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Personal profile

Research expertise

In my research I explore the role of arts for holistically-understood wellbeing and creative approaches to therapy and research itself. I am particularly interested in the relevance of arts and belonging for the wellbeing of rural ageing societies and individuals, in the role of creativity for healthy communities, and in the potential of digital technology for health and therapy. Prior to my life as a researcher I trained in psychology, arts therapies and worked in mental health settings.

Research Experience


Research Fellow
University of the Highlands and Islands, Rural Health and Wellbeing / Digital Health


Nordoff-Robbins Scotland

Postdoctoral Researcher / Research Fellow
University of Dundee, Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre

Academic Qualifications

PhD Arts Therapies / Psychotherapy 2014

MSc Clinical Psychology 2005

External positions

Knowledge Exchange Fellow

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Art Therapy Medicine & Life Sciences
Depression Medicine & Life Sciences
Art Medicine & Life Sciences
Therapeutics Medicine & Life Sciences
Research Medicine & Life Sciences
Psychotherapy Medicine & Life Sciences
art Social Sciences
Meta-Analysis Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2013 2019

digital media
technical innovation

Digital. Remote. Connected: The future of art therapy in the Scottish Highlands?

Zubala, A., 23 Feb 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

Art Therapy
Feasibility Studies
2 Citations (Scopus)
45 Downloads (Pure)

Effectiveness of Dance Movement Therapy in the Treatment of Adults With Depression: A Systematic Review With Meta-Analyses

Karkou, V., Aithal, S., Zubala, A. & Meekums, B., 3 May 2019, In : Frontiers in Psychology. p. 1-23 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Dance Therapy
Randomized Controlled Trials

An essence of the therapeutic process in an art therapy group for adults experiencing depression: Therapy process mapping

Zubala, A., 16 May 2018, Arts Therapies in the Treatment of Depression. Zubala, A. & Karkou, V. (eds.). Routledge, p. 102-119 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Art Therapy

Arts Therapies in the Treatment of Depression

Zubala, A. (ed.) & Karkou, V. (ed.), 30 May 2018, Routledge. 256 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Art Therapy
Research Personnel

Activities 2015 2019

  • 8 Publication peer-review
  • 1 Examination
  • 1 Oral presentation

Perspectives in Public Health (Journal)

Ania Zubala (Peer reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal (Journal)

Ania Zubala (Peer reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Children and Youth Services Review (Journal)

Ania Zubala (Peer reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

npj Science of Learning (Journal)

Ania Zubala (Peer reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review