Professor Katrina Skewes McFerran is an international expert on the topic of music, music therapy and adolescents. She has undertaken a range of studies investigating healthy and unhealthy uses of music with and by young people, preferring participatory approaches with an emphasis on reflexive, qualitative investigations.
She has also contributed to the development of an assessment tool for increasing young people's conscious and intentional uses of music. Her music therapy research spans school, community and hospital based practices with young people incorporating a range of music strategies such as song writing, improvisation, performances and music sharing. She is committed to building healthy music cultures in schools that promote wellbeing and connectedness, as well as providing direct therapy services for young people who wish to work towards personal and interpersonal change and growth.
Professor McFerran has published her research in international and interdisciplinary refereed journals and has contributed numerous case studies and practice reflections to edited books, as well as sole authoring her first text on ‘Adolescents, Music and Music Therapy' in 2010 (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) and her second on 'Building Music Cultures in Schools' in 2014 (Barcelona Publications). She is also an Editor of VOICES: A world forum for music therapy www.voices.no and sits on Editorial Boards of the Australian and Nordic Journals of Music Therapy, as well as Music Therapy Today, and Social Work with Groups.
Professor McFerran is Head of the Masters in Music Therapy by Coursework program and Director of the National Music Therapy Research Unit where she supervises a range of projects exploring music and youth. She is currently Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of the VCA&MCM, and Associate Director (Research) at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Katrina is a member of the Research Higher Degrees Committee and the Committee of Associate Deans Resarch, and has been Associate Dean in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, as well as being an executive member of the Graduate Research Scholarships Committee.
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A Qualitative Exploration Of Perceptions And Experiences Of A Resource-Oriented Music Ther..
Parents’ musical engagement with their baby in the neonatal unit to support emerging paren..
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"Music As Bridge Between Strengths And Difficulties: Preventing Mental Ill-Health Through Early Identification And Early Intervention In Adolescence"
The World Health Organisation and the Australian Government both predict an alarming rise in chronic mental health problems. In this study, ..
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Whose choice? Exploring multiple perspectives on music therapy access under the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Juyoung Lee, Kate Teggelove, Jeanette Tamplin, Grace Thompson, Melissa Murphy, Katrina McFerran
Journal article | 2018 | Australian Journal of Music Therapy
In plain language This research study investigates how different stakeholders perceived access to music therapy under the Nationa..
Music Therapy and the NDIS: Understanding music therapy as a reasonable and necessary support service for people with disability
Katrina Skewes McFerran, Jeanette Tamplin, Grace Thompson, Juyong Lee, Melissa Murphy, Kate Teggelove
Report | 2016
This document results from the findings of a small scoping study conducted to develop a better understanding of the needs, perspec..
The impact of fostering relationships through music within a special school classroom for students with autism spectrum disorder: an action research study
KS McFerran, G Thompson, L Bolger
Journal article | 2015 | Educational Action Research
Educational Action Research Music therapists have been working in special education contexts for many decades, utilising research ..
Präventive Gruppenmusiktherapie-Programme in Schulen: Umgang mit Gewalt und Förderung eines friedlichen Miteinanders (Preventative group music therapy programs in schools: Promoting being peace together and addressing violence)
K MCFERRAN, A Woelfl
Journal article | 2015 | German Music Therapy Review
Music, Violence and Music Therapy with Young People in Schools: A Position Paper
Katrina Skewes McFerran, Andreas Wölfl
Journal article | Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy
Music therapists have rarely involved themselves in the discourse linking music and violence. Instead, representatives of the pro..
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Professor In Music Therapy
Melbourne Conservatorium Of Music
Registered Music Therapist
Australian Music Therapy Association
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Music with Honours
University of Melbourne