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Nina Wollersberger

Associate Lecturer

Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research

Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Cambridge School of Creative Industries
Areas of Expertise:
Music therapy

Nina is an HCPC registered music therapist, researcher and educator. She teaches music therapy on undergraduate and postgraduate courses and has recently completed a doctorate at ARU investigating music therapy support for caregivers.

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Nina is an Associate Lecturer at ARU and Research Assistant at Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research (CIMTR). She recently completed her PhD, a mixed methods study exploring a caregiver-delivered music intervention on quality of life for caregivers of people living with dementia.

The doctoral study was a sub-project of the international randomised controlled trial HOMESIDE and conducted through a Vice Chancellor’s PhD Studentship at CIMTR.

Nina is a practicing music therapist and clinical supervisor and has worked internationally and in the UK across NHS, charity, private practice and research settings. Her clinical experience centres on mental health across the lifespan, particularly with people living with dementia and their families.

Spoken Languages
  • English
  • German
Research interests
  • Music therapy
  • Dementia
  • Caregiving
  • Quality of life
  • Mental health
  • Neurodivergence
  • Undergraduate Music courses – Music in Therapy; Major Project
  • MA Music Therapy – Music Therapy in Dementia Care; Major Project
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)
  • MSc Music Therapy, Queen Margaret University
  • BA (Hons) Music, Durham University
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Full Practitioner, British Association for Music Therapy
  • Music Therapist, Health and Care Professions Council
Selected recent publications

Odell-Miller, H., Blauth, L., Bloska, J., Bukowska, A.A., Clark, I.N., Crabtree, S., Engen, R.B., Knardal, S., Kvamme, T.K., McMahon, K., Petrowitz, C., Smrokowska-Reichmann, A., Stensaeth, K., Tamplin, J., Wosch, T., Wollersberger, N. and Baker, F. (2022) 'The HOMESIDE Music Intervention: A Training Protocol for Family Carers of People Living with Dementia', European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education, 12(12), pp. 1812-1832.

Recent presentations and conferences

Bloska, J., Wollersberger, N., Pasqualitto, F. and Hsu, M. (2022, June) 'COVID-19: An international survey exploring the impact of the pandemic on the music therapy profession', poster presentation presented at European Music Therapy Conference 2022, Edinburgh.

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

Odell-Miller, H., Hsu, M.-H., Pool, J., Bloska, J., Crabtree, S. and Wollersberger, N. (2021, April) 'Homeside: Partnership in home-based dementia care and research', roundtable presented at British Association for Music Therapy Conference 2021, Belfast.

Wollersberger, N. (2020, June) 'Music interventions for informal caregivers of people living with dementia in the community: examining direct vs. indirect practice', paper presentation at Anglia Ruskin University AHSS Faculty Research Conference 2020, Cambridge.

Wollersberger, N., Harris, P. and Lobo, M. (2018, October) 'Music: a therapeutic tool for children with special educational needs', workshop at Creative Movement Therapy Association of India (CMTAI) Annual International Conference 2018, New Delhi.