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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Dr Catherine Carr, PhD PGDip Music Therapy, Music Imagery Therapist

Research Fellow

Telephone: 020 7540 4380 (2315)


Catherine initially studied Music Technology at the University of York, before training as a music therapist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her first study was a pilot randomised controlled trial of group music therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder. she then undertook an NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship at Queen Mary University of London which focused upon modelling of processes and outcomes of intensive group music therapy for acute adult psychiatric inpatients. Since then, Catherine has completed a number of studies funded by an NIHR Clinical Lectureship and a further study on group songwriting for chronic depression (SYNCHRONY study), funded by NIHR Research for Patient Benefit. These studies have developed concepts of group music therapy for different clinical environments and populations. In 2019, she completed an NIHR Clinical Trials Fellowship and is now leading a multicentre trial, funded by the NIHR HTA programme in collaboration with East London NHS Foundation Trust.


Catherine continues to work as a music therapist in the NHS and is currently a music therapist in Mental Health Care for Older People’s services in East London NHS Foundation Trust, where she provides group and individual music therapy, alongside staff psychological supervision. Catherine is currently training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery in Music and has completed training in Music Imagery methods.


Lecturer and Research Supervisor, MA in Music Therapy, Guildhall School of Music and Drama.


Research Interests:

Catherine’s research focuses upon evaluating processes and outcomes in music therapy through mixed methods, process evaluation and randomised controlled trials. She is currently Chief Investigator on the NIHR HTA funded ERA trial testing the effectiveness of group art, dance movement and music therapy for patients with mixed diagnoses in community mental health care. Catherine is a music therapist in East London NHS Foundation Trust and a lecturer and research supervisor of MA in Music Therapy students. She is a founding member of the Alliance for Recovery Research in Music Therapy (ARRIMT)- an international platform for music therapy research- and serves on a number of committees including the Council for Allied Health Professions Research (CAHPR) Strategy Committee and the Music Therapy Charity Research Committee.


Research Group Members: 

Leoni Koutsou – ERA Trial Manager

Emma Medlicott – ERA Research Assistant

Lauren Hounsell – ERA Research Assistant

Jessica Cardona – ERA Research Assistant

Dora Kukuckska – ERA Research Assistant

Charlotte Procter – ERA Research Assistant

Teleri Dyer – ERA Research Assistant 

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PhD Students:

Emma Windle

Nicola Power

Mariana Pinto da Costa



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