Lorna Collins

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Lorna Collins is a Research Fellow in the Department of Behavioural Science and Health, at University College London. She researches the efficacy of online art workshops in the focus group of women and domestic abuse. Her active research in arts and health began from her PhD, where she was a triple scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge University. During her PhD, Lorna explored how and why art helps us to make sense of ourselves, and the world. She spoke about her story and research in a TEDx Talk (‘How Creativity Revived Me’). Lorna is now a member of the steering group of the MARCH Network and the Arts Health Early Career Research Network. Previously, Lorna worked as a Peer Support Worker with Oxford Health NHS eating disorder service. She is also the Patient Representative at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Faculty of Eating Disorders, and the Quality Network for Eating Disorders. An author, she writes articles in a number of newspapers and journals about mental health, arts in health and the NHS.

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Mood changes during art workshops: what can they teach us?

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Lorna Collins reviews a novel study which uses an experience sampling method to track momentary wellbeing over the course of an arts on prescription scheme, to predict changes in global wellbeing for people with anxiety and depression.

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Recovery narratives by young people with mental health difficulties

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Lorna Collins reviews a qualitative study on how young people with mental health difficulties perceive and define recovery and their personal journey.

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Stigma and eating disorders: theory and practice

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Lorna Collins writes her debut elf blog on a recent mixed-methods systematic review, which asks: How do people with eating disorders experience the stigma associated with their condition?

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