Jodie Bloska

Clinical Research Fellow

Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Music therapy

Jodie is a Clinical Research Fellow at the Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research. She is also a qualified music therapist, with experience of working with adults with neurodisabilities and dementia.


Jodie is currently a researcher on the international research project, Homeside, a randomised controlled trial (RCT) exploring home-based music and reading interventionists for people with dementia and their family caregivers.

Jodie studied music cognition and psychology at McMaster University in Canada before completing her music therapy training at Anglia Ruskin University in 2015. Since qualifying, she has worked as a music therapist with people living with dementia and with adults in neuro-rehabilitation.

Research interests

  • Music therapy
  • Dementia
  • Neurodisability
  • Music and the brain


  • Principles of Music Therapy


  • MA Music Therapy, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Honours Bachelor of Music in Music Cognition, McMaster University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Registered Music Therapist, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Member, British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT)

Selected recent publications

Baker, F. A., Bloska, J., Braat, S., Bukowska, A., Clark, I., Hsu, M. H., Kvamme, T., Lautenschlager, N., Lee, Y. C., Smrokowska-Reichmann, A., Sousa, T. V., Stensaeth, K. A., Tamplin, J., Wosch, T. and Odell-Miller, H., 2019. HOMESIDE: Home-based family caregiver-delivered music and reading interventions for people living with dementia: protocol of a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open 9 (11), pp.1-11.

Odell-Miller, H., Bloska, J., Browning, C. and Hannibal, N. (2019). Process and experience of change in the self-perception of women prisoners attending music therapy: the qualitative results of a mixed-methods exploratory study. Approaches: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Music Therapy.

Media experience

  • Our dementia choir with Vicky McClure, BBC One, May 2019
  • News Report on Music Therapy in Neurorehabilitation, BBC Look East, May 2019