• Developing research that moves across the (artificial) disciplinary boundaries of art, science and psychology
  • Increasing national and international recognition of arts therapies research in the academy and within artistic, psycho-social, scientific and medical contexts
  • Open paths of collaboration between and amongst arts therapies researchers and the wider contexts in which they exist: arts, therapies, science and medical contexts
  • Promote practice based research and evidenced based practice which in turn has potential application to the wider arts, psychological, psychotherapeutic, medical and scientific contexts
  • Disseminate research in a variety of multi-disciplinary contexts: health; arts; therapies, in the UK and internationally with a view to opening new dialogues about the Arts Therapies contribution and applications within these diverse cultural and scientific areas.

CATR Research Environment

To date, current and completed research carried out by staff and students includes a range of film, performative, practice-based evidence and evidenced-based practice projects including:

  • Dance, neuroscience and dementia
  • Embodied and creative approaches to working with loss and grief
  • Music therapy and improvisation
  • Psychoanalysis and film
  • Sex, gender and embodied psychotherapeutic practices
  • Feminist approaches integrating biology, body politics and dance film
  • Clinical work with adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities
  • Multi-disciplinary work and teaching in the training of music therapists
  • Art therapy's contribution to the psychological care of adults with cancer

Additionally, CATR members regularly present their research at national and international conferences.