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Occupational Therapy & Arts Therapies

Dr. Jane Burns - Lecturer
Art Therapy

Dr. Jane Burns
Art Therapy
Tel: 0131 474 0000

Jane Burns


 Name: Jane Burns

Current Position: Lecturer in Art Therapy,

Queen Margaret University , Musselburgh, Edinburgh , EH21 6UU
0131 474 0000

Areas of Interest:

Art therapies (art, music, dance movement and drama) and older people, in particular older people who have dementia.

Children and young adults on the autistic spectrum

Academic Qualifications

2008 - PhD Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

2003 - Masters in Art Therapy (with Distinction). Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

2001- Postgraduate Diploma in Art Therapy Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

1995 - BA (Hons) in German with Education and the Diploma in Education. Stirling University

Professional Qualifications

2001 - State registered art therapist

1995 - Qualified modern language teacher

Lecturing at Queen Margaret University (2003– 2008)

 Current work: Lecturer in Art Therapy:

Art Based Research (level one)

Art Therapy Theory and Research (level one)

University clinical placement supervisor (level one)

Previous work:

 Visiting Lecturer on the MSc Art Therapy Course

Clinical Experience (2001 – 2007)

Art therapy workshops for Afasic Scotland

Sessional art therapist at Dewar House, dementia unit, South Lanarkshire.

Art therapy workshops for South Lanarkshire social work department.

Art therapist on art therapy pilot project for South Lanarkshire NHS/social work department. Working with older people across different day and residential care settings.

My student art therapy placements were undertaken in both dementia and psychiatric day units in the Scottish Borders.

Non-clinical Work (1996-2001)

Senior support worker. Scottish Society for Autism, Clannalba House, Lamington, Lanarkshire. Worked with children and young adults on the autistic spectrum. Managed day and night teams, supervised and trained care staff as well as working with families and external support agencies.

 Research (2003- present)

 Funding Award  

RBS COPA IOP award of £15,000 to study the relationship between creativity and wellbeing in recently retired older adults. Work undertaken with Dr Vicky Karkou and Susan Oliver.


Burns (2007) Book Review of Talking Over the Year: A Handbook of Dynamic psychotherapy with older adults. Evans, S; Garner, J (eds) (2004) The International Journal of Art Therapy Volume 12, Issue 1 June 2007 pp. 52 - 55

Burns (2006) A perspective: Art Therapy and Dementia in Scotland. IN Spring, D. (2006) (ed.) Art in Treatment: A Transatlantic Dialogue. Charles C Thomas: Springfield

 Conference/Professional Talk

Burns, J, Karkou, V. Nicol M, Blair S (2007) Orientation, Connection, Reflection: Arts therapies with older people who have dementia. The British Gerontological Society, University of Stirling.

Burns, J, Karkou, V. Nicol, M., Blair, S (2007) The patterns of practice of art therapists with older people who have dementia Ist International Conference at Stirling - Citizenship: Responding to the Challenge of Dementia, University of Stirling.

Poster Presentations

Burns, J, Karkou, V., Nicol, M. and Blair, S. (2006) An interpretive description of the patterns of practice of arts therapists working with older people who have dementia (Dramatherapy Perspective): Best Practice Conference. Royal infirmary Edinburgh

Burns, J, Karkou, V., Nicol, M. and Blair, S. (2006) Patterns of Practice of Arts Therapists Working with People with Dementia: Initial results from Dance Movement Therapy findings. Poster presented at the Second International Research Colloquium of the German Association for Dance Therapy. Pforzheim, Germany

 Unpublished Work

Burns, J, Karkou, V (2003)exploring the significance of art therapy for clients with dementia as they move from day into residential care. Unpublished MSc dissertation, Queen Margaret University.

Brief Statement of Current Research Interests

The focus of my clinical work and current academic interest has been in the field of the arts therapies with older people who have dementia. My PhD research was in this area


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