Christian Gold is a researcher and associate professor at the Faculty of Health Studies, Sogn og Fjordane University College, Norway (from autumn 2006 at the University of Bergen). He received his music therapy training at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. In 2003 he received his PhD in music therapy from Aalborg University.
Coming from a clinical background in child and adult mental health, his main research interest is in outcome research that is clinically relevant for both music therapists and people from related professions. He is also interested in process-outcome research which attempts to examine links between process variables and the outcome of therapy. His main area of expertise is in the methodology and statistical analysis of clinical trials and systematic reviews/meta-analyis.
Christian Gold is also Associate Editor of the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy. Furthermore, he also still tries to see some patients at his private practice in Vienna, although this proves increasingly difficult in addition to his research activities.
Gold, C., Heldal, T. O., Dahle, T., & Wigram, T. (2005). Music therapy for schizophrenia and schizophrenia-like illnesses (Cochrane Review), The Cochrane Library, Issue 2, 2005. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Gold, C., Voracek, M., & Wigram, T. (2004). Effects of music therapy for children and adolescents with psychopathology: A meta-analysis. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines, 45(6), 1054-1063.
2. Outcome studies
Gold, C., Wigram, T., & Voracek, M. (2006, in press). Effectiveness of music therapy for children and adolescents with psychopathology: A quasi-experimental study. Psychotherapy Research.
Gold, C., Rolvsjord, R., Aaro, L. E., Aarre, T., Tjemsland, L., & Stige, B. (2005). Resource-oriented music therapy for psychiatric patients with low therapy motivation: Protocol for a randomised controlled trial [NCT00137189]. BMC Psychiatry, 5(39).
3. Methodological papers
Gold, C. (2004). The use of effect sizes in music therapy research. Music Therapy Perspectives, 22(2), 91-95.