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    Supritha is currently working as a Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy & CAMH, Applied Health and Social Care,  Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine, Edge Hill University. In 2012, she graduated from All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysuru with an integrated (research and clinical practice) dual degree called speech and hearing with the license to work with two protected health care professional titles (Audiologist and Speech & language therapist). Following this Supritha completed a Master's degree in Indian Classical Dance and simultaneously worked as a Speech-language therapist across the hospital, mainstream, and special educational needs settings with a diverse client population. With an intention to explore the benefits of arts to enhance communication and health, she completed a certification course in dance movement psychotherapy. Supritha joined Edge Hill University in 2017 as a Graduate Teaching Assistant with a scholarship to carry out doctoral research. She investigated the contribution of dance movement psychotherapy towards the wellbeing of children with an autism spectrum disorder and their caregivers. She also completed the PGCTHE course with distinction and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    Research interests

    As a result of these several influences and contexts of work, Supritha's research work remains diverse, ranging from arts-based research to systematic reviews and meta-analyses. She is a mixed-methods researcher with interests in exploring the contribution of Arts within Health, Education and Community contexts. 


    At the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine, Supritha currently teaches in the MSc Psychotherapy and Counselling – Contemporary Creative Approaches programme.

    Previously, at the Department of Creative Arts, she  has contributed to the modules on

    Dance in Education and Community Settings (DAN1101, DAN1106)

    Devising Projects in Education and Community Settings (DAN21101)

    Body & Performance (DAN 2102)

    Explorations into Dance Writing (DAN 1104)

    Dance Techniques (DAN3105)

    Cultural Perspectives in Dance (DAN 2103)


    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Contribution of Dance Movement Psychotherapy towards the Well-being of Children with ASD and their Caregivers , Edge Hill University

    Award Date: 14 Dec 2020

    PGCert, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Edge Hill University

    Award Date: 17 Jan 2019

    MA, Indian Classical Dance, Bharathidasan University

    Award Date: 14 Apr 2014

    BSc, Speech Language Pathology and Audiology , University of Mysore

    Award Date: 28 Apr 2012

    Other, Certification in dance movement therapy , Artsphere, Pune & CID UNESCO, Paris, France


    • NX Arts in general
    • Arts therapies
    • Dance Movement Psychotherapy
    • BF Psychology
    • Mental Health
    • Psychotherapy
    • Speech Language Pathology

    Research Institutes

    • Health Research Institute

    Research Centres

    • Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing
    • Sport and Mental Health Research Centre

    Research Groups

    • Children and Young People Research Network
    • Higher Education Research Network
    • Sport, Work and Health Research Group


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