Dr Jody Thomson

Jody ThomsonPosition

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Research Interests

  • Integrated, compassionate & culturally appropriate end of life care
  • Transdisciplinary and visual research methods
  • New materialist & posthuman methodologies

Qualifications and Recognition

  • PhD
  • BSS (Hons)
  • MAATh

Research & Publications

Journal Articles

Thomson, J. (2021). The toll of death in end of life art therapy: A collective biography. In V. Huet & L. Kapitan (Eds.) The Emerging Picture: International Advances in Art Therapy Research & Practice (forthcoming). London: Routledge.

Thomson, J. (2020). The toll of death and the liveliness of matter: Diffracting stories through the apparatus of art making. Doctoral dissertation, Western Sydney University, Australia. https://researchdirect.westernsydney.edu.au/islandora/object/uws:57087/

Thomson, J. (2020). Stories painting pictures <<>> pictures painting stories: Art-making in collective biography about being an art therapist in end of life care. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, 9(3), 28-47.

Thomson, J. & Linnell, S. (2020). Enchanted encounters with the liveliness of matter and art forcing thought. Emotion, Space and Society, 35:100656.

Thomson, J. (2019). The work of art therapy: An immersive visual analysis. In J. Westwood, A. Gilroy, S. Linnell & T. McKenna (Eds.). Art Therapy: Taking a Postcolonial, Aesthetic Turn (pp. 230-251). The Netherlands: Sense.

Thomson, J. (2019). Wading in knee deep—the art therapist in different end-of-life settings. In M. Wood, R. Jacobson & H. Cridford (Eds.). The Routledge Handbook of Art Therapy in Hospice and Bereavement Care (pp. 185-198). London: Routledge.

Thomson, J. (2019). Working with death through art and story: A collective biography. ANZJAT, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Arts Therapy, 14(1), 77-90.

Thomson, J. & Davies, B. (2019). Becoming with art differently: Entangling matter, thought and love. Cultural Studies <-> Critical Methodologies, 19(6), 399-408.

Thomson, J., Linnell, S., Laws, C. & Davies, B. (2018). Entanglements between art-making and story-telling in a collective biography on the death of an intimate other. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, 7(3), 4-26.

Thomson, J. (2018). Materializing dying: Art and mattering. Qualitative Inquiry, 26(7), 716-723.

Thomson, J. & King, J. (2017). Peeking inside a conversation between two art therapists talking about clinical work in end-of-life care on a wintery afternoon. ANZJAT, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Arts Therapy, 12(1), 50-55.

Thomson, J. (2016). Beneath the surface: The lived experience of the art therapist. ANZJAT, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Arts Therapy, 11(1), 25-37.

Conference Presentations

Thomson, J. (2021). Becoming Paint: (Art)Making an Embodied Response to Storytelling. Paper presented at the 17th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, USA, 19-22 May 2021. Symposium “Entanglement in the World’s Becoming”. Chair, Prof Susanne Gannon, Western Sydney University.

Thomson, J. (2019). Stories from the riverbank: The art therapist in end of life care. Paper presented at the International Art Therapy Practice/Research Conference, London, 11-13 July, 2019.

Thomson, J. (2019). Entanglements with the matter of art: A thought experiment. Paper (co)presented with Bronwyn Davies at the 15th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, USA, 15-18 May 2019. (Presentation in symposium, “Thought experiments in thinking-with-matter” Chair, Bronwyn Davies, University of Melbourne)

Thomson, J. (2018). Materializing dying: Art and mattering. Paper presented at the 14th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, USA, 16-19 May 2018. (Presentation in symposium, “Material Methods” Chair, Bronwyn Davies, University of Melbourne)

Thomson, J. (2015). Painting a picture of visual art therapy in cancer care. Paper presented at the 2015 Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA) Conference, Adelaide.

Contact Details

Email Jody.Thomson@westernsydneyedu.au
Telephone +612 9852 5036
Location Kingswood V.1.29