Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit

Our vision is to establish a culture of excellence in creative arts therapies research and training, grounded in a supportive and inspiring research milieu and fostered in international collaboration.

The Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit (CATRU) aims to support the further development of creative arts therapy disciplines in Melbourne and wider Australia through research and research training.

Currently, this involves the development of a graduate research (PhD) training program for creative arts therapists, and international research collaborations with creative arts therapy academic institutions around the world.

CATRU is happy to announce that the first year of the graduate research program will begin in July 2016.

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Our Mission

  • Graduate Research

    To foster an academic community of graduate researchers conducting high-quality creative arts therapy research in Drama Therapy, Dance Movement Therapy and Art Therapy.

  • Global Partnerships

    To establish an international creative arts therapies research and research training group through global academic partnerships.

  • Evidence Base

    To contribute strategically and substantively to the global evidence base for creative arts therapies.

Creative therapists working at a children's hospital

CATRU graduate program

The CATRU graduate research program is an opportunity to be part of a vibrant and growing creative arts therapy research community at the University of Melbourne. Graduate researchers (PhD candidates) will have access to state-of-the-art academic facilities and highly skilled academic research staff, and will be supported through their candidature with research training programs and individual supervision – from local and international discipline-specific experts.

PhD enrolments are conducted on a case-by-case basis, depending on the proposed study, the availability of appropriate supervisors within our unit, and Melbourne University timelines and priorities. Application is a two-step process. Applicants must first submit a CV and research proposal to the CATRU team for an internal unit review using a prescribed report template. After this review, applicants will be advised if CATRU is able to support their PhD application. This is dependent on the strength of the proposal, our internal supervision capacity based on your proposed project, and research unit priorities. Applicants must then undertake the university-wide application process. All PhD applicants are registered with the appropriate creative arts therapy professional body for their discipline.

Currently, we do not offer professional training programs.

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Our International Partners

We aim to develop an innovative and inter-cultural creative arts therapies research agenda with a global network of research partners. We will plan and implement this agenda in close collaboration with international partner institutions in the US, Brazil and Germany.

Experienced academics and CAT researchers from these institutions will be integrated into the CATRU research and research training agenda as expert supervisors and research collaborators.

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Our people

  • Professor Felicity Baker
    Professor Felicity Baker

    Co-Director, Chair of International Research and Partnerships

  • Professor Katrina Skewes McFerran
    Professor Katrina Skewes McFerran

    Co-Director, Chair of CATRU Advisory Board

  • Dr Kim Dunphy
    Dr Kim Dunphy

    Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Kirsten Meyer
    Dr Kirsten Meyer

    CATRU Coordinator

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Dr Kirsten Meyer
CATRU Coordinator
+61 3 9035 9473

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