Katherine Boydell – The Black Dog Institute
Katherine Boydell is Professor of Mental health at The Black Dog Institute (BDI), University of New South Wales, in Sydney Australia. She is Director of the Arts-based Knowledge Translation (AKT) Lab at BDI and Director of Knowledge Translation for Maridulu Budyari Gumal – the Sydney Partnership in Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE), an NHMRC advanced research translation centre. Prof Boydell’s program of research uses arts-based qualitative methods to create and disseminate research and to translate knowledge beyond academia. She is an internationally recognised leader in qualitative inquiry and arts-based knowledge translation in the early psychosis field. Professor Boydell has a long standing, successful history in the development of innovative methodological approaches to create knowledge and translate empirical research using arts-based methods.
Lecture 17th of October 9:45 – 10:30
Developing innovative methodological approaches in the field of mental health combining empirical research and arts-based methods.
Workshop 17th of October 13:15 – 15:45
Erasmus University College
Professor Katherine Boydell
Arts-based research draws upon emotional and embodied qualities of form to convey meaning to enhance our understandings of the human condition, to evoke and provoke, and to cultivate empathy. Representations, whether visual, oral, written or numeric, are never innocent or unproblematic. Although a range of art genres can be used in research, they are not unproblematic. In this plenary, Professor Boydell examines and critically reflects on some of the theoretical, methodological, practical and ethical challenges of engaging in arts-based health research. Drawing on a nation-wide study, she describes efforts of artists and researchers to find a balance between aesthetic and objectivity; that is how to balance robust artistic elements and solid research findings when dealing with dissemination of arts-based work. Prof Boydell will also provide several exemplars of the use of art genres to create disseminate and evaluate research knowledge. A number of strategies will be proposed to address current challenges alongside the need for a broader conceptualisation of knowledge and ways of knowing.
Katherine Boydell is Professor of Mental Health at the Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales. She also holds a number of Adjunct positions at leading Canadian institutions: Department of Psychiatry and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto; Graduate Program in Theatre, York University, Toronto. Professor Boydell is Director of Knowledge Translation for the Sydney Partnership in Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE) and Director of The AKT Lab at the Black Dog Institute. She is also co-director of The Qualitative Research Lab at the University of New South Wales and Mental Health Lead for Sydney’s The Big Anxiety Festival, recently awarded the best new event at the Australian Event Awards. Prof Boydell’s program of research uses arts-based qualitative methods to create and disseminate research and to translate knowledge beyond academia. She is an internationally recognised leader in qualitative inquiry and arts-based knowledge translation in mental health care. Professor Boydell has a long standing, successful history in the development of innovative methodological approaches to create knowledge and translate empirical research using arts-based methods. She has published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and is editor of the forthcoming text on Using Body Mapping in Research.
Workshop Title: Using the arts in the research process: A transformative approach to knowledge translation
Arts-based research aims to enhance our understandings of the human condition by using art during data collection, analysis, interpretation and/or dissemination. This type of research capitalises on the ability of art to convey or embody emotions. Art can be a unique vehicle to understand the experience of participants and to engage society in research findings as art is often created to stimulate critical thought and start a dialogue. In a world filled with misinformation and sceptical views of the value of facts and science, communicating science results to society is filled with challenges. Yet, societal relevance and societal impact are key priorities of our research institutes. Katherine Boydell, Director of the AKT (arts-based knowledge translation) Lab at the Black Dog Institute, will provide an overview of the field of art-based knowledge translation and provide pragmatic examples of her work. This will introduce workshop participants to qualitative arts-based research and its potential to provide a deeper knowledge of the human experience (e.g., the experience of living with an anxiety disorder or the experience of receiving treatment for psychosis). Moreover, workshop participants will receive hands-on experience using an art genre to represent research findings. This will provide participants with the tools they need to use art to disseminate their research findings to a wide audience.
Introduction to art-based knowledge translation
Overview of arts-based research projects
Group work activity- Creative representation of research findings
Presentations and discussion