Main Researchers

Helen Odell-Miller Untitled Page

Professor Helen Odell-Miller's work as a clinician and researcher focuses on the field of Adult Mental Health, and her research areas include Music Therapy and Dementia, Music Therapy and Links with Diagnosis in Adult Mental Health, Music Therapy and Personality Disorders, Arts Therapies and Mental Health, Supervision in Music Therapy. She is an Advisor to the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT), and a founder of the European Music Therapy Council. Until Sept 2006 she was Research Lead for the Allied Health Professions in The Cambridge and Peterborough Mental Health NHS Trust, and a Clinical Research specialist there. She was also a member of the Nuffield working group on the Arts Therapies and the Arts for Health Agenda, and author of the Scoping paper 'Artists and Arts Therapists' which was used to advise the government on these areas. She is currently advising The Royal College of Psychiatrists on developing music therapy education for Psychiatrists. In the 2015 New Year's Honours she was awarded an OBE for services to music therapy.

Professor Tony Wigram 1953 - 2011
For Professor Wigram's biographical details please see his obituary in the news pages.

Amelia Oldfield

Dr Amelia Oldfield's empirical research centres upon Learning Disabilities, Child Development and Child and Family Psychiatry. From 2001-3 she was Music Therapy Research Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University, investigating music therapy with children with autistic spectrum disorder. This was a three-year research project funded by the Music Therapy Charity. The work from that project resulted in two sole-authored books published in 2006. She is an Advisor to the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT), and an International expert in research, invited to the Berlin Symposium in August 2007, for example which is the leading research symposium in the world for music therapy. Amelia's work is also known and referred to by other professional groups such as psychiatrists and clinical psychologists, as reflected in the CRASH International symposium on Music Therapy and Autism which she led in conjunction with Cambridge University in May 2006.

Eleanor Richards

Eleanor Richards has a particular interest in Attachment Theory, Psychoanalysis and Music Therapy. She has published widely and presented papers at international conferences. She is co-editor (with Alison Davies) of Music Therapy and Groupwork (2002), co-editor (with Helen Odell-Miller) of Music Therapy Supervision (2008), and co-author, with Alison Davies and Nick Barwick, of Group Music Therapy and Group Analysis (2014). Her current research, taking place within the Cambridge Theological Federation, is into the relationship between Zen practice and psychoanalytically informed therapy practice. Since 2009 she has been regularly involved with the development of music therapy training and practice in India. She is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice.

Helen Loth

Helen Loth has specialised in aspects of music therapy in the adult mental health settings of Forensic Psychiatry and in Eating Disorders, and in work with young children who have learning disabilities and their families. She has contributed several book chapters and journal articles on these subjects and presents widely at across Europe and internationally. Her research projects include a study of the assessment criteria for music therapy training applicants, the relationship between verbal therapy and music therapy, and the therapeutic aspects of Indonesian gamelan music and playing. She has a particular research interest and expertise in the use of multicultural music in music therapy and cultural influences in music therapy practice and training. She is currently looking at how the music and instruments of different cultures can be used in music therapy practice in different settings.

Jorg Fachner

Jörg Fachner is Professor of Music, Health and the Brain and holds a PhD in Medicine. He was trained as an educationalist and social scientist, utilizing music therapy in special education, targeting deviant 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.

His research interests, publications and scientific memberships focus on 1) music therapy and its applications in healing cultures, modern medicine and special education; 2) music and the reward system in the brain; 3) popular music culture and performance.