Biography & Research:
Assistant Professor, Music and Health Research Collaboratory, University of Toronto; Instructor and Supervisor, Wilfrid Laurier University; Academic Coordinator and Instructor Interdisciplinary Studies, Ryerson Chang School; Music Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist. Amy has extensive clinical experience working with clients at end-of-life, AD and dementia. She has multiple peer reviewed publications, including her 2016 book: “Voices of the Dying and Bereaved,” and has given over 100 conference and/or invited academic presentations. Amy is Past-President of the World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT), and Managing Editor of the Music and Medicine journal. She serves on the editorial review boards for 9 International journals.
My main areas of research include:
1. Use of music therapy and expressive arts in support of healthy aging, mental health and wellbeing across the lifespan including palliation;
2. Improving health (e.g. promoting sleep and relaxation, reducing pain) and healthcare environments through music, technology, product & program development; and
3. Improving the quality of professional education through program evaluation, ethics review and clinical supervision.
My past research has explored the application of music and music therapy techniques in alleviating emotional distress (e.g. anxiety, grief, pain and relationship completion in palliative care and rehabilitation). I have also studied the application of music, singing and electronic music technologies toward new product and program development (e.g. Guidelines for implementing choirs for persons with dementia). Recent studies included: Rhythmic Sensory Stimulation and AD, Singing for Health and Wellness for persons with Dementia, Impact of Chamber Music Concerts for Older Adults and the Use of Voice in Palliative Care Music Therapy. At present I am researching: The use of music to reduce falls in persons with AD and Internship Experiences of Undergraduate Music Therapy Students.