Introduction: I am a Senior Research Associate at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences & Arts in Switzerland, a member of the International Judo Research Unit (iDojo) at the University of Hertfordshire, and a professional member of the British Association for Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES). I am also a professional drummer (The Frog Princess - Punked, Rantipoles, Gertrude, Right Said Fred, Altered Images) and a martial artist, holding black belts in Danzan Ryu Ju Jitzu and Tae Kwon Do.
I am currently a nominated member of the College of Experts for Parkinson`s UK and a Visiting Fellow working with Professor Meg Morris at Le Trobe University (Australia).
My current research includes:
- Empowering Musicians, a project investigating health and wellbeing
- Drumming for Parkinson`s, a music and movement intervention
Recent Projects: My postdoctoral research was undertaken with Dr Peter Lovatt and Dr Lucy Annett at the Dance Psychology Lab, University of Hertfordshire. The project investigated the effects of music on movement for people with Parkinson`s. This project included collaborations (which are ongoing) with Professor Yvonne Delevoye-Turrell (SCALAb, Université of Lille, France) and Dr Jessica Grahn (GrahnLab, University of Western Ontario, Canada).
In 2018, I won a Parkinson`s UK Network Meeting grant to further develop mutli-disciplinary approaches to using music for movement in Parkinson`s.
Thanks to an ECR grant in 2017, I worked in collaboration with Dr Guido Orgs and Dr Daniel Müllensiefen at Goldsmiths, University of London to develop the Dance Sophistication Index.
Academic Background: I completed an MSc. (Music, Mind and Brain) and Ph.D. (supervised by Professor Pam Heaton and Dr Alice Jones Bartoli) at Goldsmiths. Prior to that I taught artist development at the British & Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) and worked as professional drummer and drum teacher in the UK.
Arts & Media: I have performed in `The Happiness Project`, a Wellcome Trust funded arts project in association with The Roundhouse and appeared on BBC MidWeeK and in a documentary called Dancing to Happiness with Darcey Bussell.