Emma Scott-Smith

PhD Research Student

Emma Scott Profile Image
BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Stirling; (2006).
MSc Health Psychology, Queen Margaret's University; (2007/8).
MBLPsS, British Psychological Society Postgraduate Health Psychology Division; (2006).

 Start Date: 1st October, 2007.

1) Dr Vivienne Swanson, University of Stirling.
2) Dr Andrew Livingstone, University of Exeter.

Room: 3B90
Email: emma.scott-smith@stir.ac.uk
Tel: 07811961538
Website: http://www.emmascott-smith.com/

Personal Information

My name is Emma Scott-Smith; I am a visual artist who now combines both psychology and art. I completed my psychology honours degree at Stirling University, A masters in health psychology from Queen Margaret’s in Edinburgh and back to Stirling for my PhD studies.

May psychology painting

Above: At Stirling University, Scotland, postgraduate student Emma Scott-Smith is researching how art can be used as a tool to stimulate critical discussion about individuals’ daily experiences of mental illness...

Research Project

The artivism intervention.

My research uses a form of praxis to seek new ways to challenge problematic structures within Western Society. The social constructs and attitudes in society function in such a way that the individual must conform to society rather than society changing to incorporate and enable the individual (Fox and Prilleltensky, 2001). The strict application of a medical framework to understanding disability can therefore be disempowering; for instance, a medical diagnosis is necessary in order to access disability benefits, housing support and medical treatment. There are also possible negative outcomes to medical diagnosis within a medical model approach.

In relation to mental health, Thomas Szasz (1961) and others began to question the effects of social constructs and attitudes surrounding the treatment of categorising individuals, and the negative social attitudes that could result. Artists such as Shepard Fairley (2010) and Eine (2011) challenge social perceptions via graffiti and street art. 



E. Scott-Smith, (2014). Skin Deep Magazine, Issue 11 (243), p18-22. Jazz Publishing

Scott-Smith, E. (2013). Fortunas (32), Dollar Academy registered charity  no. SC009888

Scott-Smith, E. (2013). The Journal of Image and Technology 25 (1), p. 33-36. 影像技术 china journal.

Scott-Smith, E. (2013). The Journal of Image and Technology 25 (2), p. 33-36. 影像技术 china journal.

Scott-Smith, E. (2011). The Big Picture: The Artivism Intervention. The Psychologist, 24 (5), The British Psychological Society.

2011: Emma Scott-Smith, Reveal Scotland: Showcasing Inclusive Arts, in association with Creative Scotland, UK. (Book on 10 Scottish Artists)

2001: 2001 Series, ed. by N. Day, Anchor Books, England. (Poetry Book)

1999: The Path of Life, ed. by A. Mead, Poetry Now, England. (Poetry Book)

1998: “Beautiful Death”; A Symbol of Unity, ed. by C. Walton, Triumph House, England. (Poetry Book)

1997: Art Review, Spring Issue, UK. (Arts Magazine)

1997: “The Last Hope” Exhibition Review, Scottish Arts Monthly (SAM), Vol (2), UK. (Arts Magazine)

   Conference photo


Left: An exhibition of Emma Scott-Smith's work at the Chen Tang Zhaung Art and Technology Gallery in Tianjin. The exhibition explored theme's of life's cycle. 


Right: A painting from Emma Scott-Smith presented at the exhibition.

   Legs image from Emma Scott Smith 


Research News





Professional Memberships

Reachout with Arts in Mind, Chairperson and Director, Charity Registration SC023779, Scotland.

Society of Scottish Artists (SSA), Artist membership, Charity Registration SC009586, Edinburgh.

The British Psychological Society (BPS), postgraduate member in division of Health Psychology.

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