A/PROF Katrina Skewes MCFERRAN

A/PROF Katrina Skewes MCFERRAN


  • Music and Health (Healthy and Unhealthy Uses of Music)
  • Music Therapy (Young People)
  • Community Building (in Schools using Music)
  • Equity (making appropriate music opportunities available to all young people)



  • Dr 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, and has developed a measure that can be used to identify unhealthy music use.  Her music therapy research spans school, community and hospital based practices with young people with the intention of empowering youth to appropriate music consciously and intentionally towards health.  This has involved the development of preventative as well as treatment programs drawing on knowledge from the field of music therapy.   


Member of

  • Australian Music Therapy Association. Registered Music Therapist 1994 -


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2001
  • BMus (hons), University of Melbourne 1993

Awards and honors

  • Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2012
  • G.E.M. Scott Teaching Award, 2010
  • University of Melbourne, 1998



Available for supervision

  • Y