Professor Jane Edwards (on leave)


Professor Jane Edwards is Director of the Music & Health Research Group. and Course Director of the MA in Music Therapy at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. She is a Governor of the University of Limerick, and is the Guest Professor in Music Therapy at the University of the Arts in Berlin
A Founding Member of the International Association for Music & Medicine she is currently serving as inaugural President of this distinguished body.

Professor Edwards has published extensively in the field of music therapy research She is European Editor for the online journal Voices ( She was formerly a reviewer and assistant editor for the Australian Journal of Music Therapy. She served on the editorial board of the American journal Music Therapy Perspectives for many years. Currently she is on the editorial boards for The Arts in Psychotherapy (Elsevier), Music & Medicine (SAGE) and the Journal of Music Therapy published by the American Music Therapy Association.

Professor Edwards has presented her work in many countries around the world including her original home in Australia, and at conferences, seminars, hospitals and universities in a number of countries including, Austria, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, USA, England, Denmark, Germany and Finland.

Initially Professor Edwards specialised in the field of mental health, including acute in-patient care and work with people who have dementia. She then developed a specialist role for music therapy work with children receiving care in a hospital. Currently she is undertaking research in the areas of music therapy development work and music therapy for parents and infants at-risk.

Published Books

Edwards, J. (2011) (Ed). Music therapy and parent-infant bonding. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Edwards, J. (2007)(Ed). Music: Promoting health and creating community in healthcare contexts. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishers.

Edited books in progress
Edwards, J. (invited, contracts returned). Oxford Handbook of Music Therapy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [72 chapters]

Scholarly publications since 2005
Edwards, J. (2011). A music and health perspective on music’s perceived “goodness”. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 20(1), 90-101

Edwards, J. & Kennelly, J. (2011). Music Therapy for children in hospital care: A stress and coping framework for practice. In Anthony Meadows (Ed). Developments in Music Therapy Practice: Case Perspectives (pp. 151-165). Gilsum, NH: Barcelona.

Edwards, J. (2011). The use of music therapy to promote attachment between parents and infants. The Arts in Psychotherapy – pre-publication online doi:10.1016/j.aip.2011.05.002

McCaffrey, T., Edwards, J. & Fannon, D. (2011). Is there a role for music therapy in the recovery approach in mental health? The Arts in Psychotherapy – pre-publication online doi:10.1016/j.aip.2011.04.006

Van den Tol, A., & Edwards, J. (2011). Exploring a rationale for listening to sad music when feeling sad. Psychology of Music – revisions submitted May 2011.

Edwards. J. (2009). Music and medicine in Ireland: A vibrant and developing community of practice. Music and Medicine, 1, 117-122

Smyth, S. & Edwards, J. (2009). Exploring the experiences of students in the final stage of music therapy training. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy.

Edwards, J. (2008). The use of music in healthcare contexts: A select review of writings from the 1890s to the 1940s. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 8(2), np

Edwards, J. & Hadley, S. (2007). Expanding music therapy practice: Incorporating the feminist frame. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 34, 199-207

Edwards, J. (2007). Antecedents of contemporary uses for music in healthcare contexts: The 1890s to the 1940s. In J. Edwards (Ed.). Music: Promoting health and creating community in healthcare contexts. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars.

Edwards, J., Scahill, M. & Phelan, H. (2007). Music therapy: Promoting healthy mother-infant relations in the vulnerable refugee and asylum seeker community. In J. Edwards (Ed). Music: Promoting health and creating community. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars.

Edwards, J. (2006). Music Therapy in the treatment and management of mental disorders. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 23, 33-35

Edwards, J. (2006). Consideration of potential informants from feminist theory for music therapy practice. In S. Hadley (Ed.), Feminist perspectives in music therapy. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona.

Edwards, J. (2005). Possibilities and problems for evidence based practice in music therapy. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 32, 293-301

Edwards, J. (2005). The role of the music therapist in working with hospitalized children: A reflection on the development of a music therapy program in a children’s hospital. Music Therapy Perspectives, 23, 36-44

Edwards, J. (2005). Developments and issues in music therapy research. Chapter 2 in Barbara Wheeler (Ed.). Music therapy research (2nd edition, pp. 20-31). Gilsum, NH: Barcelona

Edwards, J. & Burns, D. (2005). Funding music therapy research. Chapter 9 in Barbara Wheeler (Ed.). Music therapy research (2nd edition, pp. 72-76). Gilsum: Barcelona

Edwards, J. (2005). Developing music therapy approaches to pain management in hospitalized children pp. 57-64. In C. Dileo and J. Loewy (Eds.). Music therapy at end of life. PA: Jeffrey Books.

Edwards, J. (2005). The contribution of music therapy to the process of therapeutic
change for people receiving hospital care. Chapter 9 in Carole-Lynne Le Navenec &
Laurel Bridges (Eds.). Creating connections between nursing care and creative arts
therapies. Springfield: Charles C Thomas.

Contact Details:

Professor Jane Edwards,
Room No: IW2.12
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
University of Limerick,
Limerick, Ireland.

tel: +353-61-213122
fax: +353-61-202589

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