Therapeutic songwriting, neurodisability, and identity

  • Rickard, Nikki (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Baker, Felicity A. (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Ponsford, Jennie (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • MacDonald, Raymond (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Tamplin, Jeanette (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Thousands of Australians present with fractured identities following acquired spinal or brain injuries which can diminish
their capacity to participate in and contribute to society. This project aims to investigate the effect of a song writing
intervention on reconstruction of a meaningful integrated identity and psychological wellbeing post-injury. It aims to
construct a model of mechanisms of change, identify factors influencing change and explore the role of musical identity
in the process of identity reconstruction. It is expected that the findings will show evidence that song writing can enhance
wellbeing, improve self-concept, and increase social and economic participation in society.
Effective start/end date1/01/1531/12/17


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD8,055.00