Arts and Culture Research Symposium

The annual Arts and Culture Research Symposium creates awareness of the diversity of arts research, and encourages arts practitioners and researchers to discuss ideas.


Keynote Speaker 

Dr Wong Tien Hua is a Family Medicine Practitioner with practices in Sengkang and Punggol. Dr Wong is a Council Member of the Singapore Medical Association, and has been serving in SMA since 2004. He was President of the Singapore Medical Association from April 2015 to April 2018, represents SMA on the National Diabetes Prevention and Care Taskforce and was a member of the Health Insurance Task Force. He was Chairman of the Medical Associations of South East Nations (MASEAN) from 2014 to 2016.


He is Vice President of the College of Family Physicians Singapore (CFPS) since 2019, and serves as the Programme Director for the Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine (GDFM) Programme. The GDFM Programme trains more than 250 postgraduate students per year. He has been a GDFM tutor for more than a decade. He also teaches as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Family Medicine at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. Dr Wong is a Council Member of the Chapter of Family Physicians, Academy of Medicine Singapore.


Dr Wong was appointed as Council Member on the National Arts Council (NAC) by the Minister of Culture, Community and Youth since September 2019, and serves on its Human Resource Committee. He is currently a board member at Bright Vision Hospital and serves in their audit committee, as well as a council member for Agency for Care Effectiveness (ACE). He is a member of the National General Practitioner Advisory Panel under MOH, the MOHH National GP IT Workgroup, and the MOH Advisory Committee on the Clinical Management of Dengue. He served as a member of the Singapore Ministry of Health’s Joint Committee for Family Medicine, was a member of the Singapore Medical Council’s Complaints Committee Panel and was appointed by the Chief Justice to The Inquiry Panel.



Professor Katherine Boydell is Head of the AKT (Arts-Based Knowledge Translation) Lab at the Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales and Director of Knowledge Translation for Maridulu Budyari Gumal – Sydney Partnership in Health Education Research and Enterprise (SPHERE), one of 8 NHMRC Advanced Research Translational Centres. Her participatory, collaborative program of research uses the arts, broadly defined, in the research creation and dissemination process.


She has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and also uses installation art as a knowledge translation strategy to share empirical research findings to a wide range of audiences. Using these strategies has resulted in increased mental health literacy, decreased stigma and enhanced help seeking. 











Dr Clive Parkinson is the Director of Arts for Health and a Reader in Arts, Health and Social Justice at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has been closely involved with arts and health developments in the UK, Europe and Australia and he has been central to strategic developments and practical activity in this field. In the UK he is a member of the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance.​ He recently compiled The Manchester Declaration, a statement of principles to drive the arts and health agenda across Greater Manchester over the next five years. He has worked with the ground breaking Portraits of Recovery to reframe thinking about substance misuse from a cultural perspective and in 2014 wrote the Recoverist Manifesto after working collectively with people affected by substance misuse across Europe.


Between 2014 and 2017 he collaborated with Australian artist Vic McEwan culminating in the award winning The Harmonic Oscillator and the book, Critical Care. In 2017 he was a commissioned artist at The Big Anxiety Festival delivering a new body of work under the banner dis/ordered which explored the contested area of mental difference and which was performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Working on the AHRC funded, Dementia & Imagination, Clive was the lead author of the artists handbook, Research Informed Approaches to Visual Arts Interventions. In autumn 2021, he will be launching a Masters in Arts, Health & Social Change at Manchester Metropolitan University.







Dr Joanne Yoong is an applied economist working at the intersection of behavioural economics and health and financial decision making for the well-being of vulnerable populations. Dr Yoong’s primary appointment is as Senior Economist at the University of Southern California, where she directs the offices of the USC Center for Economic and Social Research in Singapore and Washington DC, and is a principal member of the USC Behavioral Economics Studio. 


Based in Singapore, Dr Yoong also holds faculty appointments at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, of the Singapore Management University and the RAND Corporation. She is the author of over seventy peer-reviewed articles in leading economics, medical and public health journals. 


Dr Yoong serves in various national and international policy and industry advisory capacities, and has previously held positions as the Director of the Center for Health Services and Policy Research at the National University Hospital System, Director of the Asia Pacific Regional Capacity-Building for Health Technology Assessment (ARCH) Initiative, Director of the RAND Behavioural Finance Forum 2012 and founding co-president of the Singapore Health Economics Association. Dr Yoong is also a member of the founding and organizing committee for the first Asian Workshop for Health Economics and Econometrics. 


In addition to her academic work, Dr Yoong is the founder of Research for Impact, a Singapore-based social enterprise working to make behavioral and social science research accessible, inclusive and transformative for all. Dr Yoong received her Ph.D. in Economics at Stanford University as an FSI Starr Foundation Fellow after an early career in financial services, and her AB summa cum laude in Economics and Applied and Computational Mathematics from Princeton University. 



Dr Donald Yeo qualified as a Clinical Neuropsychologist with a special interest in cognitive aging and dementia. From more than 25 years of professional practice, advanced training and clinical research, he has established deep expertise in the cognitive evaluation of patients with brain disorders and providing psychological support to family caregivers. He has co-created innovative Arts and Health community programs to benefit elderly persons with early cognitive decline.


He is currently an Associate Trainer with the Alzheimer’s Disease Association. A lifelong educator and learning facilitator, he teaches and supervises Psychology and Allied Health undergraduates, post-graduates and polytechnic students. Prior to starting private practice in 2013, he was a Principal Neuropsychologist at Singapore General Hospital Department of Neurology and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore Department of Psychology.