Arts-Based Research and Practice: Mini-Retreat and Workshop

Saturday, October 14, 2023, 9:45am to 3:45pm ET
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education,
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1V6


Health humanities and arts-based approaches offer a wide variety of ways to create and impactfully mobilize new knowledge and understanding. The workshop will facilitate participants’ skills in designing and implementing health humanities and arts-focused scholarly projects in the areas of health research, health professions education or science communication and advocacy. The workshop will offer a variety of experientially modelled approaches that draw on narrative methods, critical discourse analysis, and visual arts practices, with a focus on how an interdisciplinary or novice scholar might engage in these. By the end of the workshop participants will develop their own personalized roadmap for a scholarly undertaking or project through health arts and humanities. Participants will also receive a curated set of resources to use post-workshop.

Target Audience

This workshop is most relevant for early career faculty and trainees (PhD, post-doctoral and MD) developing careers in academic medicine and health professions education as well as those looking to augment or transition their scholarly and pedagogical approaches to incorporate arts-based and health humanities practices. The methodologies discussed are applicable to teaching, research, and advocacy/science communication. Participants engaging in the workshop will take part in experiential training as well as develop theoretical resources specific to their interests, to help them apply the skills and practices to their own settings and contexts.

Program Highlights

  • Hands-on workshop led by experienced facilitators carrying out humanities and arts-based research in health settings and in health professions education
  • Support to design your own scholarly project using health arts and humanities approaches
  • Integration of theory and methods across various approaches
  • Curated resources to continue to develop your project or interests post-workshop
  • Networking time with facilitators and participants


Program Fee: $475
Subsidized Fee: $50, available with promo code PSNBM2340

All amounts are in Canadian Dollars (CAD $) and are subject to 13% HST.

Subsidies are available to support graduate students and health professions trainees. Please email to be considered.


Suze Berkhout

Suze Berkhout

Dr. Suze Berkhout is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and an affiliate of the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto. She is an early career clinician-investigator and practicing psychiatrist. Her program of research in feminist Science and Technology Studies (STS) utilizes ethnographic, narrative and arts-based methods to explore social and cultural issues impacting access and navigation through health care systems. She also co-leads a capacity building seed grant to support early career researchers in health arts and humanities research practices. She loves coffee and thinking about how to complicate the narratives we share with each other in medicine.

Chantalle Clarkin

Chantalle Clarkin

Dr. Chantalle Clarkin is a qualitative health researcher with a passion for participatory arts-based approaches and digital storytelling. As a Registered Nurse by background with over 20 years of clinical experience, Chantalle holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of Ottawa, and a specialization in non-fiction media and documentary filmmaking from the Documentary Film Institute. Chantalle is a Staff Scientist with Talk Suicide Canada at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), an award-winning filmmaker, and an adjunct lecturer with the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include mental health and suicide prevention, community-based research, documentary film methods, and arts-engaged research for civic engagement and social activism. Chantalle is also the Associate Director of HeART Lab (Health equity, Art, Research and Technology), a health humanities research lab ( that brings together caregivers, community members, healthcare providers, and artists through collaborative co-design and storytelling for mental health.

Eva Marie

Eva Marie MA RP (she/her)

Eva-Marie Stern MA RP (she/her) is an art psychotherapist and medical educator, adjunct faculty in the Department of Psychiatry (U Toronto), and a Harvard Fellow in Art Museum-Based Health Professions Education. She was a co-founder of WRAP and the Trauma Therapy Program at Women’s College Hospital. Her interests intersect in a Venn diagram of art, trauma, and learning. She practices and consults at in Toronto.

Shelley Wall

Shelley Wall AOCAD, MScBMC, PhD

Shelley Wall is an associate professor in the Biomedical Communications graduate program at the University of Toronto, with an educational background in literature, fine art, and medical illustration. The focus of her research and creative work for the past decade has been graphic medicine. She is co-editor, with Abby Hershler, Lesley Hughes, and Patricia Nguyen (illustrator), of Looking at Trauma: A Toolkit for Clinicians, which translates psychoeducational models of trauma into accessible comics for use in trauma therapy. She is a board member of the Graphic Medicine International Collective, an organisation dedicated to guiding and supporting the use of comics in health.

Laura Wright

Laura Wright PhD

Laura Wright, PhD, is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Childhood Studies, University of Edinburgh.
Laura grew up on Nexwlélexwm, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Squamish Nation. Laura’s
research and practice has focused on play and arts based participatory methodologies, children and
youth’s meaningful participation, children’s rights, intergenerational partnerships, social justice, mental
health and psychosocial wellbeing in Canada, South and Eastern Europe, the United Kingdom, East and
West Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. She is passionate about collaboration and is an active member
on several committees (e.g., Child and Young People thematic hub) and boards (e.g., Canadian
Coalition of Children’s Rights) globally.

This workshop is funded through EC3R: Establishing Capacity, Connection and Collaboration for Early Career Researchers working at the Intersection of Arts, Humanities and Health. Funded by the UCL-UoT Emerging Global Talents Fund. (Visit Website)