International Health Humanities Network Membership

Diane Wright

I have a mixed history including trauma and mental health diagnosis. My achievements, despite no career as yet, includes involvent in various volutary groups and obtaining an Open University degree in subjects of Health &b Social care. My earlier hope was to become an Occupational Therapist but though I now at last have the entry qualifications it might better to be able to entre the job market before I reach retirement age - though that (without concern to me personally) is ever shifting back. 

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Colin Wright

I am a lecturer in critical theory in the Department of Culture, Film and Media at The University of Nottingham (UK). I am the Co-Director of the Centre for Critical Theory and Director of MA Programmes. I have research interests in continental philosophy, postcolonial theory and psychoanalysis. I am also a trainee psychoanalyst in a Lacanian orientation with the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research in London. I work clinically in the area of addiction, primarilly with gamblers. I would welcome links with anyone who is interested in introducing theoretically-informed critique into debates about the politics of health and healthcare. 

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Harry Yi-Jui Wu

Harry Yi-Jui Wu is Assistant Professor at Medical Ethics and Humanities Unit, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at The University of Hong Kong. He was trained as a medical doctor before switching his career to humanities. In 2012, Harry obtained his DPhil in History from the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Oxford University. He has taught in Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong. Harry has published with several important journals in the field of history of medicine and STS (science, technology and society). His current interests include narratives and the ethics of mental health in Chinese speaking worlds, One Health initiatives in East Asia and the development of the care for the dying in Chinese contexts.

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Xiaojiao WU

I did master at Oxford University and am doing PhD in mental health and Social Policy. I have got Doctor Practice Certificate and Doctor Qualification Certificate.

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Harry Yi-Jui Wu

Harry Yi-Jui Wu, MA, MSc, MD, DPhil, is Assistant Professor in Medical Humanities jointly appointed by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine. He received his medical degree in Taiwan in 2004. Before pursuing his career in humanities, he briefly worked at Mackay Memorial Hospital in Taipei as a resident doctor in psychiatry. From 2005 to 2012, he went on studying psychoanalysis at the University of Essex and the University of Oxford, where he was Clifford Norton Student (Fellow) in the history of science at The Queen’s College. Before joining Nanyang Technological University, he was doctoral fellow at the Academia Sinica in Taiwan and postdoctoral fellow in humanitarian studies at The University of Hong Kong.

Dr. Wu leads medical humanities workshops at LKC School of Medicine. Apart from teaching, Dr. Wu’s research work deals with the humanitarian intervention of psychiatric sciences regarding the aftermaths of the Second World War and the anxiety surrounding the indeterminable time of postwar worldwide rehabilitation. Apart from preparing his first monograph on the social history of international classification of psychiatric diagnoses, he is now conducting a project on issues of ‘manufactured mental disorders’ in historical and contemporary China.

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Foundation for Community Dance www.communitydance.org.uk

The professional organisation for anyone involved in creating opportunities for people to experience and participate in dance.

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Rodney Yates

Biographical notes

An uneventful boy-hood and some Academic achievements saw me through tertiary education, which I completed in 1972. The occurrence of diagnosable symptoms appeared in what came to be my final year, but my course work merited the award of a BA Honours in Combined Humanities (aegrotat). I was 21 years old.

The slur cast by the nature of my diagnosis ensured that there were no opportunities to sit for any professional qualifications, so my vocation of Librarian remained on hold to this day. Five years passed without Library employment in any capacity, five years punctuated with a break-down, four months' hospitalisation and continuing treatment for schizophrenia, until Employment resettlement pointed me in the direction of a Library Supplier sweat-shop in Nottingham, where I remained full-time for fifteen years. At no stage did the financial rewards for this engagement creep up above my entitlements as a disabled person! I have never considered myself to be a drudge, so after being harassed and pushed about by 'thatcherite insurgents' in the 1990s, I agreed with the firm's doctor that I had had a 'run for my money' and it was time to abandon ship.

My Liberation was palpable and it is something I can never regret. Creativity had returned after a dormancy of some 21 years. I returned to writing and belatedly, to an interest I had shared with my Father in my teen-age years, Photography. Progressive thinking from Nottingham Healthcare has ensured my survival and provided occupational fulfilment via continuing care arrangements which have sustained me thus far. For many, schizophrenia is a life-sentence but the redeeming quality of any predicament is that some good can come out of it . I am indebted to the many well-wishers and the encouragement I have received from employees of the Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, firstly for convincing me I have a present and a future and for now, for investing in that future.

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Chrys Yates

Chrys Yates joined Mayo Clinic in Florida in August, 2011 as Program Coordinator for the Center for Humanities in Medicine. Prior to coming to Mayo, Chrys was Associate Director of Education and Public Programming at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in Jacksonville, FL. Chrys has more than 15 years of experience in the field of art education and arts in medicine. In 2001, Chrys co-founded Art Connections in Healthcare at The Cummer, a museum based program integrating the arts into healthcare facilities throughout North Florida, including Mayo Clinic. Chrys was a member of the first Community Advisory Board for Mayo Clinic in Florida’s Center for Humanities in Medicine from 2001 to 2006.

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Ania Zubala

An interest in arts and its role for mental wellbeing led to my research and professional development in the arts therapies. Before that, I trained in psychology and psychotherapy and worked in clinical roles in mental health settings. In my PhD project I explored the value of arts therapies for the treatment of adult depression. My current research interests and collaborations concern the general wellbeing, physical activity of older adults and arts-based interventions for depression.

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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