Nurbanu Somani

PhD student

Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research and Vision & Hearing Research Centre

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Psychology and Sport Science
Areas of Expertise:
Vision and eye research , Psychology

Indicative thesis title: Addressing psychological and emotional wellbeing in people with acquired vision loss using music

Email: [email protected]


Supervisory team: Peter Allen (1st), Eldre Beukes (2nd) and Alexander Street (3rd)

Nurbanu is currently completing her PhD which is focussed on developing an online music-based intervention aimed at improving the psychological wellbeing of people with acquired vision loss.

Research interests

  • Quality of life
  • Wellbeing
  • Low vision
  • Music as medicine


  • MRes, Vision Research (University College London)
  • BSc, Biology (University College London)
  • Ophthalmic Dispensing (Anglia Ruskin University)
  • Fellowship of dispensing opticians
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Selected recent publications

Somani N, Beukes E, Latham K, Andersson G, Allen PM. Designing an internet-based intervention for improving wellbeing in people with acquired vision loss: A Delphi consensus study. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 2021 Sep;41(5):971-984. doi: 10.1111/opo.12849. Epub 2021 Aug 15. PMID: 34392552.