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About

Researcher, Artist, Activist, Lecturer, Consultant, and Founder & CEO of Traumascapes, a survivor-led organisation dedicated to changing the ecosystem of trauma and creating new horizons for survivors through art and science.

 

My research focuses on the embodied experience of childhood trauma and the development of novel creative interventions, such as Trauma-Focused Movement Language (TFML), a survivor-led and body-based approach to healing trauma. My art practice explores the reclaiming and rewriting of the sociocultural narrative of trauma on survivors’ own terms. My consultancy work spans trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive practice; survivor research and lived experience involvement in mental health science; and arts for health.

 

I am a Visiting Lecturer on the MASc Creative Health at UCL and the MSc Creative Arts and Mental Health at Queen Mary University of London; Seminar Lead in Women's Mental Health and Honorary Research Associate of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience at King's College London; Patient and Community Involvement Lead for the NIHR ARC National Priorities Programme: Mental Health Implementation Network; and Editorial Advisory Board Member of The Lancet Psychiatry.

 

I trained as a dancer with the Ballet de la Côte in Switzerland and studied arts at Central Saint Martins; mental health sciences at Queen Mary University of London; and traumatic stress at the Justice Resource Institute. I was also awarded Improvement Leader Fellow by NIHR CLAHRC NWL and Imperial College London. I have worked with many universities, NHS Trusts, NHS England, the NIHR, Public Health England, Wellcome, and others, and I have published articles and book chapters, presented widely, and exhibited internationally, including at the V&A, Whitechapel Gallery, Royal Albert Hall, and BFI, and some of my artwork is in the Central Saint Martins Museum Collection.

To find out more, see Laura Fischer: The Art and Science of Transforming Trauma in

The Lancet Psychiatry.

Affiliations

Laura Fischer
Trauma
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  • Founder & CEO, Traumascapes

  • Visiting Lecturer, MASc Creative Health, UCL

  • Visting Lecturer, MSc Creative Arts and Mental Health, Queen Mary University of London

  • Seminar Lead in Women's Mental Health, BSc Psychology, King's College London

  • Honorary Research Associate, King's College London

  • Honorary Research Associate, UCL

  • Editorial Advisory Board Member, The Lancet Psychiatry

  • Editorial Board Member, QI4U

  • Improvement Leader Fellow, NIHR CLAHRC NWL

  • Member, Violence Abuse and Mental Health Network

  • Member, UAL Creative Practices, Education, and Wellbeing Research Network

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Trauma art exhibition
Trauma book

Conferences

 

2022        Panellist, Peer Research Methods with Survivors of Modern Slavery, Survivor Alliance, webinar

2022        Speaker, Annual Scientific Meeting, NIHR School for Public Health Research, webinar

2022        Panellist, Centre for Society and Mental Health Festival, Science Gallery, London, UK
2021        Panellist, Lived Experience in Peer Review, The Lancet, webinar

2021        Speaker, Annual Scientific Meeting, NIHR School for Public Health Research, webinar

2021        Speaker, Annual Conference, Public Health England, webinar

2021        Speaker, Violence, Abuse and Mental Health Network Event, VAMHN, webinar

2021        Speaker, Youth mental health and COVID-19, Emerging Minds / The Centre for Society and Mental Health, webinar

2020        Speaker, Mad Hearts: The Arts and Mental Health, Queen Mary University of London, webinar

2020        Speaker, Understanding Violence, Abuse and Mental Health, VAMHN, webinar

2020        Panellist, Mental Health Question Time: Should culture be prescribed on the NHS?, London, UK

2019        Plenary Speaker, Royal College of Psychiatrist Annual Conference for NW England, Nottingham, UK

2019        Speaker & Panellist, Vulnerability and Resistance Symposium, Central Saint Martins, London, UK

2019        Keynote Speaker, Brunel Occupational Therapy Conference, Brunel University, London, UK

2019        Plenary Speaker, Wellbeing Event, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, UK

2018        Plenary Speaker, Journée Romande des Soins Infirmiers, healthcare conference, Lausanne, Switzerland
2018        Keynote Speaker, The Bigger Picture: Activism, Social Practice & Art, Central Saint Martins, London, UK

2018        Keynote Speaker, Sheffield Healthcare Improvement Event, Sheffield NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK
2018        Panellist, Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, Glasgow, UK
2018        Speaker & Panellist, MCA Expo, Sheffield, UK
2018        Plenary Speaker, Collaborative Learning Event, NIHR CLAHRC NWL, London, UK
2017        TEDx Talk Speaker, The Happy Generation, TEDxULB, Brussels, Belgium
2017        Speaker, Future Citizen Innovation Series, Amazon WS, London, UK
2016        Speaker, Kent Mental Health Festival, Folkestone, UK

Exhibitions, Screenings, Performances

 

2019        Exhibition (led + curated),Traumatised Selves: A Collective Voice, Willesden Gallery, London, UK

2019        Film Screening, Trauma and Resistance, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

2018        Film Screening, Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, Glasgow, UK

2018        Film Screening, Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, Lisbon, Portugal

2018        Film Screening, national television, Switzerland

2017        Exhibition (solo), The Traumatised Self, Willesden Gallery, London, UK

2017        Exhibition (duo), The Character of Physical Law, Willesden Gallery, London, UK

2017        Exhibition (solo), The Traumatised Self, MRC SGDP Centre, KCL, London, UK

2017        Exhibition (group), Central Saint Martins Museum, London, UK
2017        Film Screening, Central Saint Martins, London, UK
2016        Performance (site-specific promenade / collab.), RAH outreach program, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
2016        Film Screening & Live Score, Silence is Screaming, with Sinfonietta Orchestra, Southwark  Playhouse, UK

2016        Exhibition (trio), Focal Perception, ArtMoorHouse, London, UK

2015        Film Screening & Live Score, Winking Through The Gardens, with London Sinfonietta Orchestra, BFI, UK

2015        Exhibition (group), Femme, 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2014        Performance (durational / collab.), O&O, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

2013        Performance (site-specifc promenade / collab.), Toynbee, Toynbee Studios, London, UK

2013        Exhibition (group), Waters, 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2013        Exhibition (group), Central Saint Martins, London, UK

2011        Performance (ballet), Rodin, Théatre de Beausobre, Morges, Switzerland

2010        Exhibition (solo), Body Language, Metropolis, Morges, Switzerland

2010        Performance (ballet), Maupassant, Temple, Morges, Switzerland

2010        Performance (ballet), Ballet de la Côte, Théatre de St Prex, St Prex, Switzerland

2009        Performance (ballet), Festival de la Danse, St Prex, Switzerland

2008        Exhibition (solo), Body Language, Le Tempo, Yverdon, Switzerland

2005        Exhibition (solo), Body Language, Art Gallery Casamundo, Morges, Switzerland

 

Publications

Fischer & Kneebone (forthcoming). ‘Embodying mental health: making arts intrinsic to training and practice.’

Dykxhoorn, Fischer, et al. (2022). ‘Conceptualising Public Mental Health: Development of a conceptual framework for public mental health,’ BMC Public Health.

Chevous, Fischer, Perôt, Sweeney (2020). ‘Safe, Seen, Supported: How to reach and help children and young people experiencing abuse in their household’, VAMHN.

Duncan et al. On behalf of the NIHR SPHR Public Mental Health Programme. (2020). ‘Delivery of community centred public mental health interventions in diverse areas in England: a mapping study protocol’, BMJ Open.

Fischer, L. (2019). ‘Trauma-Focused Movement Language’, The Lancet Psychiatry, 6(12), pp.991-993.

Fischer, L. (2019). ‘Violence and Trauma: A societal reality we are all responsible for’, in Perriman, B. Doorways. London: House Sparrow Press, pp.96-103.

Matthews, Green, Myron, French, Barber, Dionne, Sandra, Fischer (2019). ‘Connections: the power of learning together to improve healthcare in the UK,’ Organizational Behaviour in Healthcare. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.129-167.

 

Fischer, L. (2018). ‘Amygdala,’ in Poésie en Mouvement, Arythmie, pp. 54-57.

Awards

2018        Winner, Mental Health Arts and Film Festival of Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal
2017        NOVA Award Nominee, Central Saint Martins, London, UK
2011        BCV Award for Academic Excellence, Morges, Switzerland

2008        Award for Visual Arts, Morges, Switzerland

2008        Award for Photography, Morges, Switzerland

2008        Award for Political Science, Morges, Switzerland

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