Erminia Colucci is Associate Professor in Visual and Cultural Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Middlesex University London (UK). Prior to this she was a lecturer and academic lead at the Centre for Psychiatry at Queen Mary University of London (UK), where she co-developed and coordinated the MSc in Creative Arts and Mental Health and lead the MSc in Transcultural Mental Healthcare and the Research Methods in Mental Health module. From 2007 till 2015, she was a Research fellow and Lecturer at the Cultural and Global Mental Health Unit, University of Melbourne where she is currently Honorary Senior Research Fellow. Her main area of research and training is in Cultural and Global Mental Health and Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology with a focus on low-middle income countries and immigrant and refugee populations. Her key interests are human rights and mental health, suicide and suicide prevention, domestic violence against women and children, child neglect/exploitation, spirituality and faith-based and spiritual/traditional healing, and first-hand stories of people with lived-experience of ‘mental illness’ and suicidal behaviour. Erminia is passionate about using arts-based and visual methods, particularly photography and ethnographic film-documentary, in her research, teaching and advocacy activities. She is currently Co-Investigator in several competitive grants for research in Low and Middle Income Countries and is the Principal Investigator on the ESRC GCRF funded project "Together for Mental Health: Using collaborative visual research methods to understand experiences of mental illness, coercion and restraint in Ghana and Indonesia” (see https://movie-ment.org/together4mentalhealth/
In 2015, she was awarded the International Association for Suicide Prevention Andrej Marusic Award which is dedicated to innovative research among young researchers. She was also awarded a Rotary International prize for her ethnographic documentary about human rights and mental health 'Breaking the chains' (https://movie-ment.org/breakingthechains).
In 2008 she completed a PhD in Cultural Psychiatry with a dissertation on ‘The cultural meanings of suicide: A comparison between Australian, Indian and Italian students’, at the University of Queensland (Australia), for which she was awarded the Suicide Prevention Australia Emerging Researcher LIFE Award, the Dr Helen Row–Zonta Memorial Prize and The University of Queensland Travel Award. Prior to this, she worked in Italy as a clinical psychologist, after completing studies in Clinical and Community Psychology at the University of Padua (Italy). Erminia also completed a MPhil in Ethnographic Documentary (Visual Anthropology) at the University of Manchester.
Erminia has presented at various national/international conferences and published in several academic journals and books. In addition to being the main investigator in interdisciplinary research projects in countries across the Asia-Pacific and in Europe, she has held lecturing and training positions in Japan, India, Italy and the Philippines. Erminia is also involved in public engagement and advocacy activities and volunteers at Maytree Suicide Respite Centre in London.
Erminia is the chair of the International Association for Suicide Prevention SIG in Culture and Suicidal Behaviour, Chair of the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry SIG on Arts, Media and Mental Health and founder of Movie-ment (https://movie-ment.org) and Aperture, the first Asia-Pacific ethnographic documentary festival.
Italian (mother-tongue), English (TOEFL), French (Intermediate certificate, University of Manchester), basic Spanish
James, Karen and Brooks, Helen and Susanti, Herni and Waddingham, Jessica and Irmansyah, Irman and Keliat, Budi-Anna and Utomo, Bagus and Rose, Diana and Colucci, Erminia and Lovell, Karina (2020) Implementing civic engagement within mental health services in South East Asia: a systematic review and realist synthesis of current evidence. International Journal of Mental Health Systems , 14 (1). pp. 1-13. ISSN 1752-4458
Irmansyah, Irman and Susanti, Herni and James, Karen and Lovell, Karina and Idaiani, Sri and Imah, Soimah and Hargiana, Giur and Keliat, Budi-Anna and Utomo, Bagus and Colucci, Erminia and Brooks, Helen (2020) Civic engagement and mental health system strengthening in Indonesia: a qualitative examination of the views of health professionals and national key stakeholders. BMC Psychiatry , 20 (1). pp. 1-15. ISSN 1471-244X
Colucci, Erminia and Lester, David (2020) A cross-cultural study of attitudes toward suicide among young people in India, Italy and Australia. International Journal of Social Psychiatry , 66 (7). pp. 700-706. ISSN 0020-7640 (Published online first)
Hansen, Susan and Colucci, Erminia (2020) Towards the development of ethics guidelines for visual psychology: a review of relevant visual research ethics guidelines. Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin , Autumn (30). ISSN 2044-0820
Susanti, Herni and James, Karen and Utomo, Bagus and Keliat, Budi‐Anna and Lovell, Karina and Irmansyah, I and Rose, Diana and Colucci, Erminia and Brooks, Helen (2020) Exploring the potential use of patient and public involvement to strengthen Indonesian mental health care for people with psychosis: a qualitative exploration of the views of service users and carers. Health Expectations , 23 (2). pp. 377-387. ISSN 1369-6513
Since 01/Mar 2002-current: Full member Italian Psychologists Register (Clinical and Community Psychologist) number 3849
Since 2008: Founder of MWA- Multicultual Women in Arts
Since 2011-current: Chair of IASP (International association for Suicide Prevention) SIG Culture & Suicidal Behaviour
Since 2012-current: Chair of WACP (World Association of Cultural Psychiatry) SIG Arts, Media & Mental Health
Since 2013: Founder of Movie-ment
Since 2017-current: Member of Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance
Since Aug 2017-Dec 2019: Fellow of The UK Higher Education Academy
Since Jan 2020 –current: Senior Fellow of The UK Higher Education Academy
Since April 2020: Suicide Prevention Specialist Consultant for Save the Children International