01/14-01/15: PG Cert Learning and Teaching (Higher Education), Anglia Ruskin University.

09/13-09/14: MA Fine Art, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University. (Distinction).

10/08-07/11 (Viva/graduation 2012): PhD ‘Making Sense: Art and Aesthetics in Contemporary French Thought’, Jesus College, University of Cambridge. 

10/07-07/08: MPhil ‘European Literature and Culture’ Jesus College, University of Cambridge (High Distinction).

09/06-07/07: BA ‘Media, Culture and Communications’, Greenwich University. (Completed in 1 year, 1st Class Honours).


  • 02/15: Appointed Fellow of Anglia Ruskin University.
  • 01/15: Appointed Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • 03/10: Entente Cordiale Language Scholarship.
  • 01/10: Elected life member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics).
  • 04/09: UK Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarship (Funding PhD).
  • 12/08: Foundation Scholarship, Jesus College, University of Cambridge.
  • 10/08: The Odette de Mourgues Scholarship, University of Cambridge.
  • 09/07: Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement from the University of Greenwich.

Clinical Work and Research 

  • 2021-22 Qualitative Research Fellow, Project Manager, CICADA-ME: Coronavirus Intersectionalities: Chronic Conditions and Disabilities and Migrants / Ethnic minoritisation. Department of Social Research Unit, Institute of Education, University College London.
  • 2021: Principal Investigator, Grand Challenges award-winning research project: “Creative Lives: Tackling Inequalities”, University College London.
  • Research Fellow, Department of Behavioural Science and Health, Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care, University College London.
  • 2021: Research Fellow, Arts & Heritage, University College London Hospitals.
  • 2020: Facilitator: Scottish Government National Service Review for Eating Disorders.
  • 2020: Lead, initiator: Eating Disorders Patient Forum, Oxford Health NHS Trust.
  • 2020: Patient Representative, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Facuty of Eating Disorders.
  • 2020: Patient Representative, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Quality Network for Eating Disorders.
  • 2020: Peer Support Worker, Bucks Community Eating Disorder Team, Oxford Health NHSFT.
  • April-July 2020: Running “#BeCreative” Art Workshops, for adults, children, eating disorder service users, during Covid-19 Lockdown.
  • 2019-20: Peer Support Worker Worker Trainee, Oxford Health NHS Foudation Trust.
  • 2019-20: ‘Champion Voice of Service Users’, Cotswold House Specialist Eating Disorders, Oxford.
  • 2019-20: Time to Change Hub Coordinator, Bucks Mind.
  • 2019-20: Member, Disciplinary Expert + Selection Group of the MARCH Network, building research and ‘resilient communities’ with mental health. 
  • 2019: Building Royal Society for Public Health online Arts Health Training Course, MARCH Network.
  • 2019: Buckinghamshire Representative, Arts Health Early Career Research Network.
  • 2019-20: ‘Pets as Therapy’ volunteer, Ruby Ward, Whiteleaf Mental Health Centre, Aylesbury.
  • 2018: Arts in Health Project Worker, Central and North-West London NHS Trust. Leading arts in health projects and developing research, for mental health patients.
  • 2017-18: ‘Making Sense: The Art Van’, leading art workshops for displaced ‘Adivasi’ tribes across Chhattisgarh, India. 
  • 2012-13: Assistant at art therapy group for patients suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s at Deighton Ward, Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge.
  • 2009-2010: Teaching art, ‘Hope of Children’ orphanage/temple, Battambang Province, Cambodia. 

Work as an Arts Educator, Researcher, Academic:

  • 2016: Artist-in-Residence and lecturer, MA Art Therapy Programme, School of Creative Industries, Faculty of Fine Arts, Media and Creative Industries, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. 
  • 2015: ‘Art and Cognition’, leader of workshop at Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. 
  • 2014 – 2016: Lecturer and Course Leader, Media Studies, Art Theory and Contextual Studies, Anglia Ruskin University.
  • 2014-2015: Lecturer, Art Theory and Contextual Studies, HNC/HND art students, Cambridge Regional College.
  • 2013: Assistant lecturer in Art Theory, ‘Identities’ module for 2nd year arts degrees undergraduates, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University.
  • 2012: Lecturer, Course Leader, ‘Modern and Contemporary French and Francophone Culture: Articulations of the Real’ (Contextual Studies), MPhil. students, University of Cambridge.
  • 2011-12: Lecturer at the Sorbonne, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III (Anglophone Culture, Contextual Studies).
  • 2011-12: Lecturer at Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris II (Anglophone Culture, Contextual Studies).

Talks/workshops on mental health, recovery and the arts:

  • 06/21 International Conference on Eating Disorders (workshop).
  • 06/21. Lead, “Creative Lives” conference (UCL and global).
  • 05-07/21. Presenter/producer, “Creative Lives” podcast.
  • 05/21. Presenter at All-Party Parliamentary Group, political discussion about Mental Health Act, arts and creativity. 
  • 02/21. ‘The Butterfly Effect: Art, Creativity and Transformation’, Arts Play Health conference
  • 12/20. Talk and respresenting patient voice at NHSE meeting about risk and funding for eating disorders.
  • 12/20. Performance of my poem (‘What’s going on in my head’), at ‘What’s Going On In Your Head’ live poetry and performance jam.
  • 11/20. ‘Creativity, connection and mental health’, Instagrm Live, interviewed by James Downs
  • 11/20. Talk at the Royal College of Psychiatry, Faculty of Eating Disorders Annual Conference.
  • 11/20. Presenting the Patient Forum, Oxford Health NHS Trust Governance Event. Awarded.
  • 08/20. Interview with Dennis Relojo-Howell @psychreg on YouTube
  • 07/20. Creative workshop at the Mental Health Blog Awards.
  • 07/20. TEDx Talk released on YouTube:
  • 04-08/20. ‘#BeCreative’ art workshops, responding to Covid-19 Lockdown.
  • 05/20. ‘Being Creative in Lockdown’, talk for Parker Hannifin employees.
  • 02/20. TEDxCoventry: ‘How Creativity Revived Me’.
  • 02/20 Panellist on ‘Mental Health and Loneliness’ Twitter discussion about eating disorders.
  • 02/20. Panellist (expert by experience), Mental Health Question Time: ‘Should art be prescribed on the NHS?’ University College, London.
  • 02/20. Talk on brain damage and mental illness, Bucks New University.
  • 02/20. Talk for ‘Time to Talk Day’ event in Aylesbury, Bucks.
  • 02/20. Leading art workshop at ‘One Recovery Bucks’.
  • 02/20. Talk at ’64 million artists’ roundtable event, Impact Hub, Islington.
  • 2020. Presenting a series of CBT-E groups, using lived experience, Cotswold House EDU, Warneford Hospital, Oxford.
  • 01/20. Talk to Bucks Healthcare NHSFT staff, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, about ‘Time to Change’ and mental health.
  • 12/19. Talk on ‘Time to Change’ to 5,000 fans, Wycombe Wanderers Football Club.
  • 12/19. ‘Experiences of treatment for Eating Disorders’, at Art and Science of Eating Disorders: A Global Vision to Help Eating Disorder Patients and Carers, Royal College of Psychiatry Faculty of Eating Disorders Psychiatry & European Chapter of Academy for Eating Disorders.
  • 11/19. Leading ‘Art in Mind’ workshop, Beaconsfield.
  • 11/19. Series of talks at Buckinghamshire Recovery College, on Time to Change – building a life without stigma and discrimination about mental illness.
  • 10/19. Women’s Institute, Summit on Mental Health, Oxford.
  • 10/19. Workshop and presentation, Arts, Creativity and the Global Crisis; Reimagining Identity, Otherness and the Possible’, Arts Therapies conference, Pratt Institute, New York.
  • 10/19. Talk on living at a healthy weight, my body’s own normal, Cotswold House EDU, Oxford. 
  • 07/19. Co-presenting the Oxford New Care Model to patients at Cotswold House EDU, Oxford.
  • 07/19. Part of Oxford Health Panel, presenting New Care Model to NHS England, at NHSE HQ.
  • 07/19. Leading art workshop: ‘‘Walking in my shoes: opening conversations about mental health’, artSmart School of Art, Beaconsfield.
  • 06/19. Lecture on Mental Health, St. Mary’s Fellowship, Chesham.
  • 2018-19. Lecturing and research with the medical team, on patients with co-morbidity in eating disorders. Cotswold House Ward, Warneford Hospital, Oxford.

Media appearances:

  • 02/08. Interview, BBC Radio Oxford, talking about my life, career and creativity.
  • 12/20. Feature in The Royal College of Psychiatrists magazine (middle page spread).
  • 07/20. Article in The Herald, Erin Lyons: ‘TEDx Talk on how art saved life of woman with anorexia’.
  • 03/20. Interview, BBC 3 Counties Radio, Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
  • 03/20. Interview, Radio Mix96, Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
  • 02/20. Interview, BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire, TEDxCoventry.
  • 02/20. Several appearances on Radio Mix96. Time to Talk Day 2020.
  • 02/20. Interview, BBC 3 Counties Radio. Time to Talk Day 2020.
  • 01/20. Interview, BBC Radio Oxford, about eating disorders.
  • 01/20. Interview, Radio Mix96, talking about mental health.
  • 01/20. Interview, Radio Wycombe Sound, talking about mental health.
  • 09/19. Featured on BBC Radio Oxford, speaking about suicide in children’s education.
  • 07/19. Featured in article on Adult Eating Disorders (and recovery), Insight, Oxford Health magazine.
  • 04/19. Interview on BBC Radio Oxford, about arts and health.
  • 24/02/19. Featured in article in Oxford Mail, ‘Former lecturer Lorna Collins speaks about 18-year battle with anorexia’.
  • 02/19. BBC1 ‘Inside Out’, featured in coverage of Eating Disorder Awareness Week.
  • 2018. ‘My Best Medicine’ podcast about art and healing, in Culture, Health and Wellbeing, December 2018.

Founder of the ‘Making Sense Hub’ – organising colloquia, leading aesthetic movement:

  •  ‘Making Sense 5: The Six Senses of Art’, 12/07/13, The Metropolitan Museum, New York (with Robert Storr).
  • Making Sense 4: EsSense Across Cultures’, 17/12/12, Cité Universitaire, Paris (with David Black).
  • ‘Making Sense 3: Beauty, Creativity and Healing’, 5/11/11, Whitney Humanities Center, University of Yale (with Elaine Scarry). 
  • ‘Making Sense 2: Théorie esthétique et pratique artistique’, 19-20/10/10, Centre Pompidou, Paris (with Bernard Stiegler). 
  • ‘Making Sense 1: An international interdisciplinary colloquium for an effective aesthetics’, 25/09/09, University of Cambridge (with Jean-Luc Nancy).

Artist and filmmaker. Artwork exhibited/published and film screenings:

  • 08/2021. Writing the World Backwards, world premiere, ArtBomb Festival, Doncaster.
  • 2021. Painting published on front cover of The practical handbook of eating disorders, PCCS Books.
  • February 2018. Psycho, artwork published in ‘Broken Grey Wires’, Issue 1, London.
  • October 2017. Touché, Experimenta Film Festival, India.
  • July 2017. Minding Mines in India, Impact DOCS Awards Festival, California.
  • May 2017. Minding Mines in India, Docs Without Borders Festival, Detroit. Won Award of Excellence.
  • April 2017. Minding Mines in India, TMC London Film Festival, London.
  • March 2017. Minding Mines in India, Arthouse Asia Film Festival, Kolkata, India.
  • February 2017. Touché (revised, new version), 3-Minute Film Festival, in Santa Barbara, CA.
  • January 2015. Touché screening at KHOJ International Artists Association, New Delhi, India.
  • October 2014. Trance (solo, blindfolded dance performance), Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Conference ‘Provocations’, University of Wollongong, Ausralia.
  • September 2014. Flashback (film and installation) at ‘Platform’, Masters Degree Show, Cambridge School of Art.
  • June 2014. Touché (16mm film), screening at ‘Changing Rooms/Changing Spaces’ exhibition, Grafton Centre, Cambridge.
  • April 2014. The Pulse of Prāṇāyāma performance-installation at ETHOS Hot Yoga Sports Studios, Cambridge.
  • April 2014. TRANCE performance at ‘Body Talk’ exhibition at ‘Changing Spaces’ gallery, Norfolk Street, Cambridge.
  • March 2014. Pulse exhibited in ‘I don’t know how to do this…’, at ‘Changing Spaces’ gallery, Norfolk Street, Cambridge.
  • February 2014. Touché (16mm film) screened at Cambridge Arts Picturehouse. World Première.