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Jane Edwards

Jane Edwards

Editor-in-Chief, The Arts in Psychotherapy


An experienced academic leader, PhD qualified with high level expertise demonstrated through founding multiple new strategic developments; to date in 7 universities across 4 countries. My career goal is to continue to lead exciting changes in higher education and relevant sectors that are responsive to community and student n...






Editor-in-Chief, The Arts in Psychotherapy

The Arts in Psychotherapy is a dynamic international journal covering intersections between multiple topics in mental health and the arts. The journal is one of the oldest in the creative arts therapies area; founded in 1974.

My role is to develop high quality content for the journal working with scholars, practitioners and research teams across the world. My challenge through the next years is to increase the impact of the journal, particularly in its recognition as a key source for high level scholarship in mental health and community practice.

I relish this opportunity to work collaboratively with seasoned and new authors to produce top quality, highly relevant content that supports innovative practice and new research methods.

I am proud to be the first Australian to hold this role.

Deakin University

Associate Professor - Course Developer

A rapid development and good use of my skills led to the founding of Master of Child Play Therapy- H705, the first such training based in an Australian university. Application numbers were unprecedented through 2014 and 2015 for this highly sought after programme.

I have developed curriculum for H705, and now teach specialist trauma and therapy units through the cloud based e-learning system at Deakin.

My research topics include rights of the child, mental health service delivery, qualitative methods for healthcare research, and children's play.

International Association for Music & Medicine

Inaugural President

This position has allowed me to demonstrate my leadership skills across international contexts.

My start up skills have been constantly tested with founding a new association responsive to international needs across medical, performing arts, and education sectors.

One of the main activities of the association is a biennial conference. During my presidency these have been held in Austria, Thailand, and Canada. In 2016 the conference will be held in Beijing China, and the 2018 conference will be in Barcelona, Spain. I am directly involved in all aspects of conference development and hosting working with and delegating tasks in communications, publicity, the scientific processes for paper selection, and devising awards and markers of repute to reward high level contributions at the events. .

The journal Music and Medicine was originally published by SAGE. I successfully negotiated the sale of the journal to IAMM in 2014, and the journal is now published through the OJS platform.

I convened and hosted the inaugural meeting of the Founding Members at the University of Limerick, Ireland, in 2009 with funding from the School of Medicine at the University of Limerick. The journal Music and Medicine was launched at this meeting.

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