Music therapy to support family experiences of Huntington’s Disease

February 10, 2022 - by INPA - in News

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Anglia Ruskin University has agreed a fully funded, full-time Vice Chancellor’s PhD Scholarship which will focus on Music therapy to support family experiences of Huntington’s Disease.

The research will be run in collaboration with members of the Independent Neurorehabilitation Providers Alliance (INPA), whose members provide over half of all available beds for people requiring neurorehabilitation, as a result of acquired or traumatic brain injury and long-term neurological conditions including Huntington’s Disease.

The scope of the PhD will include exploring the needs of family caregivers of people with Huntington’s Disease, focussing on communication and its impact on social connection/isolation; developing a music therapy intervention designed to address these needs, with particular attention on supporting the communication function of the person with HD and testing the efficacy of the intervention to evaluate its positive effect on managing the family caregivers’ level of distress and frustration.

Dr Jonathan Pool said “This is a great opportunity for someone wanting to train as a researcher and to address an important area of need for families affected by Huntington’s Disease. The collaboration between Anglia Ruskin University and INPA will provide them with support and opportunities that will make this an interesting and fulfilling experience.”

The Supervisors for the PhD will be Dr Jonathan Pool from Anglia Ruskin University who is also the Research Chair of INPA, Prof Wendy Magee, and Prof Helen Odell-Miller. Full details about the Scholarship and how to apply are available via this link.

The deadline for applications is 27 February 2022 with interviews being held on 31 March 2022.

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