Dr Liliana Araújo
Programme Leader, MSc / MFA Dance Science
Senior Lecturer Performance Psychology
Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 9340
Area of Work
Performance Science (Music and Dance)
Health and Wellbeing
Dance/Music Performance Psychology
Dr Liliana S. Araújo leads the MSc and MFA programmes in Dance Science and teaches performance psychology across the faculties of Music and Dance at Trinity Laban. With a multifaceted and interdisciplinary background across Psychology, Education and Performance contexts and expertise in Performance Science and Health and Wellbeing, Liliana aims to support individuals and organisations in developing healthier and more sustainable careers in domains that demand high standards in a globally competitive and changing world.
Liliana has lectured widely on performance psychology and related areas at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, across Europe and in South America. Her research interests are cross and interdisciplinary, with a focus on performance health and wellbeing, career development and excellence in performance. With a background in educational psychology, she is particularly interested in investigating the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on learning and teaching experiences in the performing arts. She works nationally and internationally as consultant for culture change and performers’ wellbeing in performing arts organisations, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Southbank Sinfonia, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. She worked at the Royal College of Music as research associate in performance science, working on Musical Impact, a major four-year project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to investigate and promote musicians’ health and wellbeing. She is a guest lecturer in psychology at the UCL MSc in Performing Arts Medicine.
Liliana holds a PhD in Psychology from University of Minho (PT), as well as a PGDip in Educational Psychology and a Licenciatura in Psychology from University of Évora, Portugal. She also trained extensively in dance education and holds a PGCert in Dance Education from Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisbon. Liliana is a Chartered Psychologist by the British Psychological Society, a certified Stress Management Coach and Mental Health First Aider. Liliana is a founding member of the Healthy Conservatoires Network, and a member of IADMS and One Dance UK.
Qualifications and Background
PhD Psychology, University of Minho, Portugal
PGDip Psychology, University of Évora, Portugal
PGCert Dance, Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Licenciate degree in Psychology, University of Évora, Portugal
Module leader in Performance Enhancement: Physiology, Biomechanics and Psychology, MSc/MFA Dance Science, Trinity Laban, UK
Module leader in Whole Dancer Study, MSc/MFA Dance Science, Trinity Laban, UK
Module leader in M502 Project, MSc/MFA Dance Science, Trinity Laban, UK
Module leader in Psychology in Music Performance, PG degrees in Music, Trinity Laban, UK
Module leader in Performance Psychology, MSc Performance Science, Royal College of Music, UK
Module leader in Performance Health and Wellbeing, MSc Performance Science, Royal College of Music, UK
Lecturer: Modules “Psychology of Music”, “Professional Portfolio“, “The Complete Musician”, BMus, Royal College of Music, UK
Guest lecturer: Module: “Medical problems of performing artists”, MSc Performing Arts Medicine, University College London, UK
Guest lecturer: BMus Trinity Laban, London. Module: “Healthy Musician”, Trinity Laban, UK
Guest lecturer: ‘Saúde do Músico: Treino Mental para a Performance Musical’, Universidade Federal Bahia, Brazil
Guest lecturer M505 Project, MSc Dance Science (2013), Trinity Laban, UK
Guest lecturer: Lunch talks in Performance Psychology at Trinity Laban, UK
Guest lecturer: Research seminar ‘Excellence in performance domains”, Trinity Laban, UK
Guest lecturer: “Qualitative methodologies”, Bachelor in Psychology, University of Madeira, Portugal
Module leader in Fundamentals of Psychology, Bachelor in Psychology, University of Madeira, Portugal
Module leader in Models of Psychological Intervention, Bachelor in Psychology, University of Madeira, Portugal
Module leader in Psychopathology, Bachelor in Psychology, University of Madeira, Portugal
Module leader in Personal and Career Development, Master in Psychology of Education, University of Madeira, Portugal
Module leader in Child and Adolescent psychology, Master in Psychology, University of Madeira, Portugal
Assistant lecturer in Psychology of superior performance and excellence, BSc in Psychology, University of Minho, Portugal
Assistant lecturer in Vocational Guidance and Career Development, BSc in Psychology, University of Évora, Portugal
Since 2011: Examiner, Supervisor and advisor of MSc and PhD research projects in Performance Science, Dance Science and Psychology (Portugal, Brazil, UK)
Araújo LS et al. (2020). Fit to perform: A profile of Higher Education music students’ physical fitness. Frontiers in Psychology, 11: 298. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01558
Araújo, L. & Spahn (in press). Promoting health related lifestyle. In Gary E. McPherson (ed), The Oxford Handbook of Music Performance, Volumes 1 & 2. Oxford University Press.
Redding, E. & Araújo, L. (under review). Survey Research: Questionnaire and Interviews. In Tom Welsh, Jatin Ambegaonkar, and Lynda Mainwaring (eds), Research Methods in Dance Sciences, University Press of Florida.
Heyman, L., Perkins, R., & Araújo, L. S. (2019). Examining the health and well-being experiences of singers in popular music. Journal of Popular Music Education, 3(2), 173-201.
Araújo L.S., Wasley D., Perkins R., Atkins L., Redding E., Ginsborg J., & Williamon A. (2017), Fit to perform: An Investigation of Music Students’ Health Promoting Attitudes and Behaviours. Frontiers in Psychology. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01558
Perkins R., Reid H., Araújo L.S., Clark T., & Williamon A. (2017), Perceived enablers and barriers to optimal health among music students: a qualitative study in the music conservatoire setting, Frontiers in Psychology, 8 (968), 1-15. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00968
Cruder C., Barbero M., Falla D, Mangili F., Azzimonti L., Araújo L.S., & Williamon, A. (2017). Profiling the location and extent of musicians’ pain using digital pain drawings. Pain Practice. doi:10.1111/papr.12581
Araújo L.S., Almeida L.S., & Cruz J.F. (2016), Achieving scientific excellence: An exploratory study of the importance of emotional and motivational factors. High Ability Studies, 1-16. DOI: 10.1080/13598139.2016.1264293.
Araújo, L.S., Cruz, J.F., & Almeida, L. (2013). Managing social interactions: Psychological skills of excellent dancers. In Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2013. Utrecht, The Netherlands: European Association of Conservatoires (AEC).
Antunes, A., Silva, C., & Araújo, L.S. (2013). A Dança como Fator de Desenvolvimento Pessoal e de Inclusão: Perceções de um Grupo de Dança Inclusiva. [Dance as a Factor for Personal Development and Inclusion: Perceptions of an Inclusive Dance Group]. Revista Portuguesa de Educação Artística, v.3, 33-46.
Araújo, L., Prieto, M., & Bezelga, I. (2012). Danza tradicional na escola: Relato de duas experiencias de inclusión da danza tradicional no programa curricular do ensino básico. Musicrearte digital,1, 43-53.
Araújo, L. S., Cruz, J.F., & Almeida, L. (2011). Inspirational teachers: Their role in the development of excellence in professional dancers. In A. Williamon, D. Dwards, & L. Bartel (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2011 (pp. 49-54). Utrecht, The Netherlands: European Association of Conservatoires (AEC).
Araújo, L. S., Cruz, J. F., & Almeida, L. S. (2010). A entrevista no estudo da excelência: Uma proposta. [The interview in the study of excellence: A proposal] Psychologica, 52, 253-279.
Araújo, L. S., Cruz, J.F, & Almeida, L. (2010) Percepções de excelência: resultados de um estudo de caso com cientistas e bailarinos. (Meeting Abstract) Proceedings of the II International conference “Excellence: Education and Human Development” (p.107), Braga: HSCI.
Araújo, L. S., Almeida, L., & Cruz, J.F. (2009). Pathways of excellence in science and dance: Lessons learned from a Portuguese case study. In A. Williamon, S. Pretty, & R. Buck (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2009 (pp. 139-144). Utrecht, The Netherlands: European Association of Conservatoires (AEC).
Araújo, L. S., Matos, D., Almeida, L., & Cruz, J.F.A. (2008). The study of excellence in science, sport and art in Portugal: Preliminary results and findings from a research program. (Meeting abstract) International Journal of Psychology, 4 (3-4), 779.
Araújo, L. S., Almeida, L., & Cruz, J.F. (2007). Excellence on achievement contexts: psychological science applications and future direction. In A. Williamon & D. Coimbra (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science (pp. 17-22). Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC).
Araújo, L., Almeida, L. & Cruz, J. (2007). Contributos da Psicologia para o estudo da excelência: Perspectivas emergentes e direcções futuras. [Contributions of Psychology to the study of excellence: Emergents perspectives and future directions] In J.F.Cruz, J. M. Silvério, A. R. Gomes & C. Duarte (Orgs.), Actas da Conferencia Internacional Psicologia do Desporto e Exercício (pp. 4-21). Universidade do Minho, Centro de Investigação em Psicologia.
Araújo, L., Cruz, J., & Almeida, L. (2007). Excelência humana: Teorias explicativas e o papel determinante do professor. [Human excellence: Explanatory theories and the determinant role of teachers]. Revista Psicologia, Educação e Cultura, XI, 2, 97-221.
Candeias, A., Duarte, M., Araújo, L., Albano, A., Silvestre, A., Santos, A. F., Argueles, F., & Claudino, P. (2003) Avaliação da Sobredotação: Percepções Parentais. [Giftedness assessment: Parental perceptions] Sobredotação, 4, (1), 75-93.
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