Astrid Heine

PhD Researcher

Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

School:Cambridge School of Creative Industries

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Music therapy

Indicative thesis title: Dyadic interaction and meaningful moments in personalised music therapy in neuro rehabilitation.


Supervisory team: Prof Jörg Fachner (1st), Dr Clemens Maidhof (2nd), Prof Gerhard Tucek (3rd)

Astrid completed her Bachelors and Masters degree in music therapy at IMC University of Applied Sciences in Krems. As music therapist and researcher she was working in neurorehabilitation and examined changes in brain activity and behaviour in patients with unresponsive wakefulness syndrome (UWS).

Currently, she is working in the Josef Ressel Centre (JRC) at IMC University Krems (Austria), dealing with interactional processes during moments of interest in music therapy with people after stroke.

While JRC concentrates on physiological data analysis (EEG) and methodological reflection, Astrid puts her focus on the analysis of content and qualia of music therapy sessions based on multimodal interaction analysis and qualitative information from the interviews.

Research interests

  • Interactional processes in music therapy
  • Therapeutic relationship
  • Music therapy in neurorehabilitation
  • (Micro) video analysis
  • (Neuro)physiological correlates of music therapy


Bachelor and Master Degree of Music Therapy at IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems (Austria)

Selected recent publications

Seinhoff, N., Heine, A. M.. Vogl, J., Weiss, K., Aschraf, A., Hajek, P., Schnider, P., Tucek, G., 2015. A pilot study into the effects of music therapy on different areas of the brain of individuals with unresponsive wakefulness syndrome. Front. Neurosci., 9:291.

Vogl, J., Heine, A. M., Steinhoff, N., Weiss, K., Tucek, G., 2015, Neuroscientific and neuroanthropological perspective in music therapy research and practice with patients with disorders of consciousness. Front. Neurosci., 9:273.