Music Therapy (MA), Immunology (PhD)
I am a native of Co. Clare, an active Irish traditional fiddle player (Discography), and multiple All-Ireland fiddle champion, who graduated with a Masters degree in Music therapy at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
Prior to becoming a music therapist, I pursued a post-doctorate research career as a virologist with many critically acclaimed publications following successful international collaborations. While this career was intellectually fulfilling I had an inner wish to use my musical skills to work with people in a caring profession that could enhance their social and emotional well-being. I found that music therapy offered me the chance to do so, where people can be encouraged and inspired to self-express through the creative use of music thereby empowering their social, emotional and mental well-being.
I have more than 10 years’ experience as a music thepraist in a variety of settings. My current roles include
- Music therapist at Foyle Down Syndrome Trust, Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
- Feelance work in the fields of autism, dementia and neurologic music therapy.
- Guest lecturer at Marino Instutite of Education, Dublin.
I have also lectured and supervised on the MA music therapy training course, University of Limerick.
I devoted 4 years of my music therapy career to private practice in the area of autism in the homeplace and my findings are documented in a book I co-edited titled ‘Music Therapy and Autism Across the Lifespan’ 2019, JKP, London.
I am enthusiastic and committed towards opening avenues for young people and teenagers to self-express through connective music making in the community and I am a project leader for a number of cross-community music projects. These include the annual ‘All-Access Trad’ Project for IMBOLC, Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Derry/Londonderry, Foundation Level Classes at Scoil Éigse, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Dublin and the Leinster Fleadh Inclusive workshops.