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Professor Paul Camic

Research Director - Salomons Centre

School: School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology

Campus: Salomons

Tel: 03330117114

Profile summary

Paul M Camic  is Professor of Psychology and Public Health, Research Director the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology and a consultant-level clinical health psychologist. He received his BA (Hons) in social geography and environmental studies at Clark University and MA (Hons) in psychology at Tufts University, both in Massachusetts and took a PhD in psychology at Loyola University in Chicago. His internship and post-doctoral fellowship in clinical psychology were completed at the University of Chicago Medical School. He was previously on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Northwestern University Medical School, and Columbia College Chicago, where he was professor of psychology and cultural studies.

In addition to research and clinical work in health psychology in the US and UK, he has also been involved with community-based research in state schools, community organisations and museums/galleries. He is chairperson of the Mayfield (East Sussex) Fringe Festival.

In 2009 Paul, along with colleagues Prof Norma Daykin and Prof Stephen Clift, founded and became co-executive editors of Arts & Health: An International Journal of Research, Policy and Practice published by Routledge: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/rahe. The journal currently has over 6500 subscibers from around the world and has been cited in the House of Lords and US Congress for its contributions to arts and health research.  He is Assocate Editor of the APA journal, Archives of Scientific Psychology and a member of the Material Objects Research Group (MORG),

In the current academic year he is supervising 13 Doctor of Psychology theses and 1 PhD.  

Research and knowledge exchange

Current research (2014-17) includes a three year Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded  project, Museums on Prescription: Exploring the Role of Cultural Heritage in Social Prescribing, with Dr Helen Chatterjee (PI) at University College London.http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/research/museumsonprescription.  

The research specifically seeks to target socially isolated, lonely and vulnerable older adults.

Other interests include developng arts and culture-based resources and on-line tools to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of people with a dementia and those with mental health problems through a public health approach to mental health and wellbeing. Research partners: Dulwich Picture Gallery, Tunbridge Wells Museum, Beaney Musuem, Older Adult Services/Kent & Medway NHS Trust, Alzheimer's Society, and Bexhill Museum.

Teaching and subject expertise

Paul is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH) and a member of the British Psychological Society. Other memberships include Global Alliance for Arts & Health and the London Arts in Health Forum.

He teaches in the area of research methods, community psychology, and advanced clinical practice.

External activities

Organising committee, International Culture, Health and Wellbeing Conference, Bristol, UK 24-26 June 2013: www.culturehealthwellbeing.org.uk/ 

Publications and research outputs

Camic, P.M. (2010). From trashed to treasured: A grounded theory analysis of found objects. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, 4(2), 81-92. ISSN: 1931-3896;DOI: 10.1037/a0018429 

Von Lob, G., Camic, P.M. & Clift, S. M. (2010). The use of singing-in-a-group as a response to adverse life events.  International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 12(3), 45-53. 

Alcock, C., Camic, P.M., Barker, C., Haridi, C. & Raven, R.  (2011). Intergenerational practice in the community: An applied ethnographic evaluation. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 21, 419-432.

Roberts, S., Camic, P.M. & Springham, N. (2011). New roles for art galleries: Art-viewing as a community intervention for family carers of people with mental health problems. Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, 3(2), 146-159. ISSN 1753-3015DOI: 10.1080/17533015.2011.561360

Camic, P. M., Williams, C. M. & Meeten, F. (2011).  Does a ‘singing together group’ improve the quality of life of people with a dementia and their carers?  A pilot evaluation study. Dementia: The International Journal for Social Research and Practice, 12(3). DOI: 10.1177/1471301211422761

Livesey, L., Morrison, I., Clift, S. & Camic, P.M. (2012). Perceived benefits of choral singing on health: A comparison of singers with high and low psychological wellbeing.  Journal of Public Mental Health, 11(1), 10-26. ISSN:1746-5729 DOI:10.1108/17465721211207275

Eeckelaar, C., Camic, P.M. & Springham, N. (2012). Art galleries, episodic memory and verbal fluency in dementia: An exploratory study. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, 6(3), 262-272. ISSN: 1931-3896  DOI: 10.1037/a0027499 

Camic, P. M. & Chatterjee, H. J. (2013). Museums and art galleries as partners in public health interventions.  Perspectives in Public Health, 133 66-71.. DOI:10.1177/1757913912468523 

Camic, P. M., Tischler, V. &  Pearman, C. (2014). Viewing and making art together: An eight-week gallery-based intervention for people with dementia and their caregivers. Aging & Mental Health, 18(2), 161-168.

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