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Triona Mc Caffrey

BA, MA, Dip, PhD

Biography

Dr Tríona McCaffrey is a Lecturer in Music Therapy at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. Her clinical background is in adult mental health and dementia care, having established the first full-time music therapy post in statutory mental health provision in Ireland at Mayo Mental Health Services. Tríona has extensive experience as a music therapy educator having worked as clinical supervisor, guest lecturer and music skills tutor prior to becoming a full-time faculty member of the Irish World Academy in 2010. Her research primarily uses qualitative and arts-based methodologies. She is particularly interested in the role of the arts in mental health recovery, perinatal mental health, maternity care and music therapy post development. In 2014 Tríona completed her PhD in service user evaluation of music therapy which led to her establishing the Alliance for Recovery Research in Music Therapy, an international research group dedicated to the active involvement of service users in music therapy and mental health research. Tríona is also a founding member of the Arts and Health Research Cluster at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and member of UL's Health Research Institute.

Research Interests

  • Music therapy in mental health
  • Music therapy post development
  • Perinatal mental health and maternity care
  • Qualitative and arts-based methodologies

Teaching Interests

Tríona teaches on the MA Music Therapy, the only professional training programme in music therapy on the island Ireland. Her goal for her students is that they develop key graduate attributes of UL by becoming articulate, knowledgeable, creative, collaborative, proactive and responsible graduates who share her passion for the role of music and arts in the promotion of well-being. Tríona’s teaching covers a broad range of topics related to clinical orientation, child development, mental health, health research and professional skills in music therapy practice. She also has extensive experience of coordinating national and international fieldwork placements. She was short-listed for the Regional Teaching Excellence Award 2020 and is External Examiner to the Postgraduate Diploma in Music at Hong Kong University (2017-current).

Publications

Book Chapter

2020

A personal recovery narrative through Rap music in music therapy
Nelligan, S., Hayes, T., & McCaffrey, T.
Schizophrenia: Triggers and Treatments

2015

Music therapy in mental health care for adults
McCaffrey, T.
Oxford handbook of music therapy

Conference Contribution

2019

Mid-West Perinatal Mental Health Conference
McCaffrey, T., Cheung, P. S., Barry, M.

2017

15th World Congress of Music Therapy
Viega, M; Gilbertson, S; McCaffrey, T; Beer, L; Woodward, A & Zaratee, R.

2017

15th World Congress of Music Therapy
Skewes McFerran, K; Stige, B; Schwantes, M; Viega, M; McCaffrey, T; Gilboa, A & Rickson, D.

Conference Publication

2020

World Congress of Music Therapy
McFerran, K., Metell, M., Norris, M., Ikuno, R., Gilboa, A., McCaffrey, T., Rickson, D., Hadley, S., Viega, M., Oosthuizen, H., & Schwantes, M.

2014

Refocus on Recovery 2014
McCaffrey, T.

Other Publication

2015

Music therapy in mental health care: A brief reflection
McCaffrey, T.
The Chronicle of Higher Education

2007

Receiving music therapy together
McCaffrey T
Irish Medical Times

2006

Music therapy hits the right note
McCaffrey T
Irish Medical Times

Peer Reviewed Journal

2020

An investigation of music therapists’ experiences of verbal dialogue in music therapy sessions
Nelligan, S., & McCaffrey, T.
Voices: A World Forum For Music Therapy

2020

Exploring the role and impact of group songwriting with multiple stakeholders in recovery-oriented mental health services
McCaffrey T.;Higgins P.;Monahan C.;Moloney S.;Nelligan S.;Clancy A.;Cheung P.S.
Nordic Journal Of Music Therapy DOI: 10.1080/08098131.2020.1771755

2020

Exploring the role and impact of group songwriting with multiple stakeholders in recovery-oriented mental health services
McCaffrey, T., Higgins, P., Monahan, C., Moloney, S., Nelligan, S., Clancy, A., & Cheung
Nordic Journal Of Music Therapy DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/08098131.2020.1771755

2018

Music therapy and recovery in mental health: Seeking a way forward.
McCaffrey, T., Carr, C., Hense, C., & Solli, H. P.
Voices: A World Forum For Music Therapy DOI: 10.15845/voices.v18i1.918

2014

Including service user perspectives in research: Reflections of the Music & Health Research Group at the University of Limerick.
Baines, S.; Edwards, J.; McCaffrey, T.; & Noone, J.
Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists Journal

2011

Is there a role for music therapy in the recovery approach in mental health?
McCaffrey, T; Edwards, J; Fannon, D
The Arts In Psychotherapy DOI: 10.1016/j.aip.2011.04.006