Whitecliffe MA AT Student Yesim Sokmen Wins Southern District Health Board’s Health Research Excellence Award

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Whitecliffe MA AT Student Yesim Sokmen Wins Southern District Health Board’s Health Research Excellence Award

Dunedin-based Whitecliffe Master of Arts in Arts Therapy (MA AT) student Yesim Sokmen has received a Southern District Health Board’s Health Research Excellence Award. She was granted the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Practitioners Award based on her proposal for research of “evidence regarding the connections between self-soothing, mindfulness, physical and psychological well-being and recovery from mental illness.” The ceremony was held at the University of Otago awarding research awards for studies such as epigenetics, pathology and cardiology.

 Head of Department Arts Therapy Amanda Levey says, “This is a fantastic accomplishment. It is a huge achievement just to get ethical approval for research within a district health board; there are many hurdles and hoops to be jumped through. So not only did Yesim manage to do that, she was also given an award for excellence just for her proposal. This is a wonderful endorsement of her hard work and also I think it indicates the rising credibility of the arts therapies within the health system.”

 Yesim is conducting the study in Semester Two for her MAAT dissertation. We congratulate Yesim on her achievement and wish her well for the research.

(U of O photograph features award recipients (left to right): Vicki Devery, Yesim Sokmen, Professor Richie Poulton, Professor Ian Morison, Dr Chris Baldi.)

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