Areas of Expertise: Music therapy
Indicative thesis title: How can singing, listening playing instruments and movement with music fulfil the needs of the Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) and cognitive needs of people living with dementia?
A spin-off project of the Homeside study, Sarah's research explores how the four musical activities demonstrate they can fulfil BPSD and Cognitive needs for people living with dementia and which of these needs are or are not fulfilled through the Homeside music interventions.
This research suggests a good opportunity to make an impact, determining what musical interventions can fulfil needs of people with dementia and how these needs are fulfilled.
Sarah is a qualified music therapist and accomplished flautist, having played with national ensembles including a performance at Carnegie Hall and completing a BMus at McGill University in Montreal.
Following her MA Music Therapy training at ARU, she worked at Methodist Homes (MHA) as a music therapist and research assistant working with people living with dementia. Sarah has returned to ARU on a Vice Chancellor’s PhD Scholarship Award to work on the Homeside study.