Liliana S. Araújo

Academic title(s): 

Assistant Professor

Liliana S. Araújo
Music Research
Music Performance
Performance Science
Contact Information
Email address: 
liliana.araujo [at]

Dr Liliana Araújo is an academic, researcher and consultant specialised in performance psychology and performance science. Liliana worked as Programme Leader in Dance Science and Senior Lecturer in Performance Psychology in Music and Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London, UK). Before joining Trinity Laban, she worked at the Centre for Performance Science (Royal College of Music, London, UK) as Research Associate for Musical Impact, a major research project investigating Musicians’ Health and Wellbeing.

She is Senior Fellow of Higher Education, having lectured in Psychology, Social Sciences, Sports, Arts and Performing Arts Medicine courses in the UK and Portugal since 2006. Her research interests are cross and interdisciplinary, with a focus on health and wellbeing, career development and excellence in performance. Recently, her research is focused on performing arts students and teachers’ mental health in collaboration with researchers in the UK, USA, Australia and Hong Kong.

Liliana works closely with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic as consultant for culture change and performers’ wellbeing. She designed and delivered psychological wellbeing training for Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (Malta), Southbank Sinfonia (UK), and London Philharmonic Orchestra (UK), among other organisations. Being committed to develop as a cultural leader, Liliana was recently awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council bursary to pursue the Leadership Pulse programme by Clore Leadership (UK). She holds a PhD in Psychology, she is a chartered psychologist in the UK (BPS) and Portugal (OPP), and a certified stress management, health, and wellbeing coach.

Selected publications: 
  •  Araújo, L.S. & Spahn, C. (2022). Promoting health related lifestyle. In G. E. McPherson (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Music Performance, Volume 2 (pp. 279-306). Oxford University Press.
  • Araújo, L.S., Wasley, D., Redding, E., Atkins, L., Perkins, R., Ginsborg, J., & Williamon, A. (2020). Fit to perform: A profile of Higher Education music students’ physical fitness. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 298.
  • Heyman, L., Perkins, R., & Araújo, L. S. (2019). Examining the health and well-being experiences of singers in popular music. Journal of Popular Music Education, 3(2), 173-201.
  • Araújo, L.S., Wasley, D., Perkins, R., Atkins, L., Redding, E., Ginsborg, J., & Williamon, A. (2017), Fit to perform: An investigation of music students’ health promoting attitudes and behaviours. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1558.
  • Perkins, R., Reid, H., Araújo, L.S., Clark, T, & Williamon, A. (2017). Perceived enablers and barriers to optimal health among music students: A qualitative study in the music conservatoire setting. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 968.
  • Cruder, C., Barbero, M., Falla, D., Mangili, F., Azzimonti, L., Araújo, L.S., & Williamon, A. (2017). Profiling the location and extent of musicians’ pain using digital pain drawings. Pain Practice, 18(1), 53-66.
  • Araújo. L.S., Almeida, L.S., & Cruz, J.F. (2016), Achieving scientific excellence: An exploratory study of the importance of emotional and motivational factors. High Ability Studies, 28(2) 1-16.
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