Research - Breathe


Clinical research and robust evaluation are at the heart of our work at Breathe. We work closely with programme participants, leading academics, research scientists and academic institutions year-round, to explore, identify and disseminate the impact of our programmes.

Through our research, we are interested in finding out not only what the impact of our work is, but also why and how our programmes are effective. We believe that we have a responsibility to demonstrate the impact of our programmes to the communities that we work with, which is why research is essential to what we do.

We have had our research published in peer reviewed medical journals and we regularly present our findings in articles, conferences and events globally.

Research is at the centre of Breathe’s work. All their programmes are evidence-based, and for some they commission and undertake their own research to ensure that what they deliver provides the maximum impact for patients. Robust research is crucial to moving the arts and health sector forwards.
Prof Daisy Fancourt, Associate Professor of Psychobiology & Epidemiology and Head of the Social Biobehavioural Research Group, UCL

Building The Evidence Base

Our programmes at Breathe don’t just rely on existing research. We are actively building the evidence base for the arts and health sector, not only through current and ongoing research partnerships such as the SHAPER study with King’s College London, but also by contributing to new academic texts and publications such as book chapters and blogs.

Research Associates 

Over the past decade, Breathe have nurtured and developed strong relationships with academic institutions including University College London, Royal College of Music and King’s College London and their world leading research teams with a thirst for knowledge and excellence in the field of arts and health. 

Our Research Associates partner with us on (1) current research, (2) translating existing research into practice and (3) exploring the scalability of our programmes nationally and internationally. Together we collaborate to promote the research behind our programmes to academics, policy makers and the public through media opportunities, book chapters, articles and presentations at conferences and events. 

Find out more about our network of Research Associates below. 

Prof Rosie Perkins

Professor of Music, Health, and Social Science. Royal College of Music London and Imperial College London

Based in the Centre for Performance Science, Rosie’s research investigates two broad areas within music and mental health:...

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Prof Carmine M. Pariante

Professor of Biological Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, and Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Carmine investigates the role of stress and inflammation in the pathogenesis of mental disorders and in the response...

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Dr Katey Warran

Research Fellow in the Social Biobehavioural Research Group at University College London and Deputy Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Arts & Health

Katey is Lead and Founder of the PATHS (Public Health, Arts, Theory, Sociology) Research Group, based in the...

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Prof Daisy Fancourt

Professor of Psychobiology & Epidemiology and Head of the Social Biobehavioural Research Group, UCL

Daisy Fancourt is Professor of Psychobiology & Epidemiology and Head of the Social Biobehavioural Research Group at UCL...

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Calum Smith

Consultant for the Behavioural and Cultural Insights Unit at the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe and DPhil Researcher at the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford

Calum was one of the founders of the Arts...

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