A registered psychotherapist and accredited music therapist, I received my PhD in Music Education at Western University in 2019 and my Master of Music Therapy from Laurier in 2007. I have taught and clinically supervised students at Laurier since that time.
I’m thrilled to have recently (2017) accepted the position of Music Therapist-in-Residence, an innovative and new role that connects academic teaching and research with clinical practice and supervision at Homewood Health Centre.
From 2007 – 2012, I was the music therapist at Lutherwood Mental Health Services in Waterloo. Through the support of a Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund Grant, I recently practiced music therapy with children at Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre in London.
From 2012 – 2015 I conducted an inclusive children’s choir in London through “El Sistema Aeolian”. Active as a pianist and soprano as well, I hold an ARCT in piano performance and sing with the Canadian Chamber Choir.
A focus of my research is the interdisciplinary connections between the fields of music therapy and music education. My doctoral research examined musical performance’s affordances as they pertain to identity development and relationships. I am particularly interested in community music therapy and community music, anti-oppressive models of practice, music-centered music therapy in mental health, and students’ experiences of personal growth through musical learning.
I provide clinical supervision for Laurier music therapy students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Teaching, supervising, learning from and collaborating with students at Laurier has been and continues to be incredibly inspiring and fulfilling. It is a true highlight of my work!
Office location: A207
Languages spoken: English
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