Indicators of Esteem & News Mentions

Invited Appointment

Advisory Board Member- Journal

  1. Invited Advisory Board Member, (Nov 2021- Present), Design for Health Journal, Taylor and Francis

Reviewer- Journal

  1. Invited Reviewer, Design for Health Journal, Taylor and Francis
  2. Invited Reviewer, Aging and Mental Health, Taylor and Francis
  3. Invited Reviewer, The Gerontologist, Oxford University Press, The Gerontological Society of America
  4. Invited Reviewer, Policy and Evidence, Policy Press, University of Bristol

Guest Editor- Journal

  1. Invited Guest Editor (2020- Present), Special Topic A Critical Appraisal of Research in Arts, Health and Wellbeing, Frontiers (Health Psychology)

Reviewer- Grant

  1. Invited Grant Reviewer (2022), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) – Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  2. Invited Grant Reviewer (2019), The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development
  3. Invited Grant assessor, The Singapore International Foundation, Singapore Internationale Programme (1 Oct 2015 – 31 Mar 2017)

External Reviewer

  1. External Reviewer (2021- 2025), Bachelor (Hons) Design Communication Lancaster University (Campus: Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Member of Board and Committee

  1. Singapore Representative, Arts Health Early Career Research Network, UK (2017 – Present).
  2. Member of Programme Committee, Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) 2018
  3. Member, Ng Teng Fong Hospital Art Advisory Group, JurongHealth (1 Jun 2014 – 30 Jun 2017)
  4. Board member. The Society for Arts in Healthcare, USA (15 Mar 2012 – 22 Jan 2013)

Fellowship & Research Capability Development

  • NIHR GROW Mental Health Research Programme 2022, UK (Summer 2022) Link
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Center for Art, Design and Social Research (CADSR),Cosmological Gardens, Encuentro VI: Cultivating Caring Cultures, Villa Pinciani, Spoleto, Italy Summer Jun/ JUL 2022



  • SHU levelling up Challenege, Reimagining the Garden City- Pride in place through cultivating community climate action, Co-Investigator


  • British Academy-Horizon Europe Pump Priming Collaboration between UK and EU Partners
    Grant , Principal Investigator (CO-Is: Prof Sarah Atkinson, Durham University, Dr Elizabeth Freeman, Sheffield Hallam University, EPIONI Greek Carer Network). Award period: Dec 2021 Link


  • Academic Medicine Education Institute (AM•EI), Singapore, Art and Dermatology: Enhancing Observation Skills Using Visual Thinking Strategies, Co-Investigator (PI: Adj Assoc Prof Tan Haur Yueh, Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore
  • ARISE Strategic Initiative Proposal 2018, Mindful-Compassion Art Therapy for Dementia Care (MCAT-DC) – Empowering Resilience and Holistic Wellbeing for Sustainable Family Caregiving: A Waitlist Randomized Controlled Trial, Co-Investigator (PI: Asst. Prof Andy Ho Hau Yan, Psychology NTU, Co-PIs: Dr Allyn HUM, Senior Consultant, Dept. of Palliative Medicine, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, & Adjunct Associate Professor, Lee Kong Chian school of Medicine, NTU; Dr Philip YAP, Senior Consultant Geriatrician, Director of Geriatric Centre, Khoo Tech Puat Hospital & Adjunct Associate Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS; Dr Noorhazlina Bte ALI, Consultant, Centre for Geriatric Medicine Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Ms. Geraldine TAN-HO, Senior Counselor & Research Associate, Psychology-Nanyang Technological University)


  • MOE AcRF Tier 1, The State of Arts and Health in Singapore: A Review od Arts and Health Practice, Policy and development (2018-T1-001-060), Principal Investigator (Co- PIs: Assoc Prof. Yoong Su-Yin, Joanne, and Dr Brent Joseph Gibbons from the National University of Singapore Saw Swee Hock School of Public health)
  • National Arts Council Singapore, Project ARTISAN: fostering Aspiration & Resilience Through Intergenerational Storytelling & Art-based Narratives, Co-Investigator (PI: Asst. Prof Andy Ho Hau Yan, Psychology-NTU)


  • National Arts Council, Singapore, Research and Development Grant, Art Engagement, Aging and Wellbeing in Nursing Home, Principal Investigator
  • National Arts Council Singapore, Let’s have tea at the Museum – An Art and Dementia project in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA), Singapore, Principal Investigator


  • Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), Arts in Healthcare Programme at Sree Narayana Mission Home, a pilot project to study the impact of Art program on quality of life of nursing home residents, Singapore, Principal Investigator


  • MOE AcRF Tier 1, Art and Design In Healthcare: A Pilot study on the significance and role of art and design to improve the quality of life of patients with Parkinson’s Disease, Principal Investigator


  • MOE AcRF Tier 1, Shoes and social fabrics: Exploring the journeys and life-worlds of a pair of flip-flops, Principle Investigator (Collaborator: Prof Caroline Knowles, Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London)


  • Small Research Grant, The British Academy, UK, Shoes and social fabrics: Exploring the journeys and life-worlds of a pair of flip-flops, Collaborator (PI: Prof Caroline Knowles, Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London)

Invited Speaking Engagement

  1. Invited Moderator, Arts and Ageing Circle 2021, National Arts Council, Singapore (16th September 2021)
  2. Invited Speaker, Presentation Title: Handle with Care, Centre for Ageing Research Online Seminar Series, Lancaster University, UK, (26th March 2021)
  3. Invited Speaker, Presentation Title: Art & Design for Health and Wellbeing: Innovating for an inclusive, flourishing and healthy society1st Ageing Research Institute for Society and Education (ARISE) Industry and Community Engagement Event Conceptualising and Humanizing Healthcare for the Older Adults: Round-Table Discussion with Experts, 10 November 2017, Lecture Theatre @ LKCMedicine, Novena Campus, Singapore.
  4. Invited Speaker, Presentation Title: More Than Passing Time – Art, Ageing and Flourishing, Seniors Empowered! 2017, National Council of Social Services, 3 November 2017, Furama Riverfront Hotel, Singapore.
  5. Invited Speaker, Presentation Title: Making a Case to Care with the Arts, Spotlight on Cultural Policy Series: Roundtable on the Development of Community Arts in Singapore, Organisers: Institute of Policy Studies – National University of Singapore and Singapore Art Museum, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, (15th March 2017). Click here for the published report. This closed door by invitation roundtable gathered policymakers, Cultural Medallion recipients, artists and members of the community to examine the progress made and the impact of Community arts since the publication of the third Renaissance City Plan in 2008 and the 2012 Arts and Culture Strategic Review. In doing so, It also explores issues and maps ideas for the further development of arts policy and the arts policy environment for community arts. It is first that focus on policy since the Arts and Culture Strategic Review 2008.
  6. Invited Moderator and Speaker, Arts in Eldercare Seminar 2016, National Arts Council (1 September 2016). Project Link
  7. Invited moderator, Roundtable@SAM lecture series, Arts, Health and Wellbeing: Connections and Conversations, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, 8 December 2014
  8. Invited Speaker, Singapore Management University, in Social Sculptures – Art & Community module, 1 July 2014
  9. Invited Speaker, “Up and Up: A Forum on Community Care” organised by Agency for Integrated Care, Singapore, Grand Copthorne Hotel (11-12 January 2013)
  10. Invited Speaker, Vitamin ART Developing the field of Arts and Health in Singapore, Community Cultural Development Symposium: Practices and Possibilities, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore, 17-18 September 2012
  11. Invited Panellist,23rd Annual international conference Society for the Arts in Healthcare, Detroit, USA, 2-5 May 2012

News Mentions

  1. Sparks Exhibition Opening, Channel 8 News, 9 March 2018, 7 pm (Below) Link to News
  2. The first of its kind art exhibition showcase works by nursing home seniors, The Straits Times Online, 9 March 2018 
  3. Artists help the elderly create art, The Straits Time, 10 March 2018, P. B8 
  4. 疗养院设“艺术工作室”为年长病患添生活乐趣,The Lian He Zao Bao, 10 March 2018
  5. Art for the SoulThe Straits Time, 15 March 2018, P. D8  
  6. Art and Design for Health and Wellbeing URECA Project Featured in the Straits Times, Body and Mind, Creating Fun and games to stir memories, 10 October 2017, B13
  7. Art & Design for Health and Wellbeing URECA Project Supervision featured in Berita Harian, Gah!,Permainan galak pesakit demensia berinteraksi, 13 September 2017
  8. Art & Design for Health and Wellbeing URECA Project Supervision featured in LianHeZaoBao (联合早报), 刺激感官练脑力 南大生为失智病人设计“吃饱没”游戏
    8 September 2017
  9. Art boosts Parkinson’s patients’ morale
    The Straits Times (7 April 2015), Singapore, Pg B6
    7 April, 2015, Lianhe Zaobao Pg 8 
  10. News at 10 – Channel 8, 10 pm 6 April, 2015
疗养院设“艺术工作室”为年长病患添生活乐趣,The Lian He Zao Bao, 10 March 2018
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Art for the Soul, The Straits Time, 15 March 2018, P. D8