships with a number of institutions including New York University, Paris Sorbonne Cite, and the Institute Aeon, Athens. She is editor of the Curriculum Guidance for the training of Dramatherapists (British Association of Dramatherapists, 2011) and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is Editor of the peer reviewed British Association of Dramatherapists Journal Dramatherapy, a Routledge/Taylor and Francis imprint.

Research Interests: Dramatherapy, political ideas and theatrical aesthetics; Dramatherapy and critical thought; Dramatherapy and dramatic text; adoption and attachment

Matthew Trustman

Research Interests: Dramatherapy, visual research methods, the use of arts based interventions in training and organizational development and working to support Management during a hostile Mergers and Acquisition.

Tessa Watson

Tessa Watson is a music therapist and music therapy trainer with over 20 years of experience in a variety of clinical settings. She qualified from Roehampton in 1990, and is currently course Convenor of the MA in Music Therapy. Tessa's clinical experience has been varied, including work with the elderly, in forensic mental health, and with young people and adults with learning disabilities. Her current clinical work is with adults with learning disabilities in a joint health and social services community team, where she manages a team of arts therapists and works closely with other professionals.

As well as her interests in research Tessa has contributed to the development of the profession through her work with the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT); currently she is co-ordinator of the Learning Disability Network, member of the Training and Education Committee, one of the Editors of the Journal of British Music Therapy and the International Representative for BAMT. Tessa enjoys writing and speaking about her work and has spoken at conferences internationally and in the UK. Tessa is also an HCPC partner, working on the CPD scheme.

Research Interests: Work with adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities, group work, work with women in secure psychiatric settings and the student experience during training.

Michèle Wood

Since qualifying in 1987 Michele has worked as an art therapist in adult mental health, HIV/AIDs, medical oncology and with children in mainstream education, pioneering the work of art therapists in eating disorders and palliative care. Michele was a founding member of the Creative Response, a special interest group within the British Association of Art Therapists for professionals working with people who have life-threatening conditions, supportive and palliative care needs and their families. Michèle has extensive experience in training art psychotherapists in the UK and Europe. She joined the MA Art Psychotherapy Programme team at Roehampton in 2007, and works here as Senior lecturer (0.6fte)

Michèle also works part-time for Marie Curie Cancer Care in their Hampstead Hospice, where she has been the art therapist since 2002.

Research Interests: Art Therapy; The use of digital technologies and social media in the psychological support of people with supportive and palliative care needs.

Geoffery Unkovich

Goeffrey has specialist clinical experience in the NHS and local council service delivery through my practice for adults with learning disabilities and complex needs. Other clinical practice in the private and voluntary sector has included work with elders, for children with special needs and complex needs, short-term therapy and support work for gay men and lesbians in adult mental health, and short term therapy for adults in dance performance education. He was a council member of the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK for four years; being chair of council for two years of his tenure.

Research Interests: Dance Movement Psychotherapy, adults with learning disabilities, improvisational performance; gender.

Marina Rova

Dance movement psychotherapist (registered with ADMP UK since 2007) and dance practitioner based in London (UK). Her 15-year practice has been shaped by her teaching career in dance education, her clinical practice in community and mental health settings and her independent dance theatre work. She currently works a within adult mental health, and a specialist mother and baby unit. She has been awarded a PhD Studentship by the Psychology Department of the University of Roehampton to conduct research on 'kinaesthetic empathy' combing dance movement psychotherapy, cognitive neuroscience and phenomenology. She continues to collaborate with local artists and therapists towards developing interdisciplinary projects, performances and events.

Research Interests: Embodying kinesthetic empathy as an intersubjective phenomenon and clinical intervention, the combination of dance movement psychotherapy, phenomenology and cognitive neuroscience.

Pete Holloway

Andy Lale