Erminia Colucci is Senior lecturer at 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.
In 2015, she was awarded the International Association for Suicide Prevention Andrej Marusic Award which is dedicated to innovative research among young researchers. She recently 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
Green, Bethany and Colucci, Erminia (2020) Traditional healers' and biomedical practitioners' perceptions of collaborative mental healthcare in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review. Transcultural Psychiatry , 57 (1). pp. 94-107. ISSN 1363-4615
Brooks, Helen and Irmansyah, Irmansyah and Susanti, Herni and Utomo, Bagus and Prawira, Benny and Iskandar, Livia and Colucci, Erminia and Keliat, Budi-Anna and James, Karen and Bee, Penny and Bell, Vicky and Lovell, Karina (2019) Evaluating the acceptability of a co-produced and co-delivered mental health public engagement festival: Mental Health Matters, Jakarta, Indonesia. Research Involvement and Engagement , 5 (1). ISSN 2056-7529
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 (2019) 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 . pp. 1-11. ISSN 1369-6513
Colucci, Erminia and McDonough, Susan (2019) Recovering from mental illness and suicidal behaviour in a culturally diverse context: the use of digital storytelling in cross-cultural medical humanities and mental health. In: Film and the Chinese Medical Humanities. Lo, Vivienne and Berry, Chris and Liping, Guo , eds. Routledge Advances in Asia-Pacific Studies . Routledge, United Kingdom. ISBN 9781138580299
Bulik, Karin Juliane Duvoisin and Colucci, Erminia (2019) Refugees, resettlement experiences and mental health: a systematic review of case studies. Jornal Brasileiro de Psiquiatria , 68 (2). pp. 121-132. ISSN 0047-2085