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Cambridge Institute for
Music Therapy Research

We are a world-class, interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to advancing the understanding of music therapy and its ability to affect positive change on health and human wellbeing.


Our research

  • Older people, dementia and stroke

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    Older people, dementia and stroke

    Investigating the effects of music therapy intervention for children and adults in neurorehabilitation after brain injury, and for people with dementia.

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  • Mental health

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    Mental health

    Breakthrough research on the influence of music therapy practice for young people and adults with a range of emotional challenges and mental illness.

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  • Music and the brain

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    Music and the brain

    Neuroscientific research inquiry into the impact of music therapy on cognition processes, emotion, memory and brain development.

    Read about music and the brain research

  • Autism spectrum disorder

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    Autism spectrum disorder

    Exploring the clinical value of music-focused approaches to working with children with autism spectrum disorder and their families.

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Opportunities with CIMTR

Become a donor

The Music Therapy Research Appeal

Study music therapy

MA and PhD


Take part in dementia research

Music Therapy Clinic

Expand your practice

Co-designed research

Joint research partnerships

Our partners