ARBN 633105736

Previous awards: Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation Research Grants


Alexandra Jordan was awarded $3000 for her participation in the project Dancing Together: Developing, trialing and evaluating a program of dance movement therapy for Indigenous Australians recovering from trauma in remote areas of Australia. Exploring whether indigenous Australians’ recovery from trauma can be supported by dance movement therapy. Once it is completed, a report on the project will be published in Moving On and on the DTAA website.


Jung-Hsu Wan was awarded $2,500 for her participation in the project entitled Implementing of iPad app for DMT assessment in dance therapy clinical practice in New Zealand – a project across contexts and cultures, which explores the possibility of establishing an agreed set of objectives and related measures for specific areas of DMT practice. Once it is completed, a report on the project will be published in Moving On and on the DTAA website.


Marita Jacobson received a grant of $2,000 for her project titled; Researching dance movement therapy approaches to well-being for women in Timor-Leste. This project was intended to build on a pilot study previously undertaken in Timor–Leste by Australian dance movement therapists. It aimed to develop a better understanding of how dance movement, offered in conjunction with other creative arts therapies, can contribute to women’s health and well-being in Timor-Leste, where individuals have experienced significant traumatic events due to decades of political and civil strife. A report on the project will be published in Moving On (Vol 15 Nos 1-2) 2018 and on the DTAA website.

Kim Adele Peel received a grant for her project, Capture, to document the history of a DMT group that has been in existence for more than 30 years. This project was intended to investigate what contributes to the longevity of a group and the difference the group has made to the lives of the participants. It will compile historical and current film footage, record interviews with the dance movement therapists and participants of the group and present these in a combined package of DVD and written media. This project will make available archival material to the DMT community for educational use as well as make better known the contribution of dance movement therapy to the community at large. The project will be published in Moving On and on the DTAA website once it is completed.


Kim Dunphy and Sue Mullane were awarded $2000 to assist with the development of an app. for assessment in dance-movement therapy which will be a conversion of their Framework for Dance-Movement Therapy Assessment. The project is intended to provide a user-friendly tool for dance-movement therapists as well as practitioners in related disciplines. The app also received an ‘Award for innovation in dance movement therapy’, from the American Dance Therapy Association in October 2015. The project was completed and documented in Moving On, (Vol 12 Nos 3-4), 2014.


Sue Mullane was awarded a grant for her study entitled How Effective is the Framework for Dance-Movement Assessment (recently developed by Kim Dunphy and Sue Mullane) when used within the DEECD assessment framework in the context of a dance-movement therapy program in a special needs school. Her report was published as Evidence of Learning – how can we know about student progress in school-based dmt programs in Moving On, (Vol 11 Nos 3-4) 2014.


Jessica Lesosky was awarded a grant for her study Intergenerational Dance/Movement Therapy: Connections Between Two Generations. This project was completed in 2009 and was reported in Moving On, (Vol 8 Nos 3-4) 2009.


The first grants were awarded in 2007. Kim Dunphy and collaborators Tessa Hearnes and Professor John Toumbourou were awarded a grant to undertake a survey of dance-movement therapy to document and map current practice in Australia. This project’s results were presented at the DTAA Conference in November 2007, and the American Dance Therapy Conference in October 2008. The final report was published as a chapter as, Dance-movement therapy in Australia: a survey of practitioners and practice in Dance Therapy Collections 3.