Areas of Expertise: Music therapy
Indicative thesis title: Utilising music production technology in music therapy sessions and in the analysis of musical interactions.
Paul’s current research activities focus upon on how music production technology and sound engineering tools and techniques can be effectively utilised in music therapy practice and in improving individual well-being.
Paul has a formal education in music production and sound engineering. Following completion of his BA, Paul undertook an MA in Music Therapy.
Paul's PhD research aims to address a gap in the profession's understanding of how music production technology and techniques can be utilised in practice to benefit the well-being of individuals receiving music therapy.
Paul is exploring how a wide range of music technologies can be utilised with a wide range of client groups. These range from utilising electronic music production to support young people, enabling them to work with a wide range of preferred genres, to using DJ technology with persons with dementia (PWD) to develop an understanding of how changes to the tempo of preferred music impacts upon heart rate variance, supporting the reduction of agitation.
Furthermore, Paul is working collaboratively with colleagues at several educational institutes, developing new areas of research that also seek to further our understanding of the role of music production technology and techniques has in improving well-being, and to develop music technology specific educational models for music therapy educators.
Paul supervises the research of students on ARU's MA Music Therapy.
MA Music Therapy – Principles of Music Therapy
Consultant to Prof Dr Josephine Geipel, Program Lead MA Music Therapy, Universität Augsburg. Development of Music Therapy Education with emphasis on the application of music production technology in clinical practice.
Collaborator within a team from CIMTR, Cambridge University and Roehampton University exploring the development of music therapy specific tools for smart technology (iOS and Android).
Fachner, J., Maidhof, C., Murtagh, D., De Silva, D., Pasqualitto, F., Fernie, P., Panin, F., Michel, A., Odell-Miller, H. (2022, in review) 'Music therapy, neural processing, and craving reduction: An RCT protocol for a mixed methods feasibility study in a Community Substance Misuse Treatment Service', Addiction Science and Clinical Practice.
Fernie, P. (2019) 'The Imposter Within', Leading Note.
Fernie, P. (2022) 'iPads in Group Music Therapy for Individuals with Substance Use Disorder', spoken word presentation, abstract accepted for presentation at the World Congress of Music Therapy Conference 2023, Vancouver.
Fachner, J., Street, A., Fernie, P., Muller, L., Kirke, A., Odell-Miller, H., Farina, N., Moffat, D., Venkatesh, S., Di Campli San Vito, P., Brewster, S., Banerjee, S. and Miranda, E. R. (2022) 'Interactive radio, biomarker and music (therapy) responses to reduce agitation in dementia', spoken word presentation, abstract accepted for presentation at the World Congress of Music Therapy Conference 2023, Vancouver.
Fernie, P. (2022) 'Early thematic analysis of the therapist and participant experiences of music therapy where music technology is the primary instrument', spoken word presentation at European Music Therapy Conference, Edinburgh. Abstract in: Dowling, M., Hussey, C., Maclean, E. and Tsiris, G. (2022) 'Abstracts of the 12th European Music Therapy Conference', British Journal of Music Therapy, Online Special Edition, pp. 188.