Dr. Boydell is a Professor of Mental Health at the Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales. Her research is both methodological and substantive; substantively, it focuses on understanding the complex pathways to care for young people experiencing a first episode of psychosis, the use of new technologies in child and youth mental health, and the ‘science’ of knowledge translation. Methodologically, it focuses on advancing qualitative inquiry, specifically, in the area of arts-based health research. Professor Boydell explores the use of a wide variety of art genres in the creation and dissemination of empirical research - including documentary film, dance, digital storytelling, found poetry, photo-elicitation, installation art and body mapping. Her work takes a critical perspective and focuses on the theoretical, methodological and ethical challenges of engaging in arts-based health research. She has published more than 200 journal articles and book chapters and has published a recent text titled Hearing Voices: Qualitative Inquiry in Early Psychosis.
Recent projects include the use of body mapping to share the experiences of youth with psychosis regarding their involvement in Keeping the Body in Mind Program at the Bondi Clinic, and digital storytelling with youth experiencing psychosis in rural communities. She is also the mental health lead for Sydney's The BIG Anxiety, a festival of interactive arts, coming up September - November 2017.
She is Adjunct Senior Scientist with the Child and Youth Mental Health Research Unit, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, Research Institute, Hospital for Sick Children and Adjunct Professor in Departments of Psychiatry and Dalla Lana School of Public Health at University of Toronto. She is also Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Program in Theatre at York University