International Health Humanities Network Membership

Adrian Andreescu

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Haley Andres

BA(Hons) Psychology BA(Hons) Fine Art


2014-2015 Thomas J. Watson Fellow conducting cross-cultural ethnographic research in arts-health and health humanities. Specifically intersted in the intersection between trauma and creativity - prevention, therapy, public health, medical practices, etc. Will be traveling and working with arts-health professionals in Bolivia, the UK, Tanzania, Japan, and Australia between Aug. 2014 and Aug. 2015. 

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Rani Lill Anjum

Rani Lill Anjum is Research Fellow of Philosophy at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), where she leads the interdisciplinary research project Causation in Science. She is co-author of two books on causation: Getting Causes from Powers (Oxford University Press 2011) and Causation - A very short introduction (Oxford University Press 2013), both with Professor Stephen Mumford (Nottingham). Anjum is also the instigator of the Causation in Medicine team, working on causation in evidence based practice and the ontological foundation of medically unexplained symptoms (MUS).

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Kay Aranda

Interested in developing creative and participatory methodologies in the areas of women's health, gender and sexuality, and community and primary healthcare. I have been involved in research and education that both utilises and develops creative arts and humantiies based methods: from photography and medicine, photography and values, culture and mental health to poetry, drawing and graphic novels for promoting deepeer understandings of health and illness.

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Lora Arduser

Lora Arduser is an assistant professor in medical communication and rhetoric at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH, USA. She has published and presented on topics in medicine, narrative, and agency. She is also interested the relationship between language and Internet use, with a focus on online patient communities, digital narratives and genres, and Internet-based research. 

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Elaine Argyle

I am a dually qualified mental health professional (RMN and DipSW) with many years experience. For example, I have worked as a staff nurse for Leicestershire Health Authority, as a social worker for Warwickshire County Council and for ten years as a team leader and dementia specialist for Anchor Trust. In addition, after completing a PhD and an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Social Gerontology, I have worked as a researcher on individual and team based projects at various universities, especially in the areas of older age and mental health, these projects have included:

The evaluation of an art for health intervention involving the provision of instruction in painting and drawing to community groups identified as being vulnerable to developing mental health problems

The evaluation of a musical intervention for people with dementia called 'Soundtrack to My Life'.

The evaluation of a theatrical event called 'Inside Out of Mind', an innovative project aiming to seek engagement from health care assistants and other care workers, helping them to find effective new and meaningful ways of enhancing the care of people with dementia.

Most recently, I have been working as a senior research fellow at the University of Nottingham on a project called 'Clay Transformations' (  This is part of a larger programme called 'Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery: Connecting Communities for Mental Health and Wellbeing' which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.  

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Samuel Arias Sánchez

He is graduated in piano; degree in Psychology and PhD in Psychology with a thesis entitled "The construction of professional identity in cultural settings." He has a Master in Human Resource Management, a Master of Advanced Studies in Brain and Behavior and a Master in Organizational Psychology and Work at the University of Seville.

He has been Fellow as predoctoral researcher and assistant professor in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Seville, where he has taught Psychology of Thought and Language, Psychology of Attention and Perception and Psychology of Communication and Culture. He has experience in managing the development of human resources in local and multinational companies and collaborates with the Association of relatives of people with serious mental illness.

He has published several articles and book chapters and presented his work at numerous national and international conferences. Currently he is an assistant professor at the University Pablo de Olavide in Seville and has research in different topics such as autobiographical memory, Culture, Health and Work Activity.

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Susan Arjmand


Susan Arjmand , M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Rush Medical College in Chicago, Il and an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Medical Education at the University of Illinois College of Medicine where she received her MHPE degree (Master’s in Health Professions’ Education) where she was mentored by Suzanne Poirier. Her thesis research focused on  Narrative Medicine and Literature and Medicine. In addition to Rush, Dr. Arjmand has taught medical students and residents at Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Arjmand’s writing has appeared in the Journal of Family Medicine, JAMA, Academic Medicine, Journal of Learning Through the Arts and Keeping Reflection Fresh; A Practical Guide for Clinical Educators. An avid classical musician, Dr Arjmand has many professional relationships and collaborations among professional performing arts organizations in Chicago, Il and is the founder of the Student Faculty Classical Recital at Rush Medical College

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Sara Ascenso

Sara Ascenso holds a Licentiate degree in clinical psychology from the University of Lisbon, a BMus in piano performance from the National Superior Orchestra Academy of the Metropolitan Orchestra of Lisbon, and an MSc in Performance Science from the Royal College of Music where she is currently a Doctoral student at the Centre for Performance Science (RCM/Imperial College London) focusing on musicians’ mental health. Before starting her PhD research, Sara maintained regular professional activity both as a psychologist in clinical settings and within diverse educational projects and as a collaborative pianist and piano teacher.

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Dimitrinka Atanasova

Dimitrinka’s background is in media research. She worked as Media Consultant before starting her PhD and studied the (online) news framing of obesity in her doctoral research. During her PhD she was Graduate Research Assistant and contributed to various social science and humanities projects using applied linguistics and media analysis methods and frameworks.

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  • Arts & Humanities Research Council
  • The  institue of mental health nottingham
  • National Institute of Health
  • Centre for Advanced Studies
  • The University of Nottingham United Kingdom China Malaysia
  • De Montfort University Leicester
  • OPPNET Basic Behaviour & Social Science Opportunity Network