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Niamh McConaghy, (PhD Researcher)

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Research Interests

My interests are focused on the area of arts and health research, specifically chronic pain communication and visualising pain.

This has extended to arts-based methods of mark-making, poetry, painting and drawing within the context of communicating chronic pain experience. I am also interested in the therapeutic benefits of such activities within a health context, which borders art therapy theory and art psychotherapy. Mental health, isolation, guilt and lonliness are also included in my research interests, alongside mental health experience of clinical providers. 


Prior to beginning this PhD, I completed an MFA in Contemporary Arts Practice, a BA in Fine Art, a Foundation degree in Art and Design and a Level 3 diploma in Business Management. I have recieved a 2nd place award in Northern Ireland Yound Artist of the Year, had the role of co-director within an artist-led organisation and exhibited within the UK and Ireland, most recently at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Derry/Londonderry. I continue to create commission based artwork, mostly in the medium of oil paint. 

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Edinburgh

1 Sep 20151 Jul 2017


1 Sep 20111 Jul 2015


  • 4 Oral presentation
  • 1 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Invited talk

Arts and Health Symposium

Niamh McConaghy (Speaker)
12 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Festival of PhD Research

Niamh McConaghy (Speaker)
11 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Mental Health and Illustration Research Symposium

Niamh McConaghy (Speaker)
8 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Northern Ireland Group for Art as Therapy (NIGAT) summer school

Niamh McConaghy (Speaker)
23 Aug 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

NI Pain Society

Niamh McConaghy (Participant)
12 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...