An Edge Hill Professor has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Riga Stradins University, the medical University of Latvia.
Professor Vicky Karkou was nominated by the Senate of Riga Stradins University for the award of Honorary Doctor (Doctor Honoris Causa) of Medicine for her contribution towards facilitating the establishment and development of an Arts Therapies study programme at the University.
A Riga Stradins University spokesperson said: “The award expresses sincere gratitude about the successful scientific and teaching collaboration between our institutions.”
The official inauguration ceremony took place on 28 November 2014 at the University.
Professor Karkou is a qualified researcher, educator, dance teacher and dance movement psychotherapist, having worked with vulnerable children and adults in schools, voluntary organisations and the NHS.
In 1998 she completed her PhD in arts therapies at the University of Manchester and then moved to the University of Hertfordshire where she worked as a researcher delivering projects in health, arts therapies and arts education. In 2003 she began working in Scotland at Queen Margaret University, initially as a lecturer in art therapy, later becoming a senior lecturer, founding and leading the MSc in Dance Movement Psychotherapy – the only MSc programme in the discipline.
She moved to Edge Hill University in 2013. Her main research and teaching area is the arts for wellbeing which she explores through a range of qualitative, quantitative and arts-based methodologies. She is well published in national and international journals, while acting as the co-editor for the international journal Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy published by Taylor and Francis. Currently she is co-editing her third book (The Oxford Handbook of Dance for Wellbeing), while travels extensively invited to speak at conferences and educational programmes around the world.
Professor Karkou keeps a small psychotherapy private practice as part of the arts and therapies co-operative Emerging Paths which she has co-founded and currently co-directs. She also acts as a consultant for Common Thread, a company offering residential care to children and young people.