About MARA: Movement Assessment and Reporting App

About MARA: Movement Assessment and Reporting App

ABOUT MARA: Movement Assessment and Reporting App

MARA is the world’s first iPad app for dance movement therapy assessment. MARA provides a theoretically supported, methodologically sound assessment tool that is practical and easy for DM therapists to use. This portable assessment tool enables gathering and systematising of data and export into user-friendly reports.

mara VERSION 2- available NOW

The next version of our app, now called MARA, is ready for use. Version 2 includes an expanded range of outcomes; new security, graphing and export features; cleaner design and more, developed after trials and user-feedback.

More improvements are in the pipeline including even better graphing options and an improved range of outcomes. Purchasers of MARA V.2 will be advised of these as soon as they are ready.

How mara works

MARA is simple to use. The app technology allows therapists to assess as they go with no paper, pens or sitting down required. Therapists just tap the screen to record their score on assessment scales provided, as many times in a session as their assessment protocol demands. The app turns the tap into data, which is collated into table and graphic form automatically. No more laborious transcription of data from notes to computers to assessment reports!

MARA’s features

MARA includes a range of features to support dance movement therapists assess clients’ progress securely, accurately, and comprehensively. These include security options, client information storage, attendance recording functions, data gathering and exporting options, and more.


MARA’s assessment process is based on the Outcomes Framework for Dance Movement Therapy  (Dunphy & Mullane, 2018), developed especially for dance movement therapy. Therapists select therapeutic domains and goals to assess each session or program from a comprehensive range encompassing physical, emotional, cognitive, cultural and interpersonal. This Framework is continually being improved through research of the literature and consultation with practitioners. Read more.

who could use mara?

Dance movement therapists working with clients across the lifespan, in diverse settings including community based, agency and institutional locations, and in schools, aged care, mental health and disability services, counselling and psychotherapy, recreation and health and wellbeing programs, can use MARA. Assessment elements prioritise use of plain language as far as possible, to enable assessment results to be understood by program managers, funders, and clients themselves.


MARA was developed by Australian dance movement therapists Kim Dunphy and Sue Mullane to address identified needs of their profession of dance movement therapy for practical assessment options. More about why here.

how was mara developed?

MARA has been in development since 2010, with theoretical research, technical development, professional feedback and user trials providing the development team with ongoing input to make the tool most useful. Read more here


We’re pleased that our work developing MARA has been acknowledged in two awards, for Innovation in Dance Movement Therapy, American Dance Therapy Association (2015), and Outstanding Presentation, Excellence in Professional Practice Conference, Australian Council of Educational Research (2014).


Support for MARA’s development and trialling has been provided by the Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation (of the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia), PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia) and an anonymous charitable foundation. Current developments of MARA are being supported by a Mackenzie Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Melbourne for project leader Kim Dunphy. Developers: Advaita Digital (Frank Ryder and Dennis Claringbold).

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