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Victoria Tischler

Associate Professor


Professor Tischler is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She has a PhD in psychology from the University of Nottingham where she worked for 12 years. She retains an honorary position at the University of Nottingham Medical School. Her research interests focus on creativity and mental health and multisensory approaches to dementia care. She is co-executive editor of the journal Arts and Health: an international journal for research, policy and practice. She has worked as a curator in the outsider art field, she serves on the scientific advisory board for Boots UK archive and is an advisory board member for the Hamwe Festival, University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda.

Research Highlights to Date

Spending four years researching ‘Art in the Asylum’, culminating in a exhibition in 2012. It charted the diagnostic and therapeutic use of creativity in mental health settings in the UK from the 1830s to the 1960s, and the influence of work created by patients on the art historical canon e.g. on British Surrealists such as Julian Trevelyan. I loved leading the ‘The Imagination Cafe’, a pop-up touring installation serving afternoon tea with art and music activities that showcased novel research findings on the use of visual arts to improve health outcomes for people living with dementia, that visited venues as diverse as the market square in Nottingham, City Arts Centre in Edinburgh and MOSTYN in North Wales, and Culture Box, a pandemic responsive project that posts interactive creative activities to care staff and residents across England, aiming to alleviate social isolation and loneliness.

Work she will be doing with the Centre

I look forward to supporting the future vision of the Centre via the executive board, collaborating with colleagues on research and supervising PhD students.