Andrea Charise has written, edited, and/or co-edited more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, academic monographs, book chapters, book series, and edited volumes.

She has also given keynote lectures, medical grand rounds, and public talks on the opportunities—and challenges facing—the creative arts and humanities as a method for social wellness.

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    The Routledge Companion to Health Humanities

    In this volume, a formidable set of authors explore the history, current state, and future of the health humanities, in particular how its vision of the arts and humanities promotes creative public health,
    opens new routes to health and well-being and more.

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“Andrea Charise makes a substantial contribution to nineteenth-century studies and the field of aging studies.”

— University of Toronto Quarterly

“In the context of Covid-19, these questions of aging, population, and demographic thinking have come into yet sharper focus. This book is a brilliant example of what the past might have to tell us about growing older together.”

Studies in Romanticism

“Charise has given us an original and groundbreaking study of literary, historical, anthropological, and philosophical texts.”

— Devoney Looser, author of The Making of Jane Austen

“A book that will be integral to future discussions of aging.”

Modern Philology

Academic Book Series

Studies in Health Humanities

Between 2020 and late 2023, Andrea Charise was founding co-editor of the academic book series Studies in Health Humanitie (Lehigh University Press).

Established in 2020, this series welcomes research from scholars at any stage in their career working in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The series seeks projects that reflect the diversity of topics, issues, and communities that comprise—or invent new futures for—the field of health humanities broadly conceived.

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Selected Articles, Chapters, Essays

Andrea’s publications in Health Humanities include:

What is Intergenerational Storytelling? Defining the Critical Issues for Aging Research in the Humanities

(2022). Describes the state of Intergenerational Storytelling (IGS) in aging research and assesses the critical (e.g., conceptual, ethical, and social justice) issues raised by its current practice.

Aging, Remixed: Intergenerational Storytelling in the Digital Realm

(2022). An overview of current scholarship in health-related digital storytelling that explores the intersection of digital media, health humanities, and age studies.

The Manual of Disaster: Creativity, Preparedness, and Writing the Emergency Room.

(2022). An exploration of “creativity” discourse, particularly within critical discussions of health-care and illness narratives. Included in the Royal Society of Canada’s “Engaging Creativities: Art in a Pandemic” anthology (2021).

Beyond Empathy: A Qualitative Exploration of Arts and Humanities in Pre-professional (Baccalaureate) Health Education

(2020). A qualitative instrumental case study with participants from Canada’s first Health Humanities baccalaureate program.

On Applying the Arts and Humanities in Austere Times

(2020). Examines the longstanding issue of the “application” of arts and humanities in health and health-related settings, with particular emphasis on the practice of “empathy training.”

Resemblance, Diversity, and Making Age Studies Matter

(2019). Unpacks key problems currently facing age studies pedagogy by asking: How can age studies better reflect the intersectional realities of aging – in the classroom and beyond?

The Impact of Narrative Training as a Method to Promote Nursing Empathy within a Pediatric Rehabilitation Setting

(2018). The first study of its kind conducted in the pediatric rehabilitation nursing context. An exploration of how arts-based narrative training enhances nursing empathy and contributes to a supportive nursing culture.

Humanistic Perspectives: Arts and the Aging Mind

(2018). Describes studies of artistic engagement for older persons and their correlation with enhanced quality of life, social engagement, physical and mental health, and sense of self.

Site, Sector, Scope: Mapping the Epistemological Landscape of Health Humanities

(2017). A comparative appraisal of the contextual differences influencing the implementation of Health Humanities in Canada, the United States, and United Kingdom.

The Future is Certain: Manifesting Age, Culture, Humanities

(2014). A manifesto for age studies: from the inaugural issue of the journal Age, Culture, Humanities.

Questioning Context: An Interdisciplinary Tool for Exploring Non-medical Factors Affecting Health Decision-making

(2010). An exploratory tool that articulates wide-ranging contextual factors relevant to health decision making.

White Coats Meet Grey Power: Students and Seniors Respond to an ‘Intergenerational Gala’

(2008). This study explores students’ and seniors’ perceptions of aging and the influence of these perceptions on medical practice before and after a recreational, intergenerational event.