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Dr Jonathan W Pool

Senior Research Fellow

Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research

Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Cambridge School of Creative Industries
Areas of Expertise:
Music therapy , Neurorehabilitation , Disorders of consciousness
Research Supervision:
Courses taught:

Jonathan specialises in music therapy research with people with neurological problems and disorders of consciousness. He is passionate about understanding how music affects our functioning, health and well-being.

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As well as being a music therapist, Jonathan is a clinical supervisor and researcher specialising in neurorehabilitation and neurological populations. He trained as a music therapist and then as a researcher at Anglia Ruskin University.

Jonathan was awarded his PhD in 2013 for his research in brief group music therapy for cognitive functional gains and emotional needs of adult brain injury survivors in community neurorehabilitation.

Jonathan's clinical work includes developing interdisciplinary interventions for people with acquired brain injury and their families. As a researcher, he is dedicated to developing evidence on the use of music and music therapy in assessment and intervention for people affected by neurological impairments and diseases.

Research interests
  • Music therapy
  • Music in neurorehabilitation
  • Mixed methods research
  • Clinical research
Areas of research supervision
  • Music in neurorehabilitation
  • Mixed methods research
  • Research with small samples

Jonathan is currently on five supervisory teams:

  • Wollersberger, N. (September 2019 – Anglia Ruskin University) (2nd supervisor)
  • Crabtree, S. (September 2019 – Anglia Ruskin University) (3rd supervisor)
  • Twyford, K. (July 2021 – University of Western Australia) (External advisor)
  • Mason, E. (September 2022 – Anglia Ruskin University) (1st supervisor)
  • O’Keeffe, L. (September 2022 - Anglia Ruskin University) (1st supervisor)
  • Undergraduate music courses   Principles of Music Therapy (guest lecturer)
  • MA Music Therapy
  • PhD Music Therapy, Anglia Ruskin University
  • MA Music Therapy, Anglia Ruskin University
  • BA (Hons) Creative Music and Technology, Brunel University
  • HND Physics, University of Portsmouth
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Member, British Association of Music Therapists
  • Member, Health and Care Professions Council
  • Member, Society of Research in Rehabilitation
  • Research Chair, Independent Neurorehabilitation Providers Alliance
  • BAMT alternate representative, Council for Allied Health Professions Research
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange
  • Chief Investigator, Private Physiotherapy Educational Foundation, 2018, £10,788
  • Chief Investigator, The Music Therapy Charity, 2018, £1,500
  • Chief Investigator, Hospital Saturday Fund, 2021, £2,000
Selected recent publications

Baker, F.A., Pool, J., Johansson, K., Wosch, T., Bukowska, A.A., Kulis, A., ... and Odell-Miller, H. (2021) 'Strategies for Recruiting People with Dementia to Music Therapy Studies: Systematic Review', Journal of Music Therapy, 58(4), pp. 373-407.

Pool, J.W., Siegert, R.J., Taylor, S., Dunford, C. and Magee, W. (2020) 'Evaluating the validity, reliability and clinical utility of the Music therapy Sensory Instrument for Cognition, Consciousness and Awareness (MuSICCA): protocol of a validation study', BMJ Open, 10(8), e039713.

Pool, J. and Magee, W.L. (2016) 'Music in the treatment of children and youth with prolonged disorders of consciousness', Front. Psychol., 7:202. Available at: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00202

Oldfield, A., Bell, K. and Pool, J. (2012) 'Three families and three music therapists: Reflections on short-term music therapy in child and family psychiatry', Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 21(3), pp. 250-267.

Pool, J. and Odell-Miller H. (2011) ;Aggression in music therapy and its role in creativity with reference to personality disorder', The Arts in Psychotherapy, 38(3), pp. 169-177.

Recent presentations and conferences

Magee, W., Paasch, V., Bower, J. and Pool, J. (2022) 'Sensory Stimulation Children and Youth with Disorders of Consciousness: Recommendations from the Developing Evidence-Base' (oral presentation), in programme, The International Paediatric Brain Injury Society and the North American Brain Injury Society Joint Conference on Brain Injury, 21-24 September 2022, New York.

Pool, J., Odell-Miller, H., Hsu, M., Bloska, J., Wollersberger, N. and Crabtree, S. (2022) 'HOMESIDE: The UK experience of recruitment to an online randomised controlled trial for people affected by dementia (roundtable presentation)', in programme, European Music Therapy Conference, 8-12 June 2022, Edinburgh.

Pool, J. and Magee, W.L. (2021) 'The Constellation of Investigators: Multi-level, Multi-faceted Collaboration and Exchange to Develop a Music Therapy Tool for Children with Disorders of Consciousness' (oral presentation), in programme, British Association for Music Therapy BAMT Conference, 9-11 April 2021, online.

Pool, J., Hsu, M., Odell-Miller, H., Gattino, G. and Magee, W.L. (2021) 'International Efforts in Developing Music Therapy Research: A Roundtable' (roundtable presentation), in programme, British Association for Music Therapy BAMT Conference, 9-11 April 2021, online.

Pool, J., Siegert, R., Taylor, S. and Magee, W.L. (2018) 'Novel Approaches in the Evaluation and Treatment of Children with Disorders of Consciousness: Music in Evaluation and Treatment' (oral presentation), The Third International Conference on Paediatric Acquired Brain injury, 26-28 September 2018, Belfast.

Media experience

National and local radio, including:

  • Radio Cambridge in 2020 regarding music therapy for acquired brain injury