Stella Jean Dickinson
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Stella Jean Dickinson, Trustee

Dr Stella Compton Dickinson took on the Trustee role as officer for Professional Development in January 2019.  She has a broad interest in helping members in all areas of music therapy work across the lifespan from  infancy to palliative care. 

In taking semi retirement from clinical practice this year Stella is interested in broadening access to technically assisted clinical supervision for those who cannot travel, in advising and directing members to appropriate research resources and for academic help.
Stella has a broad range of music therapy experience in acute and intensive care psychiatry,adolescent in-patient treatment, community day treatment for adults with severe and enduring mental illness and in the assessment and treatment of adults with complex needs and intellectual impairment.
She trained at the Royal Academy of Music, Post graduate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, MSc and MPhil at King’s College London, Guy’s Hospital campus and in health economics research at The Institu

te of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, then gaining her Doctorate in Music Therapy through Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge. 
She worked as Head of Arts Therapies and Clinical Research Lead in Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust forensic psychiatric services for 15 years where she and her team implemented the first randomised controlled trial of music therapy in a high secure hospital setting for patients who have co-morbid diagnoses. Her research in this area was awarded the 2016 Ruskin Medal for the most impactful doctoral research. 
She is the author of two books, most recently The Clinician’s Guide to Forensic Music Therapy (Jessica Kingsley Publishers). She is an Accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist and Supervisor, Health Professions Registered Music Therapist, Supervisor and UKCP, BACP registered Cognitive Analytic Therapist with a central London private practice at Guy’s Hospital and a north london practice at Project Me, 84 Park Road, Crouch end,where she is developing clinical supervision groups for music therapists and psychotherapists.

1. Stephen Kellett, Jo Hall & Stella Compton Dickinson (2019) Group cognitive analytic music therapy: a quasi-experimental feasibility study conducted in a high secure hospital, Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 28:3, 224-255, DOI: 10.1080/08098131.2018.1529697

2. Stella Compton Dickinson (2018) Insanity and divinity: studies in psychosis and spirituality, Psychosis, 10:2, 160-161, DOI: 10.1080/17522439.2018.1463554