DR Cherry Hense

DR Cherry Hense




  • Dr Cherry Hense is a Registered Music Therapist and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. Cherry completed her PhD in 2015, focusing on musical identities of young people recovering from mental illness. Cherry 's current projects explore new music and music therapy-based programs for young people experiencing mental illness in community settings.   


Member of

  • International Association for Youth Mental Health. Member 2015 - 2017
  • Australian Music Therapy Association. Member 2010 - 2017


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Recent Conference Presentations 2014: World Congress of Music Therapy ‘Playing out Musical Identity’: Recovery Beyond the Mental Health Service Krems, Austria July, 2014
    Recovery-Based approaches to Music Therapy practice and research in mental health: A Forum Coordinator and host for this event ‘A theoretical model of music therapy in young people’s recovery from mental illness’ Conservatorium of Music Katowice, Poland July, 2014
    The International Conference of Music, Therapy, Education. Practice, Science, Art ‘Promoting the growth of young people’s musical identities in recovery from mental illness. Katowice, Poland July, 2014.
    Australian Music Therapy Association National Conference ‘The Youth Music Action Group’: Promoting recovery beyond the therapy room. Brisbane, Aus. August, 2014.
    Orygen Youth Health Professional Development Seminar Acculturating Musical Identity as a process of Recovery Orygen Youth Health Melbourne May, 2014 2013: European Congress of Music Therapy Understanding musical identities through collaborative research with young people recovering from mental illness Oslo, Norway August 2013.
    AMTA National Conference 2013 ‘Calling for an Evolution’: Music therapy bringing research in line with recovery-based mental health care’. Melbourne September, 2013
    2012: AMTA National Conference 2012 ‘Connecting the dots: Musical identity in young people’s recovery from mental illness’.
    Sydney, September, 2012 Symposium of Music Therapy in Mental Health in honour of Denise Grocke. The University of Melbourne ‘Musical Identities of Young People Recovering from Mental Illness’ Melbourne Conservatorium of Music September, 2012   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2015
  • MMThpy, University of Melbourne 2010
  • BMus(Honours), University of Melbourne 2006

Awards and honors

  • Melbourne Engagement Grant Recipient, 2016


Available for supervision

  • Y