Professor Katrina McFerran

Professor, Music Therapy

Dr Katrina McFerran is a registered music therapist who completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2001 on the topic of Music Therapy with Bereaved Adolescents.

Her research career has been dedicated to examining the therapeutic uses of music with young people across a range of settings including paediatric hospitals, special and mainstream schools, as well as community programs.

This has often involved clinical work and research with young people as they struggle to cope with grief and loss, intellectual, learning and physical disabilities, mental health problems, substance misuse, social encounters and other challenges.

Her research strengths are in qualitative designs, particularly in the use of Action Research, Phenomenology and Grounded Theory however she frequently partners with other researchers to utilise other approaches to evidence-based research. Katrina lectures music therapy students in training as well as coordinating cross-university subjectsMusic and Health, and Music Psychology.

She published her first book in 2010 with Jessica Kingsley Publishers – Adolescents, Music and Music Therapy. She is a prolific publisher in both international and local refereed journals, both within the music therapy discipline and more broadly. She presents regularly at conferences, runs workshops and undertakes consultancies with industry colleagues.

Research interests

Investigating the ways in which teenagers use music as a health resource to foster coping and prevent mental illness.

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