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Evangelia Papanikolaou

Evangelia Papanikolaou

Evangelia Papanikolaou

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GIM Fellow (FAMI) and Primary Trainer, AMI, USA
Master in Music therapy, Roehampton University, UK
Pg.Dip in Clinical Neuroscience and Immunology, Roehampton University, UK
Diplomas in Piano, Counterpoint & Fugue, Orchestration of Wind Instruments, and Byzantine Music, Hellenic Conservatory, Greece

Current positions

PhD student, Doctorate Programme in Music Therapy Aalborg University, Denmark

Scientific Director, SONORA: Multidisciplinary Organization for Music Therapy & Research (music therapist, clinical supervisor and GIM trainer)

Clinical associate, Areteio University Hospital

Adjunct Professor, Hellenic American University

EMTC delegate for Greece

Title of Doctoral Study

Guided Imagery & Music as a complementary, psychological intervention for females in treatment for gynecologic cancer


Ass.Prof. Niels Hannibal, PhD, Doctoral Programme in Music Therapy, Aalborg University, Denmark

Prof. Dr. Cathy McKinney, PhD, Coordinator of the Music Therapy Program at Appalachian State University, USA


This study is a very first attempt to explore and evaluate the potential of the Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) method as a short-term psychological intervention for women who are receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy in a outpatient Greek hospital unit for gynecologic oncology. The study has two main aims: the first aim, is to explore the feasibility of such a complementary intervention in a hospital setting that no other interventions than standard medical care are being established and provided. Since there is no systematic literature about applications of GIM during active treatment for cancer, the second aim of this study is to explore the feasibility of GIM for cancer patients during the period they are receiving active, adjuvant treatment and its potential benefits for the patients. Should findings confirm that GIM could be an effective treatment, this preliminary knowledge can inform clinical practice and give suggestions for a larger scale research protocol.

The study is a two-step design, consisting of two arms. The first arm is a feasibility mixed-methods study with a small purposive sample of four participants. Women received a series of six almost weekly individual short GIM sessions, completed the FACT-G and HADS questionnaires at two time points (baseline/pre and post therapy) and Likert 10-point scales for fatigue and hope, before and after each single session. This was followed by a qualitative interview with the focus on the perceived experience and participants’ feedback on feasibility and delivery of the intervention.   Feasibility provided data on later recruitment, adherence and variability outcomes.
The second part of this study is an experimental, random control trial (RCT) pilot study, in which the questions, procedure, and design have been re-evaluated and re-adjusted according to the feasibility’s outcomes and pointing directions. The ultimate aim is to obtain preliminary data on the efficacy and practicality of GIM as a psychological therapy for female in active treatment for breast or gynecologic cancer (GC). Findings of the feasibility and pilot trial will be evaluated.