This board consists of the Core Group in addition to PhD Heidi Ahonen, PhD Lee Bartel, PhD Ana Katusic, PhD Richard Shusterman, and PhD Eha Rüütel,
Heidi has been a Professor of Music Therapy at Wilfred Laurier University (CAN) since 2001 and director of the Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research since 2003. She has worked in the North Karelia Polytechnic in Finland and established their music therapy programme there. She also trained music therapists at the Sibelius Academy, Finland, and psychotherapists at the Finnish Mental Health Association, Psychotherapy Institute. Heidi has lectured and conducted experimental workshops in the health care community and various universities both in Europe and North America. Her research interests include group analytic music therapy, clinical improvisation, and evidence-based Music Medicine research, i.e. low-frequency sound wave research.
Lee is Professor of Music and Associate Dean of Research at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and Acting Director of the Music and Health Research Collaboratory. He teaches at the graduate level in Research Methods, Music and the Brain, Evaluation, and Social Psychology of Music. He has extensive experience as a music teacher at elementary and high school levels and as a performing choral conductor, singer, violinist, and guitarist.
Ana received her Bachelor and Master in Education and Rehabilitation Sciences and her PhD in Neuroscience at the Croatian Institute for Brain Research from the University of Zagreb. Currently she works in the day care Centre for Rehabilitation with neurologically challenged young infants and children. Her special interest lies in vibroacoustic therapy (VAT) and neurological music therapy (NMT) in sensorimotor rehabilitation and visual attention. She is intensively involved in studying the effects of VAT on motor performance and oculomotor control.
Richard Shusterman is the Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Humanities at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and director of the FAU Center for Body, Mind, and Culture. He was educated at Jerusalem and Oxford and was chair of the Temple University Philosophy Department before coming to FAU in 2005. He has held academic appointments in Paris, Berlin, and Hiroshima, and was awarded senior research Fulbright and NEH fellowships. His widely translated works cover topics in the human and social sciences with particular emphasis on questions of philosophy, aesthetics, culture, language, identity, and embodiment and he has authored several books including T.S. Eliot and the Philosophy of Criticism (Columbia), Practicing Philosophy (Routledge), Performing Live (Cornell), Surface and Depth (Cornell), Pragmatist Aesthetics (Blackwell, 2nd ed. Rowman & Littlefield, and translated into 12 languages), and most recently Body Consciousness (Cambridge). His non-technical essays have been published in the Nation and the Chronicle of Higher Education and in various art reviews and catalogues, such as artpress and Dokumenta.
Eha has a PhD in Psychology and is professor of Creative Arts Therapies at Tallinn University, Estonia. In addition to serving on several boards (incl. The Board of the school of Natural Sciences and Health at TU; Representative of Tallinn University in ECArTE [European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education]) and being the former editor of the scientific journal Res Artis of the Institute of Fine Arts of Tallinn University, her research focus lies in Culture and Society, Psychology, Body image and dissatisfaction, therapeutic use of arts, and relationship between health and artistic and creative activities among others.