International Health Humanities Network Membership

Faten Abdellatif

Iam a developmental paediatrics graduated from faculty of Medicine Alexandria University.Deeply interrested in health wellbeing through embedding the right life style since early childhood.Believing in the crucial role of arts litterature and music on refining our souls.I am working as aprofessor of developmental paediatrics and child health at Alexandria university Iam also teaching some topics as the role of museums in child development.The role of arts in child development.Art therapy.Iam also managing an early intervention centre for children at risk.

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Brian Abrams

Brian Abrams, Ph.D., MT-BC, LPC, LCAT, Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery, has been a music therapist since 1995, with clinical experience involving a wide range of populations. Dr. Abrams completed undergraduate studies at Vassar College and SUNY New Paltz, and graduate studies at Temple University. Prior to his current position at Montclair State as Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Therapy, he served on the faculty at Utah State University (2001-2004) and Immaculata University (2004-2008). He has published and presented internationally on a wide range of topics such as music therapy in cancer care, music psychotherapy, and humanistic dimensions of music therapy.

He has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals, such as Music Therapy Perspectives, the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, and Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy. His current interests include contributing to the development of the global, interdisciplinary area of Health Humanities. He has also recently helped create a music therapy program at Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where he provides music therapy services on a part-time basis. From 2005 to 2011, he served on the Executive Board of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), including as President from 2007-2009. On a national level, from 2010 to Present, he has served on the AMTA Board of Directors as an elected representative from the AMTA Assembly of Delegates.

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Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery Administrator

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Mustafa Al Ansari

Mustafa is currently undertaking a PhD at the Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney. His research topic is "Attitudes of Youth towards Alcohol in Muslim Majority Countries (MMCs): Insights from Iraq." He has completed a honours with a thesis titled "Bimaristans and Waqf In Islam: Case Studies of Hospital Endowment during 9th to 13th Century CE in the Muslim World." Previously he majored in History and Philosophy of Science as well as Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies during his Undergraduate Arts and Science degree at the University of Sydney. He is interested in researching into contemporary public health issues in the Middle East, especially those relating to Prevention, Globalisation and Health Promotion. In addition to his studies, Mustafa is tri-lingual and is well-travelled and thus posseses an understanding of various cultures.

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Basim Alansari

Basim is an experienced researcher in medical and health fields such as bioethics, health systems and children development.

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Burcu Alkan

Dr Burcu Alkan received her PhD from the University of Manchester in 2009. She worked on a TUBITAK funded, EU/COST supported project on the “Women Writers of Turkey” between 2010 and 2012. She co-edited the Dictionary of Literary Biography 373: Turkish Novelists Since 1960 (2013, ISBN: 978-0787696481) and Dictionary of Literary Biography 379: Turkish Novelists Since 1960, Second Series (2016, ISBN: 978-0787696542). Her earlier research includes studies on the concept of the intellectual and modernity & literature. Her monograph, "Promethean Encounters: Representation of the Intellectual in the Modern Turkish Novel" has just come out of Harrassowitz Verlag.

Recently, she has been working in the field of medical humanities, on the relationship between psychiatry and literature, focusing on psychoanalysis, self-destruction, suicide, and mental health.

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Gillian Allmond

Currently completing my PhD thesis entitled: The colony asylum in Scotland, Ireland and Germany: an archaeology of environmentalism.


The colony asylum in Edwardian Ireland and Scotland differed from English asylums in providing the majority of patient accommodation in a series of villas, categorised for acute, observation and chronic or convalescent cases. Colony asylums first became widespread in Germany and German examples became the inspiration for similar institutions built in Ireland and Scotland.  My research explores late-nineteenth-century degenerationism with its focus on anti-urbanism, sanitarianism and racialised class distinctions and connects these ideas with the production of hygienic, bourgeois, rural/suburban environments in the colony asylum. My particular interest is buildings, their architecture, internal layouts, decoration and furnishings. My research is based on both fieldwork visits to the buildings themselves and evidence obtained from a range of archives in Ireland, Scotland and Germany extending to maps, plans, annual reports, minutes and photographs. I have also made extensive use of contemporary published material including newspapers, journals and other literature. 




<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Allmond, G. 2017 (accepted) ‘Levelling up the lower deeps’: the hygiene of light and air in an Edwardian asylum’. In: G. Laragy, O. Purdue and J. Wright, eds. Urban Spaces in Nineteenth Century Ireland. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Allmond, G. 2017 ‘The First Garden City? Environment and utopianism in an Edwardian institution for the insane poor’ Journal of Historical Geography, 56, April, pp.101-112

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Allmond, G. 2017 ‘Liberty and the Individual: the colony asylum in Scotland and England’ History of Psychiatry, 28 (1), pp.29-43

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Allmond, G. 2016 ‘“The outer darkness of madness”: an Edwardian Winter Garden at Purdysburn asylum for the insane poor.’ In: M. Dowd and R. Hensey, eds. The Archaeology of Darkness. Oxford: Oxbow Books.


<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Allmond, G. 2016. ‘Light and darkness in an Edwardian institution for the insane poor - illuminating the material practices of the asylum age.’ International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 20 (1), pp.1-22.

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Shahd Alshammari

Shahd Alshammari is Assistant Professor of English literature. She teaches Women's Studies, Victorian literature, and is interested in illness narratives. Her book 'Notes on the Flesh' is a biomythography that deals with illness and love in the Middle East. 

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Frank Ames

Frank Ritchel Ames is Professor and Chair of Medical Humanities at Rocky Vista University, Colorado’s new medical college, where he teaches informatics, ethics, and the occasional course on religion, health, and healthcare (2008-present). 

His contributions span two disciplines and include articles in reference works such as Neal-Schuman’s The Medical Library Association’s Master Guide to Authoritative Information Resources in the Health Sciences (2011) and de Gruyter’s Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (2010). He reviews titles in religious studies for the Association of College and Research Libraries’s Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (1999-present) and has chaired the editorial group in medical informatics and medical education for Doody’s Review Service (2012-2014). He directed programs and initiatives for the Society of Biblical Literature (2003-2004), proposed and currently co-chairs the SBL section on warfare in ancient Israel (steering committee member since 2004), and is co-editor of and a contributor to the Kent Harold Richards Festschrift, Foster Biblical Scholarship (2010), and four other SBL publications: Writing and Reading War (2008), Interpreting Exile (2011), Warfare, Ritual, and Symbol (2014), and The Prophets Speak on Forced Migration (2015). He is currently writing a monograph entitled War in Ancient Israel: Making Sense of the Rhetoric and Realities of Ancient Isralite Warfare

Professor Ames holds advanced degrees from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Librarianship and Information Management (M.A.), Denver Seminary (M.Div. with honors), and the joint doctoral program of the University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology (Ph.D.).

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Miranda Anderson

Miranda Anderson is a Nominated Fellow at the Institute of Advance Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh and an Anniversary Research Fellow in Philosophy and Literature at the University of Stirling. She was the initiator of, and a research fellow on, the History of Distributed Cognition Project. This project expands on research completed during her Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship which explores parallels (and contrasts) between recent philosophical theories on the extended mind and analogous ideas in literary, philosophical, and scientific texts circulating between the fifteenth and early-seventeenth century. A number of papers on this research have been published or are forthcoming and her book The Renaissance Extended Mind was published by Palgrave Macmillan's New Directions in Philosophy and Cognitive Science series in July 2015. She was a Research Associate of The Balzan Project, which was based at St John’s College, University of Oxford, and which explored cognitive approaches to literary studies. She also initiated and became a research fellow on the ongoing AHRC-funded project Palimpsest: Literary Edinburgh, now renamed LitLong, a project which arose out of her idea of creating an innovative new way of engaging people with literature through geolocating extracts of literary texts. 

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