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RIA # 138: Dr. Heather Corwin on Embodied Research

Dr. Heather Corwin

On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Heather L. Corwin. Dr. Corwin earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a somatic concentration from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (L.A.) and her M.F.A. in Acting/Theatre from Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory. She teaches courses that investigate behavior, impulse awareness, effective communication styles, stamina, physical storytelling, style, actions, and identifying needs. Her research focus looks at the impacts of emotional intelligence, actor training, psychological well-being and stress management. She serves as the Editor-in-Chief of The Players Journal and has published articles spanning great teaching, research methods, interdisciplinary fields, sensory awareness, empathy, the therapeutic relationship, and the relationship between actor training and emotional intelligence. As an actress, her work has been seen in countries all over the world. She has performed in award winning network television and regional theater throughout the U.S. As a coach, Heather works with individuals to best understand needs, actions to suit the needs, identifying behavior in others, and producing results under pressure. In 2017, Dr. Corwin was nominated for the distinction of Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day Faculty Member of the Year at NIU. For years, Dr. Corwin served as the Head of Movement for actor training at Northern Illinois University.

Transcript (.docx)

Show Notes

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Segment 1: Actor Training Research [00:00-11:45]

In this first segment, Heather shares about her research on actor training.

Segment 2: Embodied Research [11:46-21:40]

In segment two, Heather discusses how her experience as a Rolfer has impacted her research.

Segment 3: Interdisciplinary Research [21:41-33:52]

In segment three, Heather shares about some of the challenges and benefits of being an interdisciplinary researcher.

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-02:48]: Movement Suggestions for Researchers

In this bonus clip, Heather discusses some ways that researchers can be less sedentary.

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