DR Kim Dunphy

DR Kim Dunphy


  • Dance movement therapy (assessment, evaluation)
  • cultural development
  • international development



  • Kim is a Mackenzie Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s newly established Creative Arts Therapy Research Unit. She is focussing on researching dance movement therapy assessment, particularly the establishment of a framework of outcomes for dance movement therapy, working with colleagues in five countries. She will also be involved in establishing post-graduate training programs in dance movement therapy at CATRU. Kim's research interests are encompassed by the possibilities of culture in development, and the development of culture. She particularly focusses on the arts as an expression of culture, across the whole spectrum of arts as therapy to participation and performance. The main question her research seeks to answer is, what difference arts engagement makes, and how would we know? Specific topics of recent publications include cultural measurement, cultural impact assessment, dance movement therapy assessment and arts participation as a social change mechanism.

    Journals in which she has recently published include Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, the American Journal of Dance Therapy, Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia and the International Journal Of Creativity And Human Development. Book chapters have appeared in collections including The Oxford Handbook of Community Music, Contemporary Perspectives in Art and International Development and Psychotherapy and Counselling: Reflections on Practice. Kim has also been involved in developing on-line products for evaluation and assessment, including Marking the Moves, the world’s first iPad app for dance movement therapy assessment (www.makingdancematter.com.au). This has had two awards, a 2015 Award for Innovation from the American Dance Therapy Association, and award for outstanding presentation at the ACER Excellence in Professional Practice Conference in 2014. Ongoing projects include CDN’s Cultural Development Planning Framework (www.cu   


Member of

  • Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia. Professional Member 2015 - 2020


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2014
  • M.Ed, Deakin University 1997
  • Grad Dip Movt Dance, University of Melbourne 1992
  • B.A., University of Melbourne 1983

Awards and honors

  • American Dance Therapy Association Award for Innovation, 2015
  • Deakin University, 2009



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am available for supervision for students with interests in dance movement therapy broadly, and creative arts therapists and other arts practitioners and professionals with interests in assessment and evaluation. I am also interseted in supervising students with broader interests in culture and development.