Tríona McCaffrey is a lecturer in music therapy at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. She is a music therapist with a specialist interest in mental health, having practiced across a range of settings at Mayo Mental Health Services prior to her appointment at UL. 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. She holds a BA (Music and Irish), MA and PhD (Music Therapy), and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology. Tríona is interested in music, music therapy and arts projects related to mental health recovery, perinatal mental health, midwifery and neonatology. She has expertise in qualitative research and using arts-based methods as inclusive means for health research involvement.


McCaffrey, T., Cheung, P.S., Barry, M., Punch, P., & Dore, L. (2020). The role and outcomes of music listening for women in childbirth: An integrative review. Midwifery. 83.

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.