Our Team

Our Team

Kim Dunphy (BA, Grad Dip Movement Dance, M.Ed, PhD, DTAA Prof. DMT) is a Mackenzie Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit at the University of Melbourne, Australia, where she is developing a framework of outcomes for dance movement therapy. Her research and practice interests focus on understanding the nature of therapeutic or social change through the arts.

Her publications on dance movement therapy include Freedom to Move: Movement and Dance for People with Intellectual Disabilities ( with Jenny Scott, Elsevier 2003); chapters in books including the Handbook of Dance and the Quality of Life (Springer, 2018), Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing (OUP, 2017), Counselling and Psychotherapy Works: Contributions from the Field (PACFA, 2015), Dance Therapy Collections 1-4 (DTAA, 1997-2017), and journals The Arts in Psychotherapy, American Journal of Dance Therapy, Moving On. Kim is the President of the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia; Chair of the Research Committee, Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia; Inaugural Convenor of the Steering Group of the International Network for Dance Movement Therapy; and an Honorary Life Member of Ausdance Victoria.

Kim has worked as a dance therapist and educator in a range of settings, including community groups, schools, hospitals and disability services. She has lectured in dance education at Deakin and Melbourne Universities and dance movement therapy at RMIT University and Phoenix Institute.


Sue Mullane (B. Ed, Grad Dip Movement Dance, M. Ed. (Dance.),  DTAA Prof. DMT)) is an experienced special educator and dance movement therapist. She has worked with a focus on disability and trauma with adults and children in a variety of settings in NSW and Victoria. Her five-year collaboration with Sarah McGregor, developing group movement based programs for women at the South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA), Melbourne, Australia, was documented in her M. Ed research project. Her professional interests include articulating the contribution embodied learning can make to the positive growth and development of children with disability. She has led workshops and made presentations on this topic for tertiary students, teachers and dance movement therapists through the Dance Movement Therapy Associations of Australia and America; Department of Education and Early Childhood; RMIT; and La Trobe University. Currently Sue works as a movement specialist in Melbourne with school students with complex needs, aged 5-18 years. She has lectured in dance movement therapy at Phoenix Institute, Melbourne, and is currently completing her PhD on embodied learning at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia.

Marita Jacobsson (B. Nursing (Hons), Grad. Dip. Experiential & Creative Arts Therapy, M. Arts Experiential & Creative Arts Therapy, Australian Creative Arts Therapies Association (Professional Member) is a former Registered Nurse and presently a creative arts therapist. She has both nursed and worked creatively with children, young people and adults and currently works therapeutically with adults with disabilities and the elderly. In these sessions she offers the creative arts, with a focus on dance as the main modality, exploring improvised, authentic and creative movement possibilities. Creative arts therapy group and individual sessions are offered to elderly people, accessing multi-modal art forms and for people also experiencing dementia. During her studies at the Melbourne Institute for Experiential and Creative Arts Therapies she fulfilled a student dance therapy placement with Sue Mullane at a large special developmental school in Melbourne. Within this program she completed qualitative arts based research for her MA at MIECAT (2011) culminating in a thesis. She co- initiated the ‘Train of heARTS’: A community arts space project at the CERES Community Environment Park (2011), collaborating with and coordinating artist facilitators to provide creative arts sessions for young children, school aged children and adults within an onsite train space. She has also worked creatively on arts projects in community settings with adults with and without disabilities, held creative arts sessions for carers, child carers and for individuals and groups seeking support in their lives. Her professional interests also include experiential and creative reflective arts practice for individuals and groups seeking professional growth, with sessions located in natural settings.