Dr Jonathan W Pool

Senior Research Fellow

Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Cambridge School of Creative Industries

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Music therapy

Research Supervision:Yes

Courses taught: Music Therapy

Jonathan specialises in music therapy research with people of all ages with neurological problems and disorders of consciousness. He is dedicated to developing music therapy assessment and intervention through research.

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Email: jonathan.pool1@aru.ac.uk

Background

Jonathan is a music therapist, clinical supervisor and researcher specialising in neurorehabilitation. He trained as a music therapist and then as a researcher at Anglia Ruskin University. He was awarded his PhD in 2013 for his research in brief group music therapy for cognitive functional gains and emotional needs of adult brain injury survivors.

Jonathan's clinical work includes developing interdisciplinary interventions for people with acquired brain injury and their families. As a researcher, he is dedicated to developing evidence on the use of music and music therapy in assessment and intervention for people affected by neurological impairments and diseases.

Research interests

  • Music therapy and neurological disorders
  • Music therapy in neurorehabilitation
  • Disorders of Consciousness
  • Music therapy and cognitive neurorehabilitation
  • Mixed methods research and health
  • Music Therapy research with small samples

Areas of research supervision

  • Music therapy
  • Music in neurorehabilitation
  • Music therapy in dementia
  • Mixed methods research
  • Research with small samples
  • Dr Pool is currently on three supervisory teams for PhD students undertaking research in music therapy for people with dementia and music therapy for very young children with acquired brain injury.

Teaching

Guest lecturer for the modules Introduction to Music Therapy and Postgraduate Training in Music Therapy, and for research skills in clinical practice.

Qualifications

  • PhD Music Therapy, Anglia Ruskin University
  • MA Music Therapy, Anglia Ruskin University
  • BA (Hons) Creative Music and Technology, Brunel University
  • HND Physics, University of Portsmouth

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member, British Association of Music Therapists
  • Member, Health and Care Professions Council
  • Member, Society of Research in Rehabilitation
  • Research Chair, Independent Neurorehabilitation Providers Alliance
  • Member, International Music Therapy Assessment Consortium

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Co-Chief Investigator, GRAMMY Museum Grant Program, 2021, $20,000
  • Chief Investigator, Private Physiotherapy Educational Foundation, 2018, £10,788
  • Chief Investigator, The Music Therapy Charity, 2018, £1,500
  • Chief Investigator, The Hospital Saturday Fund, £2000

Selected recent publications

Baker, F., A., PhD, Pool, J., W., PhD, Johansson, K, PhD, Wosch, T., PhD, Bukowska, A., A., PhD, Kulis, A., PhD, Blauth, L., PhD, Stensæth, K., PhD, Clark, I., N., PhD, Odell-Miller, H., PhD, 2021. Strategies for Recruiting People With Dementia to Music Therapy Studies: Systematic Review. Journal of Music Therapy, thab010. doi:10.1093/jmt/thab010

Pool, J. W., Siegert, R. J., Taylor, S., Dunford, C., & Magee, W., 2020. Evaluating the validity, reliability and clinical utility of the Music therapy Sensory Instrument for Cognition, Consciousness and Awareness (MuSICCA): Protocol of a validation study. BMJ open, 10(8), e039713.

Pool, J., and Magee, W.L., 2016. Music in the treatment of children and youth with prolonged disorders of consciousness. Front. Psychol., 7:202. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00202.

Pool, J., 2013. Brief group music therapy for acquired brain injury: cognition and emotional needs. (Doctoral thesis.) Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Oldfield, A., Bell, K., and Pool, J., 2012. Three families and three music therapists: Reflections on short-term music therapy in child and family psychiatry. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 21(3), pp250-267.

Pool, J. and Odell-Miller H., 2011. Aggression in music therapy and its role in creativity with reference to personality disorder. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 38(3), pp169-177.

Recent presentations and conferences

Odell-Miller, H., Hsu, M. H., Pool, J., Bloska, J., Crabtree, S., and Wollersberger, N., 2021. Homeside: Partnership in homebased dementia care, and research (roundtable presentation). The fourth BAMT conference: Open Ground: Music Therapy in Collaboration & Exchange, 9-11 April 2021, London.

Fever, J., Pool, J., Jenkins, M., Wood, C., Nightingale, E., Thomas, D., and Cox, L., 2021. Use of music therapy and neurologic music therapy approaches in IDT teams to contribute towards functional, psychological and social goals (roundtable presentation). The fourth BAMT conference: Open Ground: Music Therapy in Collaboration & Exchange, 9-11 April 2021, London.

Pool, J., Magee, W., Odell-Miller, H., Hsu, M. H., and Gattino, G., 2021. International efforts in developing music therapy research: a roundtable discussion (roundtable presentation). The fourth BAMT conference: Open Ground: Music Therapy in Collaboration & Exchange, 9-11 April 2021, London.

Pool, J., and Magee, W., 2021. The Constellation of Investigators: Multi-level, multifaceted collaboration and exchange to develop a music therapy tool for children with disorders of consciousness (oral presentation). The fourth BAMT conference: Open Ground: Music Therapy in Collaboration & Exchange, 9-11 April 2021, London.

Pool, J., Siegert, R., Taylor, S., and Magee, W.L., 2018. Novel Approaches in the Evaluation and Treatment of Children with Disorders of Consciousness: Music in Evaluation and Treatment (oral presentation). The Third International Conference on Paediatric Acquired Brain injury, 26-28 September 2018, Belfast.

Magee, W.L., Pool, J. Siegert, R., Taylor, S. and Dunford, C., 2018. The MuSICCA: A New Sensory Assessment and Measure for Children and Adolescents. In programme, Pediatric Medical Creative Arts Therapy Conference, 20-21 April 2018, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia.

Pool, J. and Magee, W.L., 2018. Development Of The Music Therapy Sensory Intervention For Childhood Awareness (MuSICA) (poster presentation). In programme, British Association for Music Therapy BAMT Conference, 16-18 February 2018, London.

Carroll, L., Jim, J. and Pool, J., 2018. Retrain My Brain: the development of a cognitive rehabilitation pathway for children and young people with acquired brain injury (poster presentation). In programme, British Paediatric Neurology Association, 3-5 January 2018, London.

Pool, J., 2016. Brief group music therapy for acquired brain injury: cognition and emotional needs (oral presentation). In programme, 9th World Congress for Neurorehabilitation, 10-13 May 2016, Philadelphia.

Pool, J., Johnson, M., Gill-Thwaites, H. Magee, W.L., and Dunford, C., 2016. Detecting awareness in prolonged disorders of consciousness: adapting adult measures for use with children and youth (poster presentation). In programme, 9th World Congress for Neurorehabilitation, 10-13 May 2016, Philadelphia.

Pool, J., Wood, C., Hitchen, J., and Twomey, T., 2016. Essential music therapy in paediatric neurorehabilitation (oral presentation). In programme, British Association for Music Therapy, Second BAMT Conference, 8-10 April 2016, Glasgow.

Pool, J., 2016. Brief group music therapy for acquired brain injury (poster presentation). In programme, British Association for Music Therapy, Second BAMT Conference, 8-10 April 2016, Glasgow.

Pool, J., Johnson, M., Magee, W.L., and Gill-Thwaites, H., 2016. Developing awareness measures for working with children and youth with prolonged disorders of consciousness (poster presentation). In programme, British Association for Music Therapy, Second BAMT Conference, 8-10 April 2018, Glasgow.

Pool, J., Johnson, M., Magee, W.L., and Gill-Thwaites, H., 2016. Detecting awareness in prolonged disorders of consciousness: Adapting adult measures for use with children and youth (poster presentation). In programme, The Society for Research in Rehabilitation, 2 February 2016, London.

Pool, J., Johnson, M., Magee, W.L., and Gill-Thwaites, H., 2015. Awareness measures for working with children and youth with disorders of consciousness (poster presentation). In programme, International Paediatric Brain Injury Society, The First International Conference on Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury, 16-18 September 2015, Liverpool.

Pool, J., 2013. Musical attention and memory training as a primer for learning and engagement in songwriting for rehabilitation (oral presentation). EBRAMUS meeting, Music in the rehabilitation of patients with memory and learning deficits, 17-18 January 2013, Lille.

Pool, J., 2012. Brief music therapy for acquired brain injury: cognition and emotion (poster presentation). In programme, International Brain Injury Association, Ninth World Congress in Brain Injury, 21-25 March 2012, Edinburgh.

Pool, J., 2011. Time-limited music therapy to address cognitive functional gains and emotional needs of people with acquired brain injury. In B. Choi and Y. Kim (Eds.), Programme and Abstracts, 13th World Congress of Music Therapy, Music Therapy in Eastern and Western Philosophy, 5-9 July 2011, Seoul, (p34), World Federation of Music Therapy. (Oral presentation.)

Media experience

National and local radio, including:

  • Radio Cambridge in 2020 regarding music therapy for acquired brain injury