Professor Jörg Fachner

Professor of Music, Health and the Brain

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Department of Music and Performing Arts

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Music therapy

Jörg Fachner is Professor of Music, Health and the Brain. He's a specialist for translational issues of interdisciplinary research topics between medical, humanities and music sciences.

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jorg.fachner@anglia.ac.uk
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Background

For 20 years Jörg has been working as a professional in the field of music therapy research. He's trained as a social scientist, graduated as an educationalist in music therapy, and received his doctoral degree in medical science in 2001 by studying changes of neural correlates of consciousness (EEG) during music perception.

Research interests

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Jörg was trained to use music therapy in special education, specialising in the treatment of adolescents and addiction. As a researcher at the University of Witten/Herdecke in Germany he was involved in sensory, posture and movement research at the Department of Physiology. Later, as Senior Research Fellow at the same university, he established a research service and music therapy online journal at the Chair for Qualitative Research in Medicine. Funded by FP6 of the EU and AOF as a senior researcher at the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research at University of Jyvaskyla in Finland, he focused on music therapy interventions and brain responses on depression and stroke treatment.

Jörg's research interests, publications and scientific memberships focus on:

  • music therapy and its applications in healing cultures, modern medicine and special education
  • Kairological principles of music therapy processes and improvisation
  • music and the reward system in the brain
  • popular music culture and performance.

He has performed and recorded music widely as a guitarist, singer and Saz (Baglama) player.

Areas of research supervision

  • Music, therapy and the brain
  • Music and consciousness states
  • State dependent cognition and recall
  • Music therapy and addiction treatment

Qualifications

  • Dr rerum medicinalium (Doctor of Medical Sciences), Faculty of Medicine, University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany
  • Diplom Pädagoge (Master in Education), Faculty for Education and Biology, University of Dortmund, Germany

Memberships, editorial boards

  • German Association for the Study of Popular Music (GfPM)
  • International Association for Cannabinoid Medicine (founding member)
  • European Collegium for Consciousness Studies

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

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Jörg has served as scientific advisor and board/committee member for several conferences (such as WFMT, ESCOM, ICME, ICMP, ECMT, NCMT), and reviewer for journals and publishers in the field of the music sciences (such as Music Perception, Musicae Scientae, Psychology of Music, Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, Frontiers of Human Neuroscience, Brain Sciences, Complementary Therapies in Medicine, Oxford University Press and Routledge).

Current associate editorship: Dialogues in music therapy and music neuroscience: collaborative understanding driving clinical advances.

Selected recent publications

Fachner, J., 2014. Communicating change - meaningful moments, situated cognition and music therapy - a reply to North (2014). Psychology of Music, 42(6), pp.791-799, doi: 10.1177/0305735614547665.

Fachner, J., Erkkila, J. and Brabant, O., 2014 in revision. On musical identities, social pharmacology and timing in music therapy. In: Hargreaves, D., MacDonald, R. and Miell, D. (Eds.). Musical Identities. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Schäfer, T. and Fachner, J., 2014. Listening to music reduces eye movements. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 1-9, doi: 10.3758/s13414-014-0777-1.

Fachner, J., 2014, submitted. Measuring music and musical responses. In: Wheeler, B. (Ed.). Music Therapy Research. Gilsum: Barcelona Publishers.

Ridder, H.M. and Fachner, J., 2014, submitted. Objectivist case study research. Single-subject and small-n research. In Wheeler, B. (Ed.). Music Therapy Research. Gilsum: Barcelona Publishers.

Fachner, J., Grocke, D., Hunt, A., Forsblom, A., Ala-Ruona, E. and Bonde, L.O., 2014. Music therapy, altered states, and imagery. In: Fachner, J., Kern, P. and Tucek, G. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 14th World Congress of Music Therapy. Music Therapy Today (special issue), 10, pp.246-7). Krems: Chair of Publications of the World Federation of Music Therapy.

Hsu, M.H., Pendry, R., Odell-Miller, H., Fachner, J. and Parker, M., 2014. What a glorious feeling, I'm happy again: music therapy and dementia symptoms. In Fachner, J., Kern, P. and Tucek, G. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 14th World Congress of Music Therapy. Music Therapy Today (special issue) (eBook ed., 10, pp.122-3). Krems: Chair of Publications of the World Federation of Music Therapy.

Fachner, J., 2014. Music therapy and brain research: where are we heading? In: Fachner, J., Kern, P. and Tucek, G. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 14th World Congress of Music Therapy. Music Therapy Today (special issue) (eBook ed., 10, pp.88-9). Krems: Chair of Publications of the World Federation of Music Therapy.

Fachner, J., Kern, P. and Tucek, G., 2014. Editorial for the Proceedings of the 14th World Congress of Music Therapy: Cultural Diversity in Music Therapy, Practice, Research, and Education. In: Fachner, J., Kern, P. and Tucek, G. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 14. World Congress of Music Therapy. Music Therapy Today (special issue), 10, pp.8-9). Krems: Chair of Publications of the World Federation of Music Therapy.

O'Kelly, J., Magee, W., Street, A., Fachner, J., Drake, A., Särkämö, T. and Taylor, D.B., 2014. Music Therapy Advances in Neuro-disability: Innovations in Research and Practice. Summary report on a two-day international conference. Voices - a world forum for music therapy, 12.

Recent presentations and conferences

Fachner, J., 2015. Biomarkers of the music therapy process and effectiveness in psychiatric and neurorehabilitation. Invited keynote presented at Music Therapy Advances in Neuro-disability II: dialogues in neuroscience, research and clinical practice, Royal Hospital for Neurodisability, , 12-13 June 2015.

Fachner, J., 2015. Music therapy in the treatment of addiction (Musikterapi i behandling av drogmissbruk). Invited public lecture presented at the Open Seminar in Music Psychology Series, Department of Psychology, University of Uppsala, Sweden, 22 May 2015.

Fachner, J., 2015. Addiction and reframing of reward processing in music therapy. Invited keynote presented at NORDISK INSPIRASJONS- OG ERFARINGSKONFERANSE: Musikkterapi – forebygging og behandling av rus og psykiske lidelser, University of Bergen, 4-5 May 2015.

Fachner, J., 2015. Neuroscience and Music Therapy Research. Invited paper presented at the workshop Introducing Mobile Brain-Computer Interfaces to Music Research in Musicology, University of Cologne, Germany, 24 April 2015.

Fachner, J., 2015. EEGIM - Neural correlates of consciousness during guided imagery in music. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on Music and Consciousness, University of Oxford, 14-17 April 2015.

Fachner, J., 2015. The future of music therapy research in neuroscience. Invited paper presented at the Seventh Arts and Quality of Life Research Center Conference - Envisioning the Future of Music Therapy, Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 10 April 2015.

Fachner, J., 2015. International perspectives on the art and science of Music Therapy. Invited paper presented at the Music and Neuroscience Symposium, Dubai, World Trade Centre, 19 February 2015.