Staff Profile


Professor Paul Camic

Academic Sessional

School: Academic Sessional


Tel: 01227 927114

Profile summary

Paul is Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Public Health at CCCU and Honorary Professor of Health Psychology, Dementia Research Centre, University College London.

He was previously Research Director (from 6/2005-4/2019) at the Salomons Institute for Applied Psychology. Prior to coming to Canterbury he was on the faculty of the University of Chicago Medical School, Northwestern University Medical School, and Columbia College Chicago, where he was professor of psychology and cultural studies.

His research on older people and social isolation (Museums on Prescription) has received awards from the Royal Society for Public Health (2017), Public Health England (2017) and Arts + Heritage UK (2018). His research and public engagement work in dementia care and the arts (Created Out of Mind) was a finalist in the 2018 RSPH Health and Wellbeing Awards.

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, where he has published numerous articles and been a keynote speaker at several conferences. A specific area of research interest is in the wellbeing of older people and those with a dementia with a focus on arts and health. 

From 2008-2017 he was a founding co-executive editor of Arts & Health: An International Journal of Research, Policy and Practice published by Routledge:

He is a Professorial Fellow at the Royal Society for Public Health (PFRSPH) and chair of the RSPH Special Interest Group in Arts, Health & Wellbeing 9/2017-9/2019). Paul is also a Fellow at the Saltzburg Global Seminar (2017-ongoing). 

Research and knowledge exchange

Current and recent research:

Co-I, ESRC-NIHR funded (2019-2023) mixed-methods study, The impact of multicomponent peer support groups for those living with rare dementias (£3.65 million, Seb Crutch, P-I, UCL).

Under development (due out late 2020): second edition of Qualitative Research in Psychology: Expandng perspecties in methodology and design. Washington, DC: APA Press.

Co-Director/Collaborator, Wellcome Trust funded research and public engagement residency at The Wellcome Collection Hub, Created Out of Mind: Shaping perceptions of dementia through art and science (2016-18): (£1.1 million, Seb Crutch, UCL P-I)

Co-I Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project (£550,000), Museums on Prescription: Exploring the Role of Cultural Heritage in Social Prescribing (2014-17): research specifically seeks to target socially isolated, lonely and vulnerable older adults and to develop referral pathways from health and social care and charities to local museum wellbeing programmes.

Ongoing development of the Canterbury Wellbeing Scales to assess 'in the moment' wellbeing in people with mild to moderate dementias.

Longterm interest in our interaction with of material objects and how this shapes cognition, emotion, identity, wellbeing, aesthetics and creativity. 

Other interests include developing 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 and public engagement partners have included Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Oxleas Foundation NHS Trust, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Tunbridge Wells Museum, Nottingham Contemporary, Beaney Museum, Older Adult Services/Kent & Medway NHS Trust, Alzheimer's Society, Age UK, Bexhill Museum, Royal Society for Public Health, All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, The Wellcome Hub at Wellcome Collection and UCL Dementia Research Centre.

Teaching and subject expertise

Paul is a Professorial Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (PFRSPH) and a member of the London Arts & Health Forum. Previous memberships have included the APA, BPS, AERA and Faculty of Public Health. 

He has taught in the areas of research methods, health and community psychology, and advanced clinical practice.

External activities

Programme chair, Powerful Partners: Advancing Dementia Care through the Arts and Science, Royal Society for Public Health, 24 November 2017.

Chair, Organising committee, and programme chair, First International Arts & Dementia Research Conference, Royal Society for Public Health, 9-10 March 2017:

Organising committee, International Culture, Health and Wellbeing Conference, Bristol, UK, 19-21 June 2017: 

Royal Society for Public Health, Arts & Health Awards Committee, 2011-2016

Select Conference Presentations

Keynote speaker (2012): Museums & Art Galleries as Research Partners in Public Health Interventions. Cultural Activities & Health Conference, HUNT Research Centre, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, 9-10 August.

Camic, P.M. (2013). Museums, Art Galleries and Public Health: Evaluating Health and Wellbeing Interventions. Paper presented at the 6th International Inclusive Museums Conference, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark, 22-24 April.

Invited presenter (2014). Museums & the public health agenda. In good health: How museums can contribute to wellbeing conference. Museums Association Conference, Discovery Museum, Newcastle, 25 March.

Plenary speaker (2015).  Social prescribing: A review of UK and non-UK community referral schemes. The Art of Social Prescribing Conference, Cultural Commissioning Programme, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool, 17 September.

Keynote speaker (2015). Disrupting and restructuring healthcare: Social prescriptions. Breaking Into the Temples of Culture: Exploring Arts, Health and Wellbeing Initiatives in the Community Symposium, Tate Liverpool Museum, 27 November.

Symposium conveyor (2015). Engaging with dementia through language, culture and wellbeing. Division of Clinical Psychology 50th anniversary conference, London.  4 December.

Keynote speaker (2017). Caring for carers: A framework for caring communities and the Arts. Arts Council of Northern Ireland, ‘Art of Caring’ Conference, Belfast, 26 April

Camic, P.M., et al. (2017). Museums on prescription: A social prescribing intervention for isolated older adults. European Health Psychology Society Annual Conference, 29 August-2 September, University of Padova, Italy.

Camic, P.M. & Strohmaier, S. (2017). Conceptualising what we mean by ‘wellbeing’ in the dementias. Powerful Partners: Advancing Dementia Care through the Arts & Sciences Conference, Royal Society for Public Health, London, 24 November.

Camic, P. M. & Crutch, S. J. (2017). The role of the arts in mitigating the impact of the impact of dementia. Innovations in Dementia Care & Dementia Friendly Communities. Salzburg Global Seminars, Salzburg, Austria, 28 November-3 December.

Invited presenter (2018). Objects in Our Lives: Material objects and dementia care. Wellcome Collection Reading Room, London, 5 June. 

Keynote speaker (2018). Singing across the dementias. Kent and Medway Partnership Trust Research Development Conference. 26 October.

Publications and research outputs

Select publications

Camic, P.M. (2010). From trashed to treasured: A grounded theory analysis of found objects. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity & the Arts, 4, 81-92

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

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

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

Camic, P.M., et al. (2015). Theorising how art gallery interventions impact people with dementia and their caregivers. The Gerontologist, 56, 1033-1041.

Young, R., Tischler, V., Hulbert, S. & Camic, P. M. (2015). The impact of art-viewing & art-making on verbal fluency and memory in people with dementia. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, 9, 368-375

Johnson, J., Culverwell, A., Hulbert, S., Robertson, M. & Camic, P.M. (2015/2017). Museum activities in dementia care: Using visual analogue scales to measure subjective wellbeing.  Dementia, 16, 591-610. DOI: 10.1177/1471301215611763 

Unadkat, S., Camic P.M. & Vella-Burrows, T. (2017). Understanding the experience of group singing for couples where one partner has a diagnosis of dementia. The Gerontologist, 47, 468-478. doi:10.1093/geront/gnv698 

Camic, P. M., Hulbert, S. & Kimmel, J. (2017). Museum object handling: A health promoting community-based activity for dementia care. Journal of Health Psychology. Advanced access: doi: 10.1177/1359105316685899 

Thomas, G. E. C., Crutch, S. & Camic, P. M. (2018). Measuring physiological responses to the arts in people with a dementia: A systemized literature review. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 123, 64-73. DOI:

Camic, P. M., et al. (2018). Conceptualising artistic creativity in the dementias: Interdisciplinary approaches to research and practice. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1-12. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg2018.0182 


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