Advisory Board

This board consists of the Core Group in addition to Dr. Richard Shusterman, Dr. Eha Rüütel, Dr. Heidi Ahonen, Dr. Lee Bartel, and Dr. Ana Katusic.

Dr. Heidi Ahonen

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.

Dr. Lee Bartel

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.

Dr. Ana Katusic

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.