Keynote Speakers



Steven C Schlozman, M.D., is assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital.  He studied Literature and Biology at Stanford University, and after teaching High School English Literature, he attended Dartmouth and Brown University Medical Schools. He is a novelist and short story writer, and George Romero has optioned Dr. Schlozman’s first novel for film.  Dr. Schlozman teaches psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and film and creative writing at Harvard University. He has authored more than 40 publications, often focusing on the relationship of the humanities and popular culture to medical education and practice. He has helped to design video games that teach adolescents about neurobiology, and he has collaborated at Kings College, London to assess attitudes regarding psychiatry among medical educators and curricula. Currently, Dr. Schlozman is the associate director at The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Schlozman blogs for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today, and he has written articles for The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Psychology Today, The Southwest Airlines Magazine, Newsweek and The Guardian.

Conference Title:

The Biological and Cultural Reasons That Medicine Needs the Humanities:

Why Does Modern Healthcare Resist Our Hard-Wired Humanism?



Aaron Williamon is Professor of Performance Science at the Royal College of Music (RCM) and co-director of the Centre for Performance Science, a partnership of the RCM and Imperial College London. His research focuses on skilled performance and applied scientific initiatives that inform music learning and teaching. Aaron is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the UK's Higher Education Academy. 


Conference Title:

Making music for mental health



Ángel Cagigas is Doctor in Psychology (1997) and Degree in Philosophy (2000), Associate Professor at the University of Jaen (Spain) since 2002. He is expert in the hybrid zone between psychology and art. He is the author of several books, among which we can highlight:  “Hystery of Art” and “Insane Art”. Chief  Editor of  Ediciones del lunar, which enjoys a collection of seventy titles, essays about Psychology, History, Art and Humanities. Director of the documentary film entitled “Losa game: portrait of an outsider artist” (2014), which traces a journey through the life of Ramón Losa, an artist with paranoid schizophrenia. In the film, Ramón Losa describes aspects about his mental illness, his environment ..., and above all his relationship with art, gallery owners, critics, and most important, his own artistic work, showing his creative process.  He was also director of the documentary film “Nudo cuadrado” (2015) which deals with the views of young people about the issue of gender equality. Right now he is involved in the production of another documentary film entitled “The construction of the character”.

Conference title

Projection and presentation of the documentary film ““Losa game: portrait of an outsider artist” (2014)



Susan Hogan is Professor of Cultural Studies and Art Therapy (University of Derby and Professorial Fellow Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham). She has longstanding interests in the arts and health, particularly around women’s transition to motherhood and experience of psychiatry. She has also written about women’s experience of ageing explored using participatory arts. She has an international reputation in the field of arts and health. Some of her last books are: Revisiting Feminist Approaches to Art Therapy (2012); The Introductory Guide to Art Therapy (with Coulter, 2013); Art Therapy Theories (2015); Maternal Ambivalence (co-edited volume, in press). Professor Hogan qualified as an art therapist in 1985. She has a particular interest in group-work and experiential learning, following early employment with Peter Edwards M.D., an exceptional psychiatrist who had worked with Maxwell Jones, a psychiatrist who is associated with the ‘therapeutic community movement’ in Britain. For many years, facilitated experiential workshops and the closed-group component of the art therapy training. This training was based on the group-interactive approach described by Professor Diane Waller. Now most of her time is spent supervising, conducting and stimulating research. Professor Hogan has also undertaken work with pregnant women and women who have recently given birth, offering art therapy groups to give support to women, and an opportunity for them to explore their changed sense of self-identity and sexuality as a result of pregnancy and motherhood. She has published extensively on this subject. Hogan’s work has been innovative in its application of social anthropological and sociological ideas to art therapy and her unwavering challenge to reductive psychological theorising.

Professor Hogan holds a BA Degree in fine art, a post-graduate diploma in art therapy, a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration (Arts Policy & Management), and a further Master’s Degree in Social Science Research Methods (Social Policy & Sociology) focussing on visual methods. Her Ph.D. was in Cultural History (looking at the history of ideas around madness and the use of the arts) from Aberdeen University, Scotland. Susan has also undertaken further training in group-analytic psychotherapy. She served for six years as a Health Professions Council (U.K.) ‘visitor’. She is a former Vice-President of ANATA (Australian National Art Therapy Association, now ANZATA), and has twice served as a regional co-ordinator for the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). She has been instrumental in setting up several art therapy training courses. She is currently a steering-group member of the Royal Society of Public Health SIG on the Arts, Health & Wellbeing Research. For further details:

Projection and presentation of the documentary film “Mothers make art”



Pilar Mª Domínguez Toscano studied Psychology and has a PhD in Fine Arts. She is high school professor on leave and Professor at the University of Huelva. She is currently Head of the Research Group "Creativity, art and health", has directed several research projects from the Andalusian Research Plan and has obtained the CEPSA Chair Research Award in 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is Founder and President of the Andalusian Association of Art Therapy, co-author of the website of the Ministry of Education and Culture on Plastic and Visual Education for Secondary School (2004-2006) and participated in the elaboration of the General Education Law of this Spanish ministry. She is coordinator and co-author of 6 books on art therapy and author of 4 books on art education and art therapy. She is columnist in journals on these topics and has organized 7 national and internacional conferences and seminars. Pilar Mª has won five awards for poetry and one for painting, has published 5 books of poetry and 17 solo exhibitions, and is coordinator and instructor of art therapy in different programs in contexts of social risk such as Ciudad de los niños (2004-2009), Huelva Penitentiary (2006-2009) or Centro de Mayores de San Joaquín y Santa Ana (2013 - ... ).

Invited symposium: Using Art-therapy in people with dementia. 



Care Takers Written and directed by Billy Cowan

Those who care, aren't the ones who stay. Ms Lawson, a new teacher at Newall South High School, believes Jamie Harrow is being bullied because he's gay. She wants to help but Mrs Rutter, the Deputy Head, thinks it will sort itself out. Is she speaking from experience or is there something more unsavory about her uncaring attitude?

A battle royale between youthful idealism and the system that evolves to choke it.

***** Hits home with a punch! What's On Stage

***** Fiery and Quick. Twists and turns. Go see it!  Remote Goat

****  Provocative and Plausible. Manchester Evening News



Billy Cowan has an MPhil(B) in playwriting from Birmingham University and teaches Creative Writing at Edge Hill University. He has been Artistic Director of Truant Company since 2004 and has won two International Playwriting competitions: Writing Out for Best New Gay Play 2003 organised by Finborough Theatre, London and Warehouse Theatre’s International Playwriting Competition 2010 for Transitions. His plays have been produced by some of the top theatres in the UK: Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Contact in Manchester and the Oldham Coliseum. All of his plays have been supported by Arts Council England. 

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