About me




Having  firstly trained as a mental health nurse and counsellor, I have taught  mental health nursing for nearly two decades at the University of  Nottingham where I now hold an Honorary position.

I have developed and researched approaches in Arts and Health for about 20 years. My other main area of research and practice has been the role of the public in the education of mental health professionals.

I have an h-index of 31

My RG Score can be found here

I have supervised 11 PhD students, brought 4 to completion, currently supervise 3  and externally examined 10. 

Having taken early retirement, I continue to work as an independent academic consultant, examine PhDs and volunteer as a befriender to people seeking asylum and refugees.



  • Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Mental Health
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Royal Society for Public Health


Major Achievements

  • 2004 - £265,000 to set up community-based arts programmes in  Nottingham City in collaboration with City Arts (funded by New Deal for  Communities). The Arts on Prescription programme flourished until  2014.    
  • 2004 - £35,000 to develop an action research project to facilitate  a user-led programme of teaching for mental health nursing students  (The University of Nottingham)
  • 2005-2009  - £100,000 for Arts development in Nottinghamshire  Healthcare NHS Trust, this was in collaboration with the Trust's Arts  Coordinator, Penny Coulson
  • 2005- £53,235  - Service User Student Assessment action research project. (Burdett Trust for Nursing)   
  • 2007-2009  - £19,000 -  Open to All. The development of mental  health awareness training for museums and galleries. National Social  Inclusion Programme, in partnership with Museum Libraries and Archives  Council, Tate Modern, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Wallace  Collection and subsequent "Training for Trainers", for museums and  galleries. National Social Inclusion Programme
  • 2006-2012 - £74,000 Various funders for local Arts and Health evaluations and small research projects
  • 2012 - £15,000 Arts, Health & Wellbeing Seminar Series (Economic and Social Research Council)
  • 2013 - €365,481 e-Menthe A collaboration between five  European countries to develop Master´s level eLearning materials in  mental health. (ERASMUS, Life-long Learning).
  • 2017 - €250,000. - Arts & Social Change.  A collaboration between four European countries to develop training for healthcare workers  (ERASMUS, Life-long Learning).

Current Projects

Nottingham People's Choir


In 2013, I set up the Nottingham People's Choir,  with the support of the Institute of Mental Health. The choir (which is  going from strength to strength) meets most Thursdays at 1.00pm in the  Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham City Centre. Do contact me if you would  like any further information. One highlight for the choir in 2015 was  singing with the Jocelyn Pook Ensemble in the Anxiety Fanfare. Follow  this link to see the entire performance at King's Place in London. ​ In 2019 we  collaborated  collaborating with the Royal Shakespeare Company on our own production of Romeo and Juliet!  Read more about the Choir and  see a very short video documentary about this project here.


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recent Publications


Limited to the last 4 years




ADAMS C and STICKLEY T (2019) Participatory arts for people using substances: A rapid review of the literature. Nordic Journal of Arts, Health & Culture. 1 (1) (In Press)


HUI A, STICKLEY T, STUBLEY M and BAKER F, 2019. Project eARTh: Participatory arts and mental health recovery, a qualitative study Perspectives in Public Health. (In Press.)

 TORRISSEN W and STICKLEY T. (2019). Acting for mental health: A critical narrative analysis of one person’s recovery process. Journal of Applied Arts & Health, 10(1), 57-71. 


DOYLE L, ELLILÄ H, JORMFELDT H, LAHTI M, HIGGINS A,  KEOGH B, MEADE O, SITVAST J, SKÄRSÄTER I, STICKLEY T and KILKKU N, 2018.  Preparing master-level mental health nurses to work within a wellness  paradigm: Findings from the eMenthe project International Journal of  Mental Health Nursing. 27(2), 823-832

TORRISSEN W and STICKLEY T, 2018. Participatory theatre and mental health recovery: a narrative inquiry. Perspectives in Public Health. 138(1), 47-54

STICKLEY T, WRIGHT N and SLADE M, 2018. The art of recovery: outcomes from participatory arts activities for people using mental health services Journal of Mental Health. 27, 367-373

LAHTI M, ELLILÄ H, JORMFELDT H, SKÄRSÄTER I, DOYLE L, HIGGINS A, KEOGH B, MEADE O, STICKLEY T, SITVAST J and KILKKU N, 2018. The  required knowledge for lifespan mental health promotion and prevention  for Master’s level mental health nurse education – the eMenthe project International Journal of Health Promotion and Education.

STICKLEY T, 2018. Arts, health and wellbeing: a public health approach whose time has come (Editorial) Perspectives in Public Health. 138(1), 3-4

SAYERS T and STICKLEY T, 2018. Participatory Arts, Recovery and Social Inclusion Mental Health and Social Inclusion.  22 Issue: 3, pp.149-156 

STICKLEY T and FRESHWATER D, 2018. Emotional Intelligence for Health Care Professions – Professional Compathy. In: LORRAINE DACRE POOL and PAMELA QUALTER, eds., An Introduction to Emotional Intelligence Wiley. 149-160

STICKLEY T, HUI A, STUBLEY M, BAKER F and WATSON M C, 2018. “Write Here, Sanctuary” Creative writing for refugees and people seeking asylum. Arts & Health, An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice.  DOI: 10.1080/17533015.2018.1494450

SKÄRSÄTER  I, KEOGH B, DOYLE L, ELLILÄ H, JORMFELDT H, LAHTI M, HIGGINS A, MEADE  O, SITVAST J, STICKLEY T and KILKKU N, 2018. Advancing the knowledge,  skills and attitudes of mental health nurses working with families and  caregivers: A critical review of the literature Nurse Education in  Practice. 32,  138-146 

JORMFELDT H, DOYLE L, ELLILA H, HIGGINS A, KEOGH B, MEADE O, STICKLEY T, SKARSATER I and KILKKU N, 2018. Master’s level mental health nursing competencies, a prerequisite for equal health among service users in mental health care International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being.


STICKLEY T, PARR H, ATKINSON S, DAYKIN N, CLIFT S, DE NORA T, HACKING S, CAMIC P, JOSS T, WHITE M and HOGAN S, 2017. Arts, health & wellbeing: reflections on a national seminar series and building a UK research network. Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice.. 9(1), 14-25

KEOGH  B, DOYLE L, ELLILA H, HIGGINS A, JORMFELDT H, MEADE O, SITVAST J,  SKÄRSÄTER I, STICKLEY T and KILKKU N, 2017. Developing e-learning  materials in mental health: the eMenthe Project. Mental Health Practice.  20(5), 36-37

PLUMB L and STICKLEY T, 2017. Singing to promote mental health and well-being Mental Health Practice. 20(8), 31-36

STICKLEY  T and CLIFT S, eds., 2017. Arts, Health and Wellbeing: A Theoretical  Inquiry for Practice. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle.

KEOGH B, SKÄRSÄTER I, DOYLE L, ELLILÄ H, JORMFELDT H, LAHTI M, HIGGINS A, MEADE O, SITVAST J, STICKLEY T and KILKKU N, 2017. Working with Families Affected by Mental Distress: Stakeholders' Perceptions of Mental Health Nurses Educational Needs Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 38(10), 822-828

T STICKLEY, J GOSLING and C FOX, 2017. Communication and interpersonal skills 2: emotional engagement.. In: Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing: An Essential Guide for Nursing and Healthcare Students. Wiley Chichester. 225-238

ØRJASÆTER K, STICKLEY T, HEDLAND M and NESS O, 2017. Transforming identity through participation in music and theatre.: Exploring narratives of people with mental health problems. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being. DOI:  10.1080/17482631.2017.1379339

STICKLEY T, 2017. Kultur på recept. In: Kultur & Sundhed - en antologi. Turbine Akademiske, Denmark. 227-241

FELTON A and STICKLEY T, 2017. Rethinking risk: a narrative approach. The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice. 13(1), 54-62


STICKLEY,  T., HIGGINS, A., MEADE, O., SITVAST, J., DOYLE, L., ELLILA, H.,  JORMFELDT, H., KEOGH, B., LAHTI, M., SKARSATER, I., VUOKILA-OIKKONEN, P.  and KILKKU, N., 2016. From  the rhetoric to the real: A critical review of how the concepts of  recovery and social inclusion may inform mental health nurse advanced  level curricula – the e-menthe project Nurse Education Today. 37, 155-163

STACEY G, FELTON A, MORGAN A, STICKLEY T, WILLIS M, DIAMOND B, HOUGHTON P, JOHNSON B and DUMANYA J, 2016. A critical narrative analysis of shared decision-making in acute inpatient mental health care. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 30(1),

STICKLEY T, HUI A, SOUTER G and MILLS D, 2016. A community arts programme for older people: an evaluation. Mental Health and Social Inclusion.. 20(1), 22-28

STICKLEY T and CASSEDY P, 2016. Person-centred Counselling. In: NICOLA EVANS and BEN HANNIGAN, eds., Therapeutic Skills for Mental Health Nurses. Open University Press. 35-48

JENSEN A, STICKLEY T and EDGLEY A, 2016. The perspectives of people who use mental health services engaging with arts and cultural activities. Mental Health and Social Inclusion. 20(3), 180-186

JENSEN A, STICKLEY T and TORRISSEN W, 2016. Arts on prescription in Scandinavia: a review of current practice and future possibilities. Perspectives in Public Health. 137(5), 268-274

In total, I have around 150 publications, spanning the last twenty years