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, where he has published numerous articles and been a keynote speaker at several conferences.
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 supervises PhD and Doctor of Clinical Psychology dissertations at Salomons Centre.
Research and knowledge exchange
Co-I Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project, Museums on Prescription: Exploring the Role of Cultural Heritage in Social Prescribing (2014-17): http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/research/museumsonprescription.The 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.
Co-Director/Collaborator, Wellcome Trust funded residency at The Wellcome Collection Hub, Created Out of Mind: Shaping perceptions of dememntia through art and science (2016-18): http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/News/2016/WTP060262.htm
Interested in the interaction of material objects and humans on cognition, emotion, identity, wellbeing, aesthetics and creativity. Life of Material Objects: http://www.lifeofobjects.org/
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 partner have included Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Oxleas Foundation NHS Trust, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Tunbridge Wells Museum, Beaney Museum, Older Adult Services/Kent & Medway NHS Trust, Alzheimer's Society, Age UK, Bexhill Museum and The Wellcome Hub.
Teaching and subject expertise
Paul is a Professorial Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (PFRSPH) and a member of the British Psychological Society. Other memberships include the London Arts in Health Forum, Public Health England special interest group in Arts and Health, and the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing.
He teaches in the area of research methods, community psychology, and advanced clinical practice.
Chair, Organising committee, First International Arts & Dementia Research Conference, Royal Society for Public Health, 9-10 March 2017: https://www.rsph.org.uk/en/membership/special-interest-groups/arts-and-health/
Organising committee, International Culture, Health and Wellbeing Conference, Bristol, UK, 19-21 June 2017: www.culturehealthwellbeing.org.uk/
Select Conference Presentations
Keynote speaker (2012): Museums and Art Galleries as Research Partners in Public Health Interventions. Cultural Activities and 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.
Keynote speaker (2013). The Psychological Efficacy of Arts Interventions for Early-Stage Dementia. Arts-4-Dementia Best Practice Conference, Sadler’s Wells, London, 8 November.
Invited presenter (2014). Museums and the public health agenda. In good health: How museums can contribute to wellbeing conference. Museums Association Conference, Discovery Museum, Newcastle, 25 March.
Keynote speaker (2015). The arts and dementia: A portfolio of evidence. Interacting with Dementia Symposium. University of Kent, Canterbury, 30 May.
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 from the Wizard of Oz. 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 (2016). The Arts and Dementia: A social prescription for the best possible care. Creative Dementia Arts Network, fifth annual conference: Arts & Dementia: Learning, sharing and caring, St. Hugh’s College, Oxford University, 14-15 April.
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, 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 and the Arts, 6, 262-272.
Camic, P. M. & Chatterjee, H. J. (2013). Museums and 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
Young, R., Camic, P. M. & Tischler, V. (2015). The impact of community-based arts and health interventions on cognition in people with dementia: A systematic literature review. Aging & Mental Health, 20, 337-351
Solway, R., et al. (2015). Museum object handling in older adult mental health. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 17, 201-214
Camic, P.M., et al. (2015). Theorising how art gallery interventions impact people with dementia and their caregivers. The Gerontologist. Advance access: http://gerontologist.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/gnv063?ijkey=e9cuXXuz8FD2xJB&keytype=ref
Young, R., Tischler, V., Hulbert, S. & Camic, P. M. (2015). The impact of art-viewing and 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). Museum activities in dementia care: Using visual analogue scales to measure subjective wellbeing. Dementia. Advance access: DOI: 10.1177/1471301215611763
Solway, R. Camic, P.M., et al. (2016). Material objects and psychological theory in arts and health: A conceptual literature review. Arts & Health: An International Journal of Research, Policy and Practice, 8, 82-101
Unadkat, S., Camic P.M. & Vella-Burrows, T. (2016). Understanding the experience of group singing for couples where one partner has a diagnosis of dementia. The Gerontologist. Advanced access: doi:10.1093/geront/gnv698