After living abroad, Deborah moved back to New Zealand in 2006 and re-qualified at Whitecliffe as an Arts Therapist. When the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes occurred in her hometown of Lyttleton, she began intensive work with the quake-affected. She conducted numerous arts therapy workshops and groups throughout schools and ran a private practice working with quake-affected adults and children.
Deborah is passionate about arts-based research and education and has published several journal articles and book chapters, as well as presented at conferences and symposiums in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and Canada.
Deborah holds an Honours Degree in Drama, a Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Education, a Masters Degree in Education and a Masters Degree in Clinical Arts Therapy. She also gained her PhD from the University of Auckland in 2016 for an art-based autoethnographic exploration of her experience as a quake-arts therapist.
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