Vicky Karkou is a dance movement psychotherapist, educator and researcher with long experience of working with vulnerable populations in hospitals, schools and voluntary organisations.  She has a chair of Dance, Arts and Wellbeing at Edge Hill University and has been recently awarded the title of Honorary Doctor of Medicine from Riga Stradins University, Latvia for her services in supporting the development of arts psychotherapies in this country. She travels a lot of teaching and research purposes and publishes widely. She is currently leading the Arts for Wellbeing Research Group that falls between the Department of Performing Arts and the Faculty of Health and Social Care. Next to her academic career, she holds a small private practice offering psychotherapy and supervision. 
Karkou V and Sanderson P (2006) Arts Therapies: A Research-Based Map of the Field.  Edinburgh: Elsevier Publishers
Karkou V (2010) Arts Therapies in Schools: Research and Practice. London: Jessica Kingsley.
Karkou V Oliver S and Lycouris S (in press; expected publication 2017) The Oxford Handbook for Dance and Wellbeing. New York: Oxford University Press.
Zubala A and Karkou V (in preparation; expected publication 2018) Arts Therapies in the Treatment of Depression: Research and Practice.  Submitted as part of the series “Research in the Arts Therapies” series, in collaboration with European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education (ECArTE). London: Routledge.