Dr Marina Rova

Staff details

Position Lecturer, MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy
Email m.rova (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7078 5016
Dr Marina Rova

Dr Marina Rova is a registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist (ADMP UK), a Lecturer on the MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy programme (Social, Therapeutic and Cultural Studies) and an interdisciplinary researcher. Her practice-based PhD explored kinaesthetic empathy through the intersections of dance movement psychotherapy, phenomenology and cognitive neuroscience.

Marina’s professional background spans two decades including her teaching career in dance education (1998-2008) and her clinical practice in the National Health Service (2009 – 2018). Specialist client groups include adults in inpatient and outpatient mental health services, elderly living with dementia in continuing care units and mothers and babies in an award-winning perinatal mental health unit. Marina has also carried out work as part of a local authority early intervention family service. She also developed a creative movement programme for Dramatize, a theatre company for young adults with learning needs.

Marina’s independent consultancy work provides guidance and training in embodied practice and reflexivity for a range of professional and charitable organisations (Royal College of Psychiatrists, Dementia Pathfinders, Dance for Life, St George’s Foundation Trust to name a few). She has taught on numerous undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational programmes in the UK (University of Roehampton, Place to Be, Institute for Arts in Therapies and Education, Edge Hill University) and internationally (Biosoft: Institute for Non-verbal Coaching and Psychomotor  Therapy Ukraine and European Association for Dance Movement Therapy). Marina has also served as a Council member for the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (2015-2016) and is a peer reviewer for the journal Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy.

Marina is passionate about collaborative work and is a co-founding member of aRTSjAM Collective a continuous professional development group focusing on artistic practice and expression created by a group of arts therapists. She is also co-founder of ArtsMinded Community Interest Company, which aims to promote, de-stigmatise and advocate for mental health awareness across all sectors of the community, through the delivery of therapy, training and professional development opportunities.


Academic qualifications

  • PhD
  • MA
  • PgDip DMP
  • BA Hons

Research Interests

Marina is keen to support research in the therapies and their related subjects and is especially interested in the following areas:

Kinaesthetic empathy, intersubjectivity, phenomenology, developmental studies, interdisciplinarity, practice-based research, embodied reflexivity, adult mental health, perinatal mental health, dementia


Publications and research outputs


Frizell, Caroline and Rova, Marina. 2022. Creative Bodies in Therapy, Performance and Community: Research and Practice that Brings us Home. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9781032119809

Thompson, Naomi; Nasimi, Rabia; Rova, Marina and Turner, Andy. 2022. Community Work with Migrant and Refugee Women: 'Insiders' and 'outsiders' in research and practice. Bingley: Emerald. ISBN 9781801174794

Book Section

Rova, Marina. 2022. Kinaesthetic entanglements and creative immersion in embodied performance. In: Caroline Frizell and Marina Rova, eds. Creative Bodies in Therapy, Performance and Community: Research and Practice that Brings us Home. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9781032119809

Rova, Marina and Behm, Marrianne. 2022. Borderlands: Exploring creativity as a practice of liminality in the arts therapies. In: Caroline Frizell and Marina Rova, eds. Creative Bodies in Therapy, Performance and Community: Research and Practice that Brings us Home. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9781032119809

Rova, Marina and Thompson, Naomi. 2022. Trauma-Informed Practice with Migrant and Refugee Women. In: Naomi Thompson; Rabia Nasimi; Marina Rova and Andy Turner, eds. Community Work with Migrant and Refugee Women: 'Insiders' and 'Outsiders' in Research and Practice. Bingley: Emerald. ISBN 9781801174794

Rova, Marina and Haddow, Sarah. 2017. Moving Bodies: Dance Movement Psychotherapy Groups for Mothers and Babies in Inpatient and Outpatient Perinatal Mental Health Services. In: Monika Celebi, ed. Weaving the Cradle: Facilitating Groups to Promote Attunement and Bonding between Parents, Their Babies and Toddlers. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp. 120-131. ISBN 9781848193116


Rova, Marina; Burrell, Claire and Cohen, Marika. 2020. Existing in-between two worlds: supporting asylum seeking women living in temporary accommodation through a creative movement and art intervention. Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy: An International Journal for Theory, Research and Practice, 15(3), pp. 204-218. ISSN 1743-2979

Rova, Marina. 2017. Embodying kinaesthetic empathy through interdisciplinary practice-based research. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 55, pp. 164-173. ISSN 0197-4556

Conference or Workshop Item

Rova, Marina. 2020. 'Kinaesthetic intersubjectivity through the lens of Dance Movement Psychotherapy'. In: Whose Intersubjectivity Anyway? Five perspectives across psychotherapeutic modalities.. Stillpoint Spaces, London, United Kingdom 18 January 2020.

Rova, Marina. 2018. 'Moving toward 'new lands': Transforming embodied knowledge in the 21st century'. In: 3rd EADMT Conference - "Crossing Borders and the In-Between. DMT at the Leading Edge". Athens, Greece 5-7 October 2018.


Rova, Marina. 2014. |mu| a live dance theatre research performance accompanied by a photography and art exhibition. In: "|mu| - a live dance theatre performance accompanied by a performance and art exhibition", Univesrity of Roehampton, United Kingdom, 2014.

Rova, Marina. 2011. De Mentis Silent Stories. In: "De Mentis: Silent Stories I,II & III", Chisenhale Dance Space, United Kingdom, 25-27 February 2011.

Professional Activity

Rova, Marina. 2022. PhD Supervisor, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Rova, Marina. 2020. PhD Upgrade Examiner, Goldsmiths, University of London.


Rova, Marina. 2017. Embodying Kinaesthetic Empathy a: practice based and interdisciplinary research. Doctoral thesis, University of Roehampton