We are made up of researchers and practitioners in dance, health, and digital technology. Some network members have lived experience of chronic pain or have family members who live with pain. Several of us move between many and all of these things – dance, health, technology and experiences of pain. We welcome those who are interested to be involved to get in touch, especially those with lived experience of persistent pain.

Organisers/ Investigators

Principal Investigator – Dr Emma Meehan, Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University (research profile)

Co-Investigator – Professor Bernie Carter, Faculty of Health and Social Care, Edge Hill University (research profile)

Research Support – Sarah Charles, PhD candidate, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University (research profile)

Participants/ consultants

Ross Armstrong, Lecturer in Primary and Urgent Care, University of Cumbria

Tamara Ashley, Senior Lecturer in Dance, University of Bedfordshire

Susan Brooks, independent interdisciplinary researcher

Lisa Dowler, independent dance artist, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

Ruth Gibson, Associate Professor in Dance, Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University

Gina Giotaki, Senior Lecturer in Dance, Edge Hill University

Aline Nogueira Haas, Senior Lecturer, School of Physical Education, Physiotherapy and Dance, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul

Julie Hanna, Lecturer in Occupational Therapy/Life Sciences, University of Liverpool

Nessa Healy, Clinical Specialist in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Blackrock Clinic, Ireland 

Maria Kapsali, Lecturer in Physical Performance, University of Leeds

Vicky Karkou, Chair of Dance, Arts and Wellbeing, Edge Hill University

Eline Kieft, dance scholar and facilitator, Clover Trail

Eugenia Kim, Lecturer in Performing Arts, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Sara Reed, Associate Professor in Dance, Coventry University.

Michael Loizou, Assistant Professor in Postdigital Cultures,  Coventry University

Jane Martindale, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist/ Therapy Research Lead, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Clara Meehan, Senior Occupational Therapist, Professional Project Lead, Health Services Executive, Ireland

Pete Moore, Founder of the Pain Toolkit

Toshio Nomura, Director Nomura Dimensions, Visiting Professor at Yamaguchi University, Visiting Professor, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Coventry University

Elaine O’Sullivan, Research Assistant, Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University

Helen Payne, Professor of Dance Movement Psychotherapy, University of Hertfordshire

Harbinder Sandhu, Associate Professor/Consultant Health Psychologist, Warwick Clinical Trials Unit, University of Warwick

Ala Szczepura, Professor of Health Technology Assessment, Coventry University

Lisa May Thomas, Dance artist, PhD candidate, Department of Theatre, University of Bristol

Jane Toms, Alexander Technique Teacher, West Midlands; and Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, Coventry University

Becca Weber, Lecturer in Dance, University of Auckland

Micia de Wet, PhD candidate, Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University

Catherine Wilkinson, Senior Lecturer in Education, Liverpool John Moores University

Rob Young, independent writer and Faculty Associate at NHS Research & Development North West