Meet the researchers

One person reading a book and another person playing guitar; wording 'Homeside - partnership in dementia care' underneath

Homeside is an international research project, led in the UK by Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research. Meet our team.

The UK team

Professor Helen Odell-Miller

Helen Odell-Miller OBE, Professor of Music Therapy
Helen is a clinician, researcher and teacher, who supervises music therapy PhD students at Anglia Ruskin University. She is Director of Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research and the Principal Investigator for Homeside UK.

Dr Ming Hung Hsu

Dr Ming Hsu, Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Ming is Chief Music Therapist at Methodist Homes Association (MHA), where he is developing an award-winning, national music therapy service in care homes. Having completed his PhD at Anglia Ruskin University, Ming has now joined us as clinical trial manager for Homeside UK.

Dr Jonathan Pool

Dr Jonathan Pool, Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Jonathan is a music therapist and researcher specialising in neurorehabilitation. He's dedicated to developing our knowledge of the use of music and music therapy in assessment and intervention for people affected by neurological impairments and diseases. Alongside Ming, Jonathan is clinical trial manager for Homeside UK.

Jodie Bloska

Jodie Bloska, Clinical Research Fellow
Jodie studied music cognition and psychology at McMaster University in Canada, before completing her music therapy training at Anglia Ruskin University in 2015. Her clinical expertise lies in the areas of adults with neurodisabilities and dementia. Jodie is working as a research assistant and delivering the music intervention training for Homeside UK.

Sarah Crabtree

Sarah Crabtree, Vice Chancellor’s PhD scholar
Sarah is a qualified music therapist and accomplished flautist who's played with national ensembles. She is a research assistant at Methodist Homes Association, while also studying for a PhD at Anglia Ruskin University. Homeside will form part of Sarah's PhD research. Sarah is delivering the music intervention training for Homeside UK.

Nina Wollersberger

Nina Wollersberger, Vice Chancellor’s PhD scholar
Nina is a qualified music therapist and PhD student. She worked with NHS Lothian in dementia care and child and adolescent mental health services before moving to India to develop music therapy services in Delhi. Nina is investigating caregivers' quality of life for her PhD research. She's also delivering the music intervention training for Homeside UK.

Caroline Bone

Caroline Bone, Occupational Therapist
Caroline has been an occupational therapist for more than 20 years, working with adults with mental and physical health issues. During this time she has enjoyed working alongside carers and is keen to be involved in this research project, which aims to find better ways to support caregivers. Caroline is delivering the reading intervention training for Homeside UK.

Dawn Arthur

Dawn Arthur (Specialist Occupational Therapist)
Dawn has been qualified for over ten years and has experience in working in acute hospitals, rehabilitation and neurological rehabilitation. Over the past five years she's been supporting people living with dementia and their caregivers in the community. Dawn now has her own independent practice and is excited to be part of this important research project which aims to improve quality of life and well-being. She is delivering the reading intervention training for Homeside UK.

Homeside around the world

Research is also taking place in Australia, Germany, Poland and Norway. It's being carried out by the following institutions:

  • The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt, Germany
  • Norwegian Academy of Music, Norway
  • University of Physical Education Krakow, Poland.