Vicky Karkou

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Biography

Vicky is a Professor of Arts and Wellbeing having joined Edge Hill University in 2013.  She holds a split post between the Department of Applied Health and Social and Care and the Department of Performing Arts, sharing her time, teaching and research equally between these two subject areas.  

In 1991 she completed her Bachelors of Science and Education at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki followed by her MEd (1994) and PhD (1998) at the School of Education of the University of Manchester. Her doctoral work, funded by ESRC, was published in her first co-authored book, Arts Therapies: A Research-Based Map of the Field, as well as in several peer reviewed and professional journals.  For ten years (1999-2009) her primary employer was the University of Hertfordshire where she held one of the first postdoctoral posts in her field in the country.  Originally she was employed in Nursing, then in the Department of Art and Design and following this at the Department of Counselling and Psychotherapy.  Her success in external funding allowed her to research topics relating to the use of the arts and arts therapies and to generate material for her second edited book Arts Therapies in Schools. During this time, she also completed her clinical training and began working part time as a movement-based psychotherapist.  In 2003 and whilst still working as a researcher at the University of Hertfordshire, Vicky began working at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, initially as a part time lecturer in art therapy and then as a senior lecturer in dance movement psychotherapy. Working within a Faculty of Health and Sciences, she had opportunities to research her areas of interest through a health perspective.  During this time, she also worked closely with the NHS Improvement Scotland and NHS Education Scotland. 

As a result of these multiple influences and contexts of work, Vicky’s research work remains diverse ranging from artistic enquiry to systematic eviews and meta-analysis. For example, with a team of colleagues from Leeds University, she has completed two Cochrane Reviews on the effectiveness of Dance Movement Therapy for Depression and for Dementia; methodologically these publications include systematic reviews and a meta-analysis.  With colleagues from Edinburgh University she has edited her third (edited) book titled: The Oxford Handbook on Dance for Wellbeing; this publication, amongst other things, favours and celebrates arts-based research and videos as publications.  Her more recent book is edited with a colleague from the University of Highlands and Islands titled Arts Therapies in the treatment of Depression.  She is currently involved in the ERA study, the largest arts therapies randomised controlled trial in the UK funded by the NIHR.  She has also received funding from the clinical commissioning group of Liverpool and the European Union for studies on depression and cancer care. 

She travels extensively for research and teaching purposes offering key notes, experiential workshops and consultancy work around the world.  In 2014 she was awarded the title of Honorary Doctor of Medicine from Riga Stradins University, Latvia for her services in supporting the development of arts psychotherapies in this country.

She is widely published in peer reviewed journals and edited books in the field and is co-editing the international journal Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy published by Taylor and Francis.    

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Research Output 2006 2019

Arts for the Blues - A New Creative Psychological Therapy for Depression

Parsons, A., Omylinska-Thurston, J., Karkou, V., HARLOW, JULIANNE., HASLAM, SHELLY., Hobson, J., Nair, K., Dubrow-Marshall, L., Thurston, S. & GRIFFIN, JULIA., 9 Jul 2019, In : British Journal of Guidance and Counselling.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Art
Depression
Psychology
Therapeutics
Art Therapy

Arts for the Blues – A New Creative Psychological Therapy for Depression - Pilot Workshop Report

Haslam, S., Parsons, A., Omylinska-Thurston, J., Nair, K., Harlow, J., Lewis, J., Thurston, S., Griffin, J., Dubrow-Marshall, L. & Karkou, V., 2 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Perspectives in Public Health.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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Art
Depression
Psychology
Education
Art Therapy
Dancing
Parenting
Feasibility Studies
Psychotherapy
Caregivers
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Effectiveness of Dance Movement Therapy in the Treatment of Adults with Depression: A Systematic Review with Meta-Analyses

Karkou, V., Aithal, S., Zubala, A. & Meekums, B., 3 May 2019, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 10, APR, p. 936

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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Dance Therapy
Meta-Analysis
Depression
Randomized Controlled Trials
Therapeutics

Arts Therapies in the Treatment of Depression

Zubala, A. (ed.) & Karkou, V. (ed.), 11 May 2018, Routledge. 264 p. (International Research in the Arts Therapies)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Art Therapy
Depression
Research
Art
Therapeutics

Projects 2018 2021

Thesis

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Trauma-informed Dance Movement Psychotherapy: Understanding the Therapeutic Process and its Components

Author: Galon, C., 1 Mar 2019

Supervisor: KARKOU, V. (Director of Studies), HEIM, S. (Supervisor) & PEIMER, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

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