Introduction: I am a music psychologist working as a Senior Research Associate at the Lucerne University of Applied Arts and Sciences in Switzerland. My current research focuses on using music for health and wellbeing with two research strands: 1 - the use of rhythmical music to help motivate and manage movements for people with Parkinson's, and 2 - the wellbeing of musicians.
I am a member of the International Judo Research Unit (iDojo) at the University of Hertfordshire, and a professional member of the Society for Education and Music Psychology Research (SEMPRE), and the British Assocition for Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES). I am also a professional drummer (current; The Frog Princess - Punked, previous; Rantipoles, Gertrude, Right Said Fred, Altered Images) and martial artist, holding black belts in Danzan Ryu Ju Jitzu and WTF Tae Kwon Do.
Recent Projects: My postdoctoral research (2016-2018) was conducted at the University of Hertfordshire. It focused on the different effects of auditory cues (music and metronomes) on synchronization and entrainment of different types of movements for people with Parkinson`s.
Academic Background: I completed an MSc. (Music, Mind and Brain) and Ph.D. (supervised by Professor Pam Heaton and Dr Alice Jones Bartoli) also at Goldsmiths. My thesis investigated the cognitive, behavioural and socio-emotional effects of becoming and being a musician in children and adults. Prior to academia, I taught artist development at the British & Irish Modern Music Insitute (BIMM) and worked as professional drummer and drum teacher in the UK.
Arts & Media: I have previously appeared in The Happiness Project, a Wellcome Trust funded project in association with The Roundhouse, London. I appeared on BBC MidWeek for this project, and recently again for a BBC documentary on the therapeutic effects of dance with Darcey Bussell.