Dr. Heidi Ahonen
Professor of Music Therapy; Director of The Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research
Contact InformationEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Academic BackgroundMA (Helsinki), Ph.D. (Joensuu)
Dr. Heidi Ahonen, MTA; Professor, Music Therapy; Director, CIMTR (www.soundeffects.wlu.ca); PhD (Joensuu); MA (Helsinki); psychotherapist & group analyst; professional/clinical memberships: Ontario Society of Psychotherapists, CGPA, AGPA, IAGP, the Group Analytic Society. She has published seven books, 20 book chapters, 30+ scholarly articles. Presented at 40+ conferences, and has supervised 30+ postgraduate research papers and been external examiner of seven doctorate dissertations. As a clinician, Heidi practices music psychotherapy and has developed the group analytic music therapy and supervision models and the psychoauditive method. Heidi has an extensive clinical experience and specializes in working with adults who suffer trauma and burn-out. FULL BIO HERE.
Heidi’s research program currently covers a wide range of qualitative, Group Analytic Music Therapy and Music Psychotherapy research, Low Frequency Sound Wave- research, and early intervention research, for example: “Empathic Disruption in Music Group Psychotherapeutic Setting— Re-traumatizing incident or an important opportunity for a therapeutic experience?” and “Culturally-Based Musical Narration Therapy with Traumatized Refugees.” As a qualitative research supervisor Heidi is specialized on phenomenology, grounded theory, fenomenography, narrative inquiry, and arts based research. Heidi currently teaches group analytic music therapy, music group psychotherapy experiential, music therapy supervision, and qualitative research. Heidi’ s recent book is Group Analytic Music Therapy (2007). Barcelona Publishers. (www.barcelonapublishers.com/agmt.htm)
Recent Scholarly Activity
2009 Almeida, Q., King, L. Ahonen-Eerikainen, H. The Effects of Sound Wave Vibration Therapy on Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. Neurotehabilitation. (In Press.)
2008 Tiidus, P.M, , Markoulakis, R., Murray, D., Pamela J. Bryden, P.J, Ahonen-Eerikäinen, H. Physioacoustic therapy: placebo effect on recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage. Acta Kinesiologiae Universitatis Tartuensis. Vol 13, pp. 117-128.
2007 Ahonen-Eerikainen, H., Rippin, K., Sibille, N., Koch, R., Dawn, D. “ Not bad for an old 85 year old!” —The Qualitative Analysis of the Role of Music, Therapeutic Benefits and Group Therapeutic Factors of the St. Joseph’s Alzheimer’s Adult Day Program Music Therapy Group. Canadian Music Therapy 2, 37-64.
2007 Ahonen-Eerikainen, Heidi. Group Analytic Music Therapy. Gilsum. NH. Barcelona Publishers.
2007 Tiidus, P., Markoulakis, R., Murray, D., Karkainnen, M. & Ahonen-Eerikainen, H.: Physio-Acoustic Therapy and Placebo Effect in Muscle Recovery. Applied Physiology Nutriton & Metabolism. Journal of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, Vol. 33 (supplement), Nov. 2007