DR Helen Shoemark

DR Helen Shoemark


  • (music therapy; neonatology; family)



  • Helen Shoemark PhD RMT Helen Shoemark is is currently Associate Professor of Music Therapy at Temple University, Philadelphia USA. She is a Senior Fellow with both the Department of Paediatrics and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne. She is team leader for Sensory Experience in Early Development at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Her research is focused on auditory experience and specifically maternal voice to support infant development. Helen is the founder of the Music and the Neuro-Developmentally At-Risk Infant group (MANDARI) which is an international group of neuroscientists, music therapists, medical professionals, public health experts and parents collaborating to build effective music programs for medically complex newborn infants. Helen is the Editor of the Australian Journal of Music Therapy, and Communications Chair for the International Association for Music and Medicine.   


Member of

  • Australian Music Therapy Association. Registered Music Therapist 1983 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Career Development Award (2012-2014), Murdoch Children's Research Institute   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2008
  • MME, University of Kansas 1988
  • BMus, University of Melbourne 1982



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Current research interests: Music therapy; family centred care in Newborn Intensive Care; interpersonal intervention studies in paediatirc healthcare; case study research; qualitative methods.