Department of Psychology

Visiting address
2075 Parkstead House, Whitelands


BA (Hons) Dance

MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy

PhD Interdiciplinary: Feminism, Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Performance


Dr. Beatrice Allegranti is an award winning dance movement psychotherapist (UKCP reg.), choreographer, capoeira practitioner, feminist researcher, writer and educator. In 2011 she was appointed the position of Reader in Dance Movement Psychotherapy and created the inaugural Centre for Arts Therapies Research in the Department of Psychology at the University of Roehampton. Beatrice has written and led the MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) and the first European DMP Supervision Training at the University of Roehampton.

Over the past two decades her international experience encompasses choreography and filmmaking as well as clinical practice, consultancy and supervision. This includes facilitating international dance movement psychotherapy conflict resolution work with young people from Palestine and Israel (Arts For Peace & The Irish Defense Forces);UK National Health psychotherapy work (in the context of adult mental health; dementia; special needs; autism) as well as training NHS staff in non‐verbal and kinesthetic communication. Beatrice has been played a leading role in several inaugural international DMP trainings (Poland; Holland) and has shaped policy for the profession of DMP for the past twenty years. Beatrice is regularly invited to present her work and teach around the world including Polish Institute for Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Warsaw; Helsinki Theatre Academy, Finland; Grieg Academy of Music, University of Bergen, Norway; School of Human Sciences University of Edinburgh; Film Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London; Codarts Rotterdam  Dance Academy.

Through her work, Beatrice brings the arts and sciences into conversation. Her extensive publications and short dance films include her book: Embodied Performances: Sexuality, Gender Bodies (Palgrave Macmillan 2011); Becoming Bodies (2013), a short dance film exploring the relationship between biology and body politics made in collaboration with the Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology, Porto; Your Story Calls Me (2013) a short dance film about the experience of loss and grief for ten adults and Witnessing Loss (2014) a collaborative project with Jonathan Wyatt, combining dance and writing, awarded an UnLtd Social Enterprise Grant. This work on loss was also awarded the 2015 Norman K. Denzin Qualitative Research Award. Beatrice’s most recent work I Can’t Find Myself (2015) – is short film and research project about experience of dementia, made in collaboration with composer Jill Halstead and the Grieg Academy of Music, Bergen and supported by Dementia Pathfinders UK. Beatrice’s current project, Embodied Signatures, is in collaboration with Capoeria Master, Ponciano Almeida and cognitive neuroscientist, Jonathan Silas.



2019- Fabienne Formosa: ‘Moving Gender and Mental Health: A Practice-Based
Investigation’. PhD| Director of Studies.

2019- Eszter Ivan: ‘An Interdisciplinary Investigation into Living with Medically
Unexplained Symptoms’. PhD | Director of Studies.

2017 Marina Rova: ‘Embodying Kinesthetic Empathy: A practice-based study
combining phenomenology, dance movement psychotherapy and cognitive
neuroscience’. First PhD of its kind| Director of Studies.

2015 Hannah Humphry-Baker: ‘Men, Miscarriage, and Therapy: An Interpretative
Phenomenological Analysis of how men experience one-to-one therapy
after a late miscarriage or stillbirth’. PsychD | Co-supervisor.

2015 Agne Bieliunaite: ‘The experience of growing up with a narcissistic mother: the
perspectives of adult daughters‘. PsychD | Co-supervisor.

2014-15 Marina Tsartsara: ‘My in-complete Body: An autoethnographic performance
investigation into CPT2 metabolic mopathy.’ PhD | Director of Studies
(incomplete due to lack of funding). 

2011 Sarah Knight: ‘Being “heard” in the counselling relationship: an investigation into the experience of hard of hearing clients’. PsychD | Co-supervisor.

2009 Interruption - Tina Peitsch: ‘Hearing the person in the life story: Introducing a narrative counselling psychology perspective on adult mental health’.



2009   Richard Coaten: ‘Building Bridges of Understanding: the use of    embodied practices with people with dementia and their care staff as mediated by dance movement psychotherapy’. PhD.

2012   Mihaela Zdrali: ‘Counselling Psychologists’ Embodied Experience of Empathic Attunement in their Clinical Work: A Qualitative Investigation’. PsychD.



2019          Goldsmith’s College, University of  London, Gradute programmes panel reviewer

2016-date  University of Hull, External Advisor, Masters

2015-date  External Examiner University of Chichester, MA in Somatic Arts by  Practice

2015-date  PhD application external assessor, University of Chichester

2012          Revalidation panel expert for MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy, University of Derby.

2012           Revalidation panel expert for MA in Dance Psychotherapy, Codarts, Rotterdam

2008-2012    External Examiner for the BA (Hons) Creative Arts in Education.

2008             Validation panel member for, BA (Hons) Creative Arts in Education, University of Wales.



Dance Research Journal (Cambridge University Press)

The Arts in Psychotherapy (Elseiver)

Body Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy Journal (Routledge)

British Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Wiley)

Journal of Applied Social Psychology (Wiley)

Jessica Kingsley Publishers



London Arts; Arts Council England; Public Health England; UnLtd Catalyst Award; Grieg Academy of Music – Norway; Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia – Porto; hYbrid – Conversations between Science and Art at IBMC Porto; University of Roehampton – Department of Psychology; White Hart Lane Therapy Centre; N Creative; Women Director’s Cut – Video Channel Cologne, Santander Award for UK-Brazilian Collaboration, the 2015 Norman K. Denzin Qualitative Research Award.



ADMP UK Quarterly, Emotion: Vol. XXI, No.1: 3-9, Interview with Dr Beatrice Allegranti.

Research interests

Dance and Choreography

Dance Movement Psychotherapy

Feminist New Materialism and Posthumanism


Embodied Cognition

Interdisciplinary Methodologies


Professional affiliations

2016-date United Kingdom Council for Counselling and Psychotherapy Registered Member.

1997-date  Senior Registered Member Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK

2004-10  Professional Registration Committee Member – Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy. Advising council, assessing UK registration procedures and applications for membership, writing and implementation of policy: professional codes of practice and ethics. Liaising with local and central government regarding HPC regulation procedures.

2010-date  Training and Education Committee Member: Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK. Devising and implementing training and education policy for postgraduate programmes in the UK.  

Consultancy work

 2012   Rotterdam Dance Academy, The Netherlands, Expert panel member for MA Dance Therapy Audit.

2004-2010   Arts for Peace Foundation, Ireland in partnership with the Irish Government, the United Nations and the Right to Play: Facilitating and assessing dance movement psychotherapy groups of adolescents from European and Middle Eastern countries experiencing conflict.

2008   Hong Kong Medical Foundation - introduction to dance movement psychotherapy work, clinical workshops for social workers and lecture.



Interdisciplinary Choreographic Practices

Dance and Dementia

Embodied Research Methodologies

Human Development and Growth

Embodied Counter/transference

Feminist New Materialism and Posthumanism in Dance and Dance Movement Psychotherapy 

Embodied Cognition and Neurofeminism

Embodied Approaches to working with Loss, Grief and Dementia


Research outputs

  1. Dancing Activism: Choreographing With/in Dementia

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  2. Moving Kinship: Towards Material Equalities in Everyday Life

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  3. Moving Kinship: Between choreography, psychotherapy and everyday life

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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  1. UnLTD: Social Enterprise Award

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  2. 2015 Norman K. Denzin Qualitative Research Award

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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