Carter Smith

Vice Chancellor's PhD Student

Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Cambridge School of Creative Industries

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Psychology

Indicative thesis title: Using relaxing music to reduce psychological and physiological stress.


Supervisory team: Dr Matt Bristow (1st), Dr Eimear Lee (2nd), Prof Helen Odell-Miller (3rd), Dr Clemens Maidhof (Advisor)

Carter has always believed there are special properties contained in organised sound that can do incredible things to the human body. Moreover, he believes the key to unlocking human potential, lies in the ability to control our levels of stress. As such, he pursues to understand how an individual can aid themselves in mental wellbeing through music.

This interest led to his pursuit of how we cognitively process sound in his BSc and how the human stress system works in his MSc. This acquired knowledge and skills allowed Carter to pursue his exact interest in the form of a PhD.

Research interests

  • Neurophysiology
  • Neuromusicology
  • Stress
  • Music as medicine


  • MSc, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience
  • BSc, Abnormal and Clinical Psychology

Memberships, editorial boards

Member of the British Psychological Society