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Dr Maria Turri

MSc Lecturer Creative Arts & Mental Health

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Dr Maria Grazia Turri is Lecturer on the MSc Creative Arts and Mental Health, a collaboration between the Centre for Psychiatry and the Department of Drama. She is a psychiatrist and a theatre scholar. Following completion of medical school in Padova (Italy), she obtained her DPhil (Oxford) in psychiatry in 2002. She subsequently trained in psychiatry and psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Oxford, qualifying in Medical Psychotherapy in 2011. She works part-time as a Consultant Psychiatrist in Medical Psychotherapy in the NHS. She is committed to promoting the contribution of the creative arts to research, education and practice in mental health.
She has a PhD in Drama from Exeter University (2015) and her research focuses on understanding processes of identification in theatre through psychoanalytic theory. Her current project is a study of the power dynamics underpinning laughter, with a particular focus on comic processes in Commedia dell’Arte, a theatre form which flourished in the early modern period across Europe. She teaches on psychoanalysis, theatre history and theories, and the intersection between psychiatry and the arts. She supervises MSc dissertations.
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