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Esther is a Reader in Evidence based health and social care. She worked for 14 years in community development and in children and families social work and since then has been working in the field of evidence for policy and practice. Esther’s interests are mainly in social inclusion, social justice and inequalities, the impact of arts/music on health and wellbeing, and child and family welfare. She has successfully led several externally funded research projects.
Esther is currently leading on the first known evaluation of a choir for adults with a learning disability in collaboration with East Kent Mencap, as well as a collaborative project with Broadstairs Folk Week examining the impact of a community based festival on health and wellbeing. The author of several Cochrane and Campbell Collaboration systematic reviews, Esther is a co-author on a recently published Cochrane review on Singing for adults with COPD, a draft Cochrane protocol on Singing for Parkinson's disease and a Campbell Collaboration project in development on arts interventions in criminal justice settings.
Esther has been in the role of Assistant Director of Research for the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health since December 2016. She is an associate member of the Royal Society for Public Health and a member of the Special Interest Group for Arts and Health. In her private time, to promote her own and others’ wellbeing, Esther sings, tends her garden, practices yoga and pilates, supports women’s empowerment through traditional craft and stitching in India, and is a novice potter.
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