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Research Spotlight

Check out these featured arts and health publications from our ECRs! To have your work featured as part of our Research Spotlight, email a link to your paper here or use the hashtag #ArtsHealthSpotlight on Twitter.


Fancourt, D., Aughterson, H., Finn, S., Walker, E., & Steptoe, A. (2021). How leisure activities affect health: a narrative review and multi-level theoretical framework of mechanisms of action. The Lancet Psychiatry.

Ioannides, E., Pantagoutsou, A., & Jury, H. (2021). Contemporary artworks as transformational objects in art psychotherapy museum groupwork. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 73, 101759.


Mak, H. W., & Fancourt, D. (2021). Do socio-demographic factors predict children’s engagement in arts and culture? Comparisons of in-school and out-of-school participation in the Taking Part Survey. Plos one, 16(2), e0246936.


Elsden, E., & Roe, B. (2020). Does arts engagement and cultural participation impact depression outcomes in adults: a narrative descriptive systematic review of observational studies. Journal of Public Mental Health.

Laitinen, L., Jakonen, O., Lahtinen, E., & Lilja-Viherlampi, L. M. (2020). From grass-roots activities to national policies–the state of arts and health in Finland. Arts & Health, 1-18.

Fancourt, D., Warran, K., & Aughterson., H. (2020). Evidence Summary for Policy: The role of arts in improving health & wellbeing. Report to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport April 2020.

Aughterson, H., Baxter, L., & Fancourt, D. (2020). Social prescribing for individuals with mental health problems: a qualitative study of barriers and enablers experienced by general practitioners. BMC Family Practice, 21(1), 1-17.

Howlin, C., & Rooney, B. (2020). The Cognitive Mechanisms in Music Listening Interventions for Pain: A Scoping Review. Journal of Music Therapy, 57(2), 127-167.

Baxter, L., & Fancourt, D. (2020). What are the barriers to, and enablers of, working with people with lived experience of mental illness amongst community and voluntary sector organisations? A qualitative study. PLoS one, 15(7), e0235334.

Carswell, C., Reid, J., Walsh, I., McAneney, H., Lee, J. B., & Noble, H. (2020). Complex arts-based interventions for patients receiving haemodialysis: A realist review. Arts & Health, 1-27.

Howlin, C., & Rooney, B. (2020). Patients choose music with high energy, danceability, and lyrics in analgesic music listening interventions. Psychology of Music, 0305735620907155.

Fancourt, D., & Mak, H. W. (2020). What barriers do people experience to engaging in the arts? Structural equation modelling of the relationship between individual characteristics and capabilities, opportunities, and motivations to engagePLoS One, 15(3), e0230487.

Fancourt, D., & Warran, K. (2020). Singing for cancer: implications from psychoneuroimmunology. In The Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Studies in Singing, Volume III: Wellbeing (pp. 74-85). Routledge.

Fancourt, D., & Warran, K. (2020). A Logic Model For The Effects Of Singing On Health: Introduction to Part I. In The Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Studies in Singing, Volume III: Wellbeing (pp. 17-29). Routledge.

Mak, H. W., Coulter, R., & Fancourt, D. (2020). Does arts and cultural engagement vary geographically? Evidence from the UK household longitudinal study. Public Health, 185, 119-126.

Mak, H. W., Coulter, R., & Fancourt, D. (2020). Patterns of social inequality in arts and cultural participation: Findings from a nationally representative sample of adults living in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Arts and health: creative solutions to complex challenges, World Heath Organisation, Vol. 6, Issue 1. 

Tan, M. K. B., & Atkinson, S. (2020). Multiplicity and Encounters of Cultures of Care in Advanced Ageing. In GeoHumanities and Health, (pp. 241-259). Springer, Cham.


D’Cunha, N. M., McKune, A. J., Isbel, S., Kellett, J., Georgousopoulou, E. N., & Naumovski, N. (2019). Psychophysiological Responses in People Living with Dementia after an Art Gallery Intervention: An Exploratory Study. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, (Preprint), 1-14.

Mak, H. W., & Fancourt, D. (2019). Arts engagement and self‐esteem in children: results from a propensity score matching analysis. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Rieger, K. L., Chernomas, W. M., McMillan, D. E., & Morin, F. L. (2019). The arts as a catalyst for learning with undergraduate nursing students: findings from a constructivist grounded theory study. Arts & health, 1-20.

Kinsey, D., Lang, I., Orr, N., Anderson, R., & Parker, D. (2019). The impact of including carers in museum programmes for people with dementia: a realist review. Arts & Health, 1-19.

Sumner, R. C., Crone, D. M., Baker, C., Hughes, S., Loughren, E. A., & James, D. V. (2019). Factors associated with attendance, engagement and wellbeing change in an arts on prescription intervention. Journal of Public Health.

Tan, M. K. B. (2019). Art and Design Education in the Ecology of Care. International Journal of Art & Design Education, 38(4), 878-886.

Warran, K., Fancourt, D., Wiseman, T. (2019). How does the process of group singing impact upon people affected by cancer? A grounded theory study. BMJ Open, 9:e023261.

Warran, K., Fancourt, D., & Perkins, R. (2019). The experience and perceived impact of group singing for men living with cancer: A phenomenological study. Psychology of Music, 0305735619854526.

Williamson, V. J., & Bonshor, M. (2019). Wellbeing in brass bands: the benefits and challenges of group music making. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 1176.

Willis, S. E., Neil, R., Mellick, M. C., & Wasley, D. (2019). The relationship between occupational demands and well-being of performing artists: A systematic review. Frontiers in psychology, 10, 393.

McKean, A., & Massey-Chase, K. (2019). Playing for Time Theatre Company: Perspectives from the Prison. Bristol: Intellect.


Groarke, J. M., & Hogan, M. J. (2018). Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the Adaptive Functions of Music Listening Scale. Frontiers in psychology, 9, 516.


Jensen, A., & Bonde, L. O. (2018). The use of arts interventions for mental health and wellbeing in health settings. Perspectives in public health, 1757913918772602.

Jensen, A. (2018). Interdisciplinary arts and health practice with an institutional logics perspective. Arts & Health, 1-13.

Jensen, A. (2018). Mental health recovery and arts engagement. The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 13(3), 157-166.

Kasdan, A., & Kiran, S. (2018). Please don’t stop the music: Song completion in patients with aphasia. Journal of Communication Disorders, 75, 72-86.

Brownett, T. (2018). Social capital and participation: The role of community arts festivals for generating well-being. Journal of Applied Arts & Health, 9(1), 71-84. 

Finn, S., & Fancourt, D. (2018). The biological impact of listening to music in clinical and nonclinical settings: A systematic review. In Progress in Brain Research (Vol. 237, pp. 173-200). Elsevier.

Gould, G. S., Stevenson, L., Bovill, M., Oliva, D., Keen, J., Dimer, L., & Gruppetta, M. (2018). “Building strength in coming together”: a mixed methods study using the arts to explore smoking with staff working in Indigenous tobacco control. Health Promotion Journal of Australia.

Holt, N. J. (2018). Using the experience-sampling method to examine the psychological mechanisms by which participatory art improves wellbeing. Perspectives in public health, 138(1), 55-65.

Krause, A. E., Davidson, J. W., & North, A. C. (2018). Musical Activity and Well-being: A New Quantitative Measurement Instrument. Music Perception: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 35(4), 454-474.

Massey-Chase, K. (2018). Applied Theatre in Adolescent Mental Health Transition Care. Perspectives in Public Health, 138(1), 16–17.

Tan, M. K. B. (2018). Towards a caring practice: reflections the processes and components of arts-health practice. Arts & Health, 1-18.

Tan, M. K. B. (2018). Connecting reminiscence, art making and cultural heritage: A pilot art-for-dementia care programme. Journal of Applied Arts & Health, 9(1), 25-36.

Williams, E., Dingle, G. A., & Clift, S. (2018). A systematic review of mental health and wellbeing outcomes of group singing for adults with a mental health condition. European Journal of Public Health,

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