Patrik N. Juslin, Professor of Psychology, Uppsala University, Sweden
Keynote Wednesday August 8
Patrik N. Juslin is Professor of Psychology at Uppsala University in Sweden, where he directs their research and teaching in music psychology. His work focuses on the perception and experience of sound in music and speech – particularly in relation to emotion – also covering areas such as music education, health, performance, and aesthetics. Juslin is a member of the International Society for Research on Emotions and co-edited the Handbook of Music and Emotion (Oxford University Press, 2010) together with John A. Sloboda. He is currently finalizing a single-author book for OUP, which builds on his 20-year quest to understand the mysteries of musical affect.
Joke Bradt, Associate Professor in Creative Arts Therapies, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University, USA
Keynote Thursday August 9
Dr. Joke Bradt, PhD, MT-BC is Associate Professor in the PhD Program in Creative Arts Therapies at Drexel University (Philadelphia, USA) and a board-certified music therapist. Her federally-funded research has focused on the use of music therapy interventions for chronic illness, chronic pain, PTSD, and symptom management. She has presented her work extensively at national and international conferences, and has authored and co-authored many music therapy articles and book chapters. She is the lead author of several Cochrane Systematic Reviews on music interventions with medical patients. She is co-Editor-in-Chief of the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy and serves on the co-Direction Team for implementation of Music Therapy Research 2025, the strategic research plan of the American Music Therapy Association.
Melinda Ashley Meyer DeMott, Professor in Expressive Arts, Norwegian Institute for Expressive Arts Therapy (EXA), European Graduate School (EGS), Switzerland, and University College of South East Norway
Keynote Friday August 10
Professor Melinda Ashley Meyer DeMott, PhD in Expressive Arts and Psychodrama Director is the Director and Co-founder of the Norwegian Institute for Expressive Arts Therapy (EXA). She is Professor and Core faculty at the European Graduate School (EGS), Switzerland and senior faculty member at the University College of South East Norway. Ms Meyer DeMott has made three documentary films about EXA with traumatized refugees, carried out several research projects and written several articles about EXA work with trauma survivors. Her research focus has been on spontaneity training and expanding the range of play with trauma survivors. She and her team have developed the Expressive Arts in Transition Program (EXIT), a continuing education certificate program, Campus Malta, EGS.
Tia DeNora, Professor of Sociology at the University of Exeter, UK, in the Department of Sociology Philosophy and Anthropology
Keynote Saturday August 11
Tia DeNora is Professor of Sociology at the University of Exeter where she directs the SocArts Research Group. Her research lies mainly in the area of music and wellbeing. She co-edits the Routledge Series on Music & Change with Gary Ansdell. Her books include Music Asylums: Wellbeing Through Music in Everyday Life (Ashgate 2013), Making Sense of Reality (Sage 2014) and, with Gary Ansdell, Musical Pathways in Recovery (Routledge 2016).