Collaborators’ CV


Karen Heald is an artist, filmmaker and academic researcher whose artwork has evolved out of working site-specifically and on international residencies. She engages in a variety of collaborations with diverse practitioners such as artists, scientists, medical doctors and numerous other academics.  Karen is a Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences (2012-2015) and a Lecturer on the MA Fine Art, School of Creative Studies and Media (2014 – present) at Bangor University. She is also an associate member of the Centre for Mental Health and Society (CFMHAS) and from 2011 – 2014 was an Honorary Researcher/Artist in Residence in the Psychiatric department at Betsi Cadwaladwr University Health Board (BCU HB). In 2012 Karen became a board member of the Northern Arts and Science Network. Her research within the University of Salford’s, Contemporary Fine Art Practice Group (2009-2012), focused on narrative, sensory intelligences and kinaesthetic learning through creative frameworks. The concept of In-between-ness in Karen’s PhD (2014) titled ‘ ‘Dream Films’ and Research as Collaborative Practice through Contemporary Art and Science Methodologies’ explored time, creativity and its relationship to video, site-specificity, and the philosophical complexities of arts and science collaborations. Through a variety of media, primarily video, installation and photography, she has evolved her own poetic visual language that engages with the differences and similarities between painting and film, creating a language of “painterly reverie” that communicates difficult social issues with subtle, oblique visual stanzas.

Karen has a practice-based PhD and a MA in Contemporary Fine Art from Leeds Metropolitan University and a BA (Hons) in Visual Arts from the University of Salford.




Susan Liggett is an artist, senior lecturer and academic researcher at Glyndwr University. Her art practice explores personal memory within the traditional genres of landscape, figure, and still life painting. She is interested in psychological resonance; that she describes as an echo in the mind generated from experience of the world that often f eels richer than the experience itself. It is like Agnes Martin’s description of beauty; the beauty of a rose still exists in our mind once the rose has gone (Martin, A 1991). Susan’s paintings contemplate the in-between space that originates from experience then is poeticized through her ritualistic engagement with oil paint.

Susan has a PhD from the University of Wales, a Post Graduate Diploma in Painting (MA) from The Royal Academy Schools, London, has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Nottingham Trent University.


Richard Tranter is a consultant psychiatrist working in Nelson, New Zealand. Studying medicine at Oxford University, Manchester University, and completing intercalated degrees in Physiological Sciences (with a focus on neurosciences) at Oxford and History of Medicine at Manchester. His dissertation at Manchester analysed the poem Piers Plowman to explore mediaeval theories of psychology. Gaining membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1999 he was awarded his PhD from the School of Medicine in Manchester in 2009. The PhD research examined responses to antidepressant treatment. One outcome from this research was replicating findings from healthy volunteer studies conducted by Catherine Harmer’s group in Oxford that antidepressants alter emotional processing, in this case how people recognise facial expressions of emotion. Richard was principal investigator on a HTA funded clinical trial examining folic acid augmentation of antidepressant treatment. He is linked into various large-scale research projects in the field of affective disorders and psychosis, and is keen to extend the PhD work on the psychological/social effects of antidepressants through questioning how processes of constructions/experience/reality, of ourselves, can be influenced through medication. From 2009-2012 he was a senior clinical lecturer with the Department of Medical Sciences, Bangor University, in North Wales, and from 2011 – 2012 Assistant Director in Research and Development at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.


Rob Poole is Professor of Social Psychiatry at Bangor University and Co-Director of the Centre for Mental Health and Society. He trained at St George’s Hospital, London and in Oxford. From 1988 to 2004 he was an NHS consultant psychiatrist in a severely deprived part of Liverpool. He was closely involved in developing services such as the Criminal Justice Liaison Team and the Homeless Outreach Team. In 2004 he moved to a clinical post in rural North East Wales. Since 2009 he has been a full time clinical academic. In 2011 he was elected Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales. His research interests include the relationship between substance misuse (especially alcohol) and mental illness, the care of people with intractable mental illness, prescribing practice, the nature of the relationship between social inequality and severe mental illness, and the relationship between mental illness and creativity. He has published work, and has work in progress, on all of these topics and others. He has co-authored two books, which are concerned with clinical skills. With Dr Robert Higgo and Professor Catherine Robinson he is working on a third text, on mental health and poverty.


Catherine A Robinson is Professor of Social Policy Research, Co-Director of the Centre for Mental Health and Society, Bangor University.  Graduated in Psychology from Bangor University in 1987.  During an active and varied research career she has built a significant profile in social policy research and has a leading role in social care research in Wales. Much of her work involves partnership with service organisations and she plays an important role in building capacity in social care and health research in Wales. The Centre for Mental Health and Society has emerged from a recent collaboration with Rob Poole and draws together and supports an interdisciplinary group of policy and applied researchers.  The Centre is building a reputation for developing high quality mixed methods research studies which have conceptual and instrumental impact. Catherine is involved in the supervision of postgraduate and postdoctoral research in the School of Social Sciences. Catherine has a particular interest in narrative research methods and everyday lives.  Recent projects include work with carers for people with mental health problems, death and alcohol and adult survivors of childhood abuse.