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Felicity Baker

Senior lecturer, Dr. Felicity Baker

Senior lecturer, Dr. Felicity Baker

Felicity Baker, PhD, BMus(Hons), MMus, GC(HE), NMT, RMT
Assoc. Prof., Program Director of Music Therapy Training
The School of Music
The University of Queensland

Dr Felicity Baker (ECR, PhD awarded May 2004) is a senior lecturer and head of music therapy training at The University of Queensland. She is one of the leading Australian researchers in the music therapy field with two books, over 40 refereed publications. She brings specialist skills in music therapy practice and research which has focused on people with dementia as well as people from a variety of different multicultural backgrounds. Dr Baker's research incorporates interventions that promote re/establishing and maintaining meaningful relationships: first-time motherhood; substance abuse patients pub ; and refugees acculturating into the Australian community. She has experience using quantitative and mixed methods design.
 
Dr Baker's reputation as a quality researcher led to her current appointment as Editor-in-Chief for The Australian Journal of Music Therapy in July 2005, membership of the editorial board for The Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, and an invitation as a keynote speaker at the Australian Music Therapy Association National Conference, Sydney 2006. Felicity was awarded a 2008 University of Queensland Excellence in Research Award for sustained and outstanding research. Further, the impact of Dr Baker's work extends beyond the academic milieu where she has received a commercialization award (Uniquest Trailblazer Award 2006) for her research with first time mothers, and an Education Queensland Showcase award (2005) for her research conducted with refugees in the category "inclusive education". Dr Baker's research has had uptake by various commercial and non-commercial media including radio, newspaper, and television.
 
She has been peer reviewer for Neurorehabilitation, International Journal of Occupational Therapy, Australasian Psychiatry. She was scientific committee member for the 2005 World Congress of Music Therapy; and chair for the Scientific Committee for the 2003 and 2008 National Australian Music Therapy Conference.
As an early career researcher, Dr Baker has already had a significant role in research training supervising the research of Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy students (# 9), honours (#2) and master of music therapy students (#17). She has also been an internal and external thesis examiner (#20). Her research expertise has been highly regarded at The University of Queensland leading to her appointment as Director of Research for the School of Music (since 2006) and election to The University of Queensland's academic board (3 year fixed-term) in 2007.
Dr Baker completed her music therapy training in 1992 and thereafter established the first music therapy post in brain injury rehabilitation at Ivanhoe Rehabilitation Hospital, Melbourne. She has served key roles in the Australian Music Therapy Association including Vice-President/President-Elect/President (fixed-term) from 1997-2000 and Education Committee from 2002 to present.
 
 

Publications:

 

Books

 
BAKER, F., and Tamplin, J. (2006). Music therapy methods in neurorehabilitation. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. BAKER, F. & Wigram, T. (Eds.). (2005). Song Writing Methods, Techniques and Clinical Applications for Music Therapy Clinicians, Educators and Students. London: Jessica Kingsley Pub.
 

Book chapters

 
BAKER, F. (2007). Using voice analysis software to analyze the sung and spoken voice. In T. Wosch and T. Wigram (Ed). Microanalysis: Methods, Techniques and Applications in Music Therapy for Clinicians, Researchers, Educators and Students. (pp.101-113). JKP.
BAKER, F. (2005). Neuaufbau von Fertigkeiten zur Verbalisation In: S. Jochims (Ed.): Musiktherapie in der Neurorehabilitation Internationale Konzepte , Forschung und Praxis. (p. 237-248) Hippocampus Verlag, Bad Honnef, Germany. ISBN-number 3-936817-19-7
BAKER, F. (2005). Verbesserung affektiver Intonation. In: S. Jochims (Ed.): Musiktherapie in der Neurorehabilitation Internationale Konzepte , Forschung und Praxis. (p. 221-236). Hippocampus Verlag, Bad Honnef, Deutschland/Germany ISBN-number 3-936817-19-7
BAKER, F., Kennelly, J., Tamplin, J. (2005a). Song writing to explore identity change/sense of self concept following traumatic brain injury. In: F.Baker & T Wigram (Ed.). Song Writing Methods, Techniques and Clinical Applications for Music Therapy Clinicians, Educators and Students. (p. 116-133)London: Jessica Kingsley Pub.
BAKER, F. (2005). Working with impairments in pragmatics through song writing with traumatically brain injured patients. In: F.Baker & T. Wigram (Ed.). Song Writing Methods, Techniques and Clinical Applications for Music Therapy Clinicians, Educators and Students. (p.134-153). London: Jessica Kingsley Pub.
Wigram T. & BAKER, F. (2005). Introduction: Song writing as therapy In: F.Baker & T Wigram (Ed.). Song Writing Methods, Techniques and Clinical Applications for Music Therapy Clinicians, Educators and Students. (p. 1-23). London: Jessica Kingsley Pub.
 

Refereed Journal Articles:

 
McFerran, K., BAKER, F., Kildea C., & Sawyer, S. (in press, accepted 15th April, 2008). Avoiding Conflict: What do adolescents with disordered eating say about their mothers in music therapy? British Journal of Music Therapy
 
BAKER, F. & Grocke, D. (in press, accepted April 4th 2008). Challenges of working with people aged 60-75 years from culturally and linguistically diverse groups: Repertoire and music therapy approaches employed by Australian Music Therapists. Australian Journal of Music Therapy.
Mackinlay, E. and BAKER, F. (2008) "I feel better as a mother": Reflections on singing lullabies for you and your baby, HECATE, 34, 1, 24-44.
 
BAKER, F., Wigram, T., Stott, D. and McFerran, K. (in press, accepted 20th December 2007) Therapeutic objectives underpinning songwriting with different clinical populations: Comparing the literature with practice. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy.
BAKER, F., Wigram, T., Stott, D. and McFerran, K. (in press, accepted 20th December 2007) Songwriting methods across diverse clinical populations: Comparing the literature with practice. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy.
BAKER F & Bor W (2008). Can music preference indicate mental health status? A discussion paper. Australasian Psychiatry, 16, 4, 284-288...
Dingle, G.A., Gleadhill, LM.., BAKER, F. (2008). Can music therapy engage patients in group cognitive behaviour therapy for substance abuse treatment? Drug and Alcohol Review, 27, 190-196.
BAKER, F., Gleadhill, L., Dingle, G.A. (2007). Music therapy and emotional exploration: Exposing substance abuse clients to the experiences of non-drug induced emotions. Arts in Psychotherapy,34, 321-330.
BAKER F. (2007). Enhancing the clinical reasoning skills of music therapy students through problem based learning: An action research project. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 16, 1, 27-41.
Ledger, A. and BAKER, F. (2007). An investigation of long-term effects of group music therapy on agitation levels of people with Alzheimer's Disease. Aging and Mental Health, 11,3, 330-338.
McFerran, K., BAKER, F., Patton, G.C., and Sawyer, S. M. (2006). A retrospective lyrical analysis of songs written by adolescent girls with disordered eating. European Eating Disorder Review, 14, 397-403.
BAKER, F. & Jones, C. (2006). The effect of music therapy services on classroom behaviours of newly arrived refugee students in Australia - a pilot study. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 11, 4, 245-256.
BAKER, F., & Mackinlay, E. (2006). Sing, Soothe, Sleep: A lullaby education program for first time mothers. British Journal of Music Education, 23, 2, 147-160.
BAKER, F., & Mackinlay, E. (2005). Facilitating the transition into motherhood through lullaby singing - A pilot study. New Zealand Journal of Music Therapy, 3, 5-27.
Mackinlay, E. & BAKER, F. (2005). Singing to know baby, singing to know self: Lullaby singing as a pedagogical tool in the everyday life of first time mothers. Perfect Beat, 7, 3, 3-18.
Mackinlay, E. & BAKER, F. (2005). Nurturing herself, nurturing her baby: Creating positive experiences for first time mothers through lullaby singing. Women and Music, 9, 69-89.
BAKER F, & Jones, C. (2005). Holding a steady beat: Stablising the behaviours of newly arrived young refugee students. British Journal of Music Therapy, 19, 2, 67-74.
Ledger, A., & BAKER, F. (2005). Longitudinal research designs in music therapy: Weighing up the advantages and disadvantages when working with patients who have dementia. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 16, 88-103.
BAKER, F., Wigram, T., Gold, C. (2005). The effects of a song-singing programme on the affective speaking intonation of people with traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 19, 7, 519-528.
BAKER, F., Kennelly, J., & Tamplin, J. (2005). Adjustment to TBI through song writing: Reviewing the past and looking to the future. Brain Impairment, 6, 3, 205-211.
BAKER, F., Kennelly, J., & Tamplin, J. (2005). Themes in songs written by clients with traumatic brain injury: Differences across the lifespan. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 16, 25-42.
BAKER, F., Kennelly, J., & Tamplin, J. (2005). Themes within Songs Written by People with Traumatic Brain Injury: Gender Differences. Journal of Music Therapy, 42, 2, 111-122.
Jones, C., BAKER, F., Day, T. (2004) From healing rituals to music therapy: bridging the cultural divide between therapist and young Sudanese refugees. Arts in Psychotherapy, 31, 89-100.
BAKER, F., & Wigram T. (2004) The immediate and long-term effects of music therapy on the mood states of people with traumatic brain injury. British Journal of Music Therapy, 18, 2, 55-64.
BAKER, F., & Roth, E. (2004). Neuroplasticity and recovery: Training models and compensatory strategies in music therapy. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 13, 1, 20-32.
BAKER, F., Wigram, T. (2004). Rehabilitating the Uninflected Voice: Finding Climax and Cadence. Music Therapy Perspectives, 22, 1, 4-10.