Lisa Peacock

PhD Researcher

Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Cambridge School of Creative Industries

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Dramatherapy

Indicative thesis title: Outside In and Inside Out: Group Dramatherapy as a Tool for Transition: A Mixed Methods Study with UK and US Veterans.


Supervisory team: Prof Jörg Fachner (1st), Dr Ditty Dokter (2nd), Dr Nick Caddick (3rd)

This research examines a brief group dramatherapy intervention to assess its impact on wellbeing, sense of belonging and transition for UK and US veterans. It uses a narrative inquiry approach to qualitatively examine the stories shared in the group dramatherapy context. Quantitative measures are used to assess change pre- and post-group dramatherapy.

This group dramatherapy approach facilitated sharing stories beyond military trauma in the group, interview and focus group contexts. The aim was to support posttraumatic stress while promoting posttraumatic growth. This collaborative approach to research also included reflections of veteran participants.

Lisa works as a dramatherapist with the NHS in Plymouth, England. She is an HCPC Registered Arts Therapist (UK) and a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) with the North American Dramatherapy Association (US).

Lisa has had the privilege of working with and learning from veterans for more than a decade. She has worked with US veterans recovering from homelessness, child survivors of trauma, children with gender identity challenges, and with Tibetan, Indian and Bhutan immigrants.

Research interests

  • Veterans
  • Wellbeing
  • Post-traumatic growth
  • Moral injury


  • Registered Arts Therapist, Health and Care Professions Council
  • Registered Drama Therapist, North American Dramatherapy Association
  • MA Sociology, University of Arizona

Selected recent publications

Winn, L. and Peacock, L., 2022 (forthcoming). Soldiering On. In Trauma-informed dramatherapy: Transforming clinics, classrooms, and communities. Edited by N. Sajnani and D. R. Johnson, 2nd edition (Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas Publisher).

Peacock, L., 2018. Almost Paradise: A creative arts collaboration helping US veterans recover from homelessness, in Bent, C. and Colbert, T. (eds.) Working Across Modalities in the Arts Therapies: Creative Collaborations (London: Routledge), pp. 165-177.