Professor Katrina Skewes McFerran is an international expert on the topic of music, music therapy and adolescents. She has undertaken a range of studies investigating healthy and unhealthy uses of music with and by young people, preferring participatory approaches with an emphasis on reflexive, qualitative investigations. She has also contributed to the development of an assessment tool for increasing young people's conscious and intentional uses of music. Her music therapy research spans school, community and hospital based practices with young people incorporating a range of music strategies such as song writing, improvisation, performances and music sharing. She is committed to building healthy music cultures in schools that promote wellbeing and connectedness, as well as providing direct therapy services for young people who wish to work towards personal and interpersonal change and growth.
Professor McFerran has published her research in international and interdisciplinary refereed journals and has contributed numerous case studies and practice reflections to edited books, as well as sole authoring her first text on ‘Adolescents, Music and Music Therapy' in 2010 (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) and her second on 'Building Music Cultures in Schools' in 2014 (Barcelona Publications). She is also an Editor of VOICES: A world forum for music therapy www.voices.no and sits on Editorial Boards of the Australian and Nordic Journals of Music Therapy, as well as Music Therapy Today, and Social Work with Groups.
Professor McFerran is Head of the Masters in Music Therapy by Coursework program and Director of the National Music Therapy Research Unit where she supervises a range of projects exploring music and youth. She is currently Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of the VCA&MCM, and Associate Director (Research) at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Katrina is a member of the Research Higher Degr