Arts & The Brain: Managing Chronic Illness

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7:30pm

The Mansion


Motivation for Managing Chronic Illness

Heather L. Stuckey, D.Ed,
Pennsylvania State University

A professor and director of research for the Foundation for Art & Healing, Stuckey shares strategies for incorporating the arts into the patient experience and studies detailing the intersection of motivation and chronic disease. You’ll learn how to relate to and support those with chronic illness while injecting a healthy dose of creativity and personal expression into care.

Dr. Stuckey will present an arts-based project using pictures and metaphors as ways of making meaning of diabetes, followed by a review from the past ten years of how art and healing connect.  There will be a brief interactive portion, then a summary of how creative expression and the arts can be used in interventions for chronic illness in general. 

This talk is suitable for the following audiences: health care providers who are looking for alternatives to the typical "do as I say" behavioral approach; artists who are looking to provide services in health care including but not limited to art and music therapists; and communities who are looking for ways to develop artistic programs or interventions that have outcomes that have meaning to funders; patients with chronic illness; and family caregivers.

View the full Arts & The Brain lecture series.

Arts & The Brain: Motivation for Managing Chronic Illness

About the Presenter
Heather L. Stuckey, D.Ed is a researcher and assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University, focusing on improving the education, self-management, support, and psychological distress of patients with chronic illness. By using arts-based inquiry, interviews, and other qualitative research methods, she strives to determine how adults make meaning of their illness and how the medical community can respond to support patients and their families. Stuckey’s research has included identifying barriers, facilitators, and best practices for patient self-management, and she has published articles on subjects such as social networking support and the use of creative expression for diabetes patients. She is also director of research for the Foundation for Art and Healing, with a strong focus on determining strategies for incorporating the arts into the patient experience. 

About the Series: Arts & The Brain
The therapeutic power of art—to comfort, to heal, to elevate quality of life—has inspired human creativity for centuries. Strathmore’s Arts and the Brain lecture series engages teachers, scholars, and artists working at the intersection of arts and health to present innovative, practical strategies for harnessing the arts to alleviate suffering and strengthen vitality.

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