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Dr Tríona McCaffrey

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Tríona McCaffrey is a lecturer in music therapy at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. She holds a BA (Music and Irish), MA and PhD (Music Therapy), and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology. Tríona has practiced as a music therapist in community mental health, psychiatry of old age and also mental health recovery where she developed an interest in service user involvement in healthcare. Her PhD focused on service user evaluation of music therapy in mental health, employing interpretative phenomenological analysis and arts-based methods to highlight service user’s personal experiences.

Tríona’s research interests primarily relate to music therapy in mental health while also focusing on recovery-oriented service provision and stakeholder involvement in health service delivery. She is currently leading a project using arts-based methodologies to foster collaboration between multiple stakeholders in mental health for the purposes of informing recovery-oriented service development.


McCaffrey, T., Carr, C., Solli, H.P. & Hense, C. (2018). Music Therapy and Recovery in Mental Health: Seeking a Way Forward. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy. 18 (1).

McCaffrey, T. (2018). Evaluating music therapy in adult mental health services: Tuning into service user perspectives. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy. 27 (1): 28-43.

McCaffrey, T. & Edwards, J. (2016). “Music Therapy Helped Me Get Back Doing": Perspectives of Music Therapy Participants in Mental Health Services. Journal of Music Therapy.

McCaffrey, T., Edwards, J. (2015). Meeting Art with Art: Arts-Based Methods Enhance Researcher Reflexivity in Research with Mental Health Service Users. Journal of music therapy. 52 (4): 515-532.

Ledger, A. & McCaffrey, T. (2015). Performative, Arts-Based, or Arts-Informed? Reflections on the Development of Arts-Based Research in Music Therapy. Journal of music therapy. 52 (4): 441-456.