DR Jeanette Tamplin

DR Jeanette Tamplin


  • Music therapy (neurorehabilitation, communication disorders, therapeutic singing, songwriting)



  • Dr Jeanette Tamplin PhD, M.Mus, B.Mus (Hons), RMT, holds an NHRMC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship at the University of Melbourne and works as a music therapist at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre - Austin Health and Epworth Hospital. Jeanette is a registered music therapist and researcher specialising in neurorehabilitation for people neurological injuries or conditions (incluing traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, Parkinson's, and dementia). Jeanette has 20 years clinical experience working as a music therapist in neurorehabilitation and her research in this area focuses on the therapeutic effects of singing, speech and language rehabilitation, therapeutic songwriting, and coping and adjustment following traumatic injury or illness. In addition to conducting research, she supervises PhD students, and serves on the MCM Ethics committee and on the Australian Music Therapy Association Board as National Treasurer. Jeanette presents her work regularly at national and international conferences and publishes in international and interdisciplinary refereed journals. She has been invited to contribute chapters to several edited books on music therapy and has also co-authored a book on ‘Music Therapy Methods in Neurorehabilitation: A Clinician’s Manual’ (Jessica Kingsley Publishers).



Member of

  • Australian Music Therapy Association. Registered Music Therapist 1999 - 2013


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research Grant ($1,014,430) (2018-2020)
    NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship ($569,698) (2016-2020)
    Melbourne Networked Society Institute - Seed Grant ($55,900) (2015-2016)
    ARC Discovery Project Grant - CI ($371,940) (2015-2017)
    MCM Hanson Dyer Bequest ($14,962) (2015)
    Melbourne Engagement Initiative Grant ($9,600) (2015)
    Bethlehem Calvary Health Care Strategic Research Grant ($51,028) (2014)
    University of Melbourne – Early Career Researcher Grant ($24,594) (2013)
    University of Melbourne - Faculty Small Grants Scheme ($2,695) (2013)
    University of Melbourne – Faculty of Music Student Bursary ($7,000) (2011)
    Rob Pierce Memorial Award – research excellence in respiratory and sleep medicine – Austin Lifesciences Research Week (2011) ($1,000)
    Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship (2010) ($1,400)
    Conference and Creative Research Activity Fund for Students (2010) ($2,000)
    Helen McPherson Smith Trust – ‘Stroke A Chord’ research grant (2009) ($15,000)
    Melbourne Research Scholarship (2008-2010) ($19,425)
    Victorian Neurotrauma Initiative research grant (2008-2010) ($307,129)
    University of Melbourne research grant (2007) ($10,000)
    Australian Postgraduate Award (2005) ($18,837)
    William Buckland Foundation & Perpetual Trustees Music Therapy Program grant (2003) ($109, 625)   


Education and training

  • PHD, University of Melbourne 2012
  • MMUS, University of Melbourne 2006
  • BMUS (hons), University of Melbourne 1998

Awards and honors

  • Ruth Bright Award, Australian Music Therapy Association, 2016
  • Early Career Clinician Researcher Award – Allied Health, Biomedical Research Victoria, 2016
  • Chancellor's Prize for Excellence in the PhD Thesis, University of Melbourne, 2013
  • Rob Pierce Memorial Award, Austin Health, 2011
  • Melbourne Research Scholarship, University of Melbourne, 2008
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, University of Melbourne, 2005


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Jeanette's research interests and expertise specific to music therapy include: neurorehabilitation, singing and voicework, speech and communication, respiratory function, songwriting, and choirs.