Paul Fernie

PhD Researcher

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

Indicative thesis title: Utilising music production technology in music therapy sessions and in the analysis of musical interactions.


Supervisory team: Prof Jörg Fachner (1st), Dr Clemens Maidhof (2nd), Dr William Campbell (3rd)

Having always been fascinated by music and music production technology, when Paul returned to education in 2013 he chose to make music production technology the focus of his studies. While studying for my BA he became increasingly interested in how music production technology is utilised in music therapy.

Having now completed his MA Music therapy, it is Paul’s hope that his research can build upon our existing knowledge of music production technology in music therapy.

Research interests

  • Music production technology in music therapy
  • Understanding musical cues and mechanisms in moments of memory recall
  • Analysis of the musical content from music therapy
  • Neural synchronicity between therapist and participant during music therapy sessions
  • Understanding memory recall as experienced by individuals receiving treatment for substance misuse


  • MA Music Therapy
  • BA Music Production and Sound Engineering

Selected recent publications

Guest post: My first session as a student music therapist: 'The Imposter Within', Music Therapy Blog.