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Erminia Colucci, PhD CulturalPsychiatry, MPhil EthnoDocum/Anthro, BPsycSc(Hons), PGDip


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Erminia Colucci

Dr Erminia Colucci is Co-lead and lecturer of the MSc in Creative Arts and Mental Health, and the MSc in Mental Health and Law; Lead and lecturer of the module on Applied Research Methods in Mental Health; and Lecturer in Cultural and Global Perspectives in Mental Health Care and in Psychological Therapies at the Centre for Psychiatry. Prior to this, she was both a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Global and Cultural Mental Health Unit, Centre for Mental Health (formerly Centre for International Mental Health) at The University of Melbourne (Australia).

Erminia has a wide interdisciplinary experience in qualitative and multi-method research and evaluation methods with an emphasis on culturally-appropriate, applied community-based participatory approaches, and arts-based/visual methods. Prior to joining QMUL, Erminia was awarded a University of Melbourne Early Career Research Award to conduct an ethnographic documentary-based project about violence against women and suicide prevention in the Philippines, which is currently under completion. She was also the coordinator of the interdisciplinary Melbourne Refugee Studies Program and co-coordinator of the knowledge exchange project ‘Visualizing health and well-being’. Erminia has also held lecturing and/or research roles in Japan (Kansai University of International Studies), Italy (University of Padua), India (Dev Sanskriti University, India), Philippines (University of the Philippines) and Indonesia.

In 2008 she completed a PhD in Cultural Psychiatry with a dissertation on ‘The cultural meanings of suicide: A comparison between Australian, Indian and Italian students’, with the University of Queensland, Australia, for which she was awarded the Suicide Prevention Australia Emerging Researcher LIFE Award, the Dr Helen Row–Zonta Memorial Prize and The University of Queensland Travel Award. With a growing interest in applied, activist and social-change driven research, she later completed an MPhil in Visual Anthropology/Ethnographic Documentary (School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, UK) with a dissertation and ethnographic film-documentary about human rights violations of people with mental health issues in Indonesia ( Prior to this, Erminia worked in Italy as a clinical psychologist, after completing her studies in Clinical and Community Psychology (First Class Honours) at the University of Padua and in Data Analysis in Psychology (PGCertificate, University of Florence).

Erminia is the chair of the International Association for Suicide Prevention SIG in Culture and Suicidal Behaviour, co-chair of the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry SIG on Arts, Media and Mental Health and founder/director of Aperture, the Asia-Pacific Ethnographic Documentary Festival. She is also Honorary Research Fellow at the Global and Cultural Mental Health Unit, The University of Melbourne.

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