Hilary Moss is Associate Professor of Music Therapy at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland and previously the Director of the National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght Hospital, Dublin. She is passionate about the interaction between music, health and well-being with over 25 years of research and practice experience as a Music Therapist and manager in mental health, older age and adult medical environments. She has an MBA in Health Service Management and completed her PhD at Trinity College Dublin Medical School. Her research interests include music/music therapy in ageing and dementia care; chronic pain and singing and health. She has published widely on health humanities and inter-disciplinary research topics. She is founder and chair of the Arts and Health Research Network at UL and has over fifty peer reviewed journal publications on arts and health related topics. Her book Music and Creativity in Healthcare Settings was published by Routledge in 202s and she has guest edited two special issues of journals on music, music therapy and health topics. She regularly appears on radio and other media on music and health topics.


Selected Publications

Kelly et al “Follow the Musical Road”: Selecting Appropriate Music Experiences for People with Dementia Living in the Community Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20(10), 5818; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20105818

Clifford AM, Ni Bhriain O, Byrne S et al. Music and Movement for Health: Protocol for a pragmatic cluster-randomised feasibility pilot trial of an arts-based programme for the health and wellbeing of older adults [version 2; peer review: 2 approved]HRB Open Res 2023, 5:42 (https://doi.org/10.12688/hrbopenres.13535.2)

Kelly L, Richardson I, Moss H.  Reducing rural isolation through music: telehealth music therapy for community dwelling people living with dementia and their family caregivers in rural Ireland . Rural and Remote Health 2023; 23: 8162. https://doi.org/10.22605/RRH8162

O'Neill D, Zimmerman S, Kelly BD, Moss H. Promoting research and scholarship in the medical and health humanities in Ireland. Ir J Med Sci. 2022 Sep 20. doi: 10.1007/s11845-022-03167-8. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36127548.

Fahey, H., Phelan, H., Clift, C. Moss, H. 2022. A chorus of voices: social singing and health promotion, Health Promotion International, 2022;, daac033, https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/daac033 (Guest editorial of HPI Supplement on Community singing and health)

Moss H. 2022. Music and Creativity in Healthcare Settings: Does Music Matter? Routledge, London. ISBN 9780367765347

Moss H and O'Neill D. Aesthetic deprivation in clinical settings. Lancet 2014;383:1032-3. http://hdl.handle.net.proxy.lib.ul.ie/10344/5363