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Editors of British Journal of Music Therapy

Tessa Watson

Tessa Watson is a music therapist and trainer with many years experience in various clinical settings. Currently Head of Arts and Play Therapies and Convenor of the MA Music Therapy at the University of Roehampton, Tessa also has an honorary clinical post in an NHS community team for people with learning disabilities. She holds several roles within BAMT (the UK music therapy professional association) and is one of the BJMT Editorial team (online with SAGE). Tessa is an AHP Clinical Expert and an HCPC partner.

Tessa’s research interests are diverse and include clinical work with adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities, the experience of women in secure psychiatric settings, multi-disciplinary work and the development of theories of learning and teaching in the training of Music Therapists. As well as her interests in research Tessa has contributed to the development of the profession through her work with the British Association for Music Therapy; she is currently a Trustee, the International Officer and sits on the Training and Education Committee. Tessa enjoys writing and speaking about her work and has spoken at conferences internationally and in the UK. She delivers workshops and consultation on writing for publication. Some own Tessa’s own notable publications are ‘Supporting the Unplanned Journey’ in Collaboration and Assistance in Music Therapy Practice, London; Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2017), ‘The World is Alive! Music Therapy with Adults with Learning Disabilities’ in the Oxford Handbook of Music Therapy, OUP (2016), Integrated Team Working: Music Therapy as Part of Transdisciplinary and Collaborative Approaches, London; Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2008) with Karen Twyford, and Music Therapy with Adults with Learning Disabilities, London; Routledge (2007).

Dr Philippa Derrington

After qualifying from Anglia Ruskin University, Philippa worked as a music therapist in a variety of settings with adults and children. She established a full-time music therapy post in a secondary school and carried out a research investigation into the effectiveness of music therapy for young people at risk of underachievement, marginalisation or exclusion.

Philippa currently leads the MSc Music Therapy programme at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. She also continues to practise as a music therapist with young people who have complex emotional difficulties, an area of work which continues to be her research focus. She is passionate about working with young people and making music therapy accessible. She co-edited ‘Music Therapy in Schools’ (JKP, 2012) and ‘The Handbook of Music, Adolescents and Wellbeing’ (OUP, 2019). She is a founder member of the international research network for music therapy with adolescents, and international child and welfare music therapy group.

As well as an editor of the British Journal of Music Therapy, she sits on the advisory board of Approaches, an interdisciplinary journal of music therapy and is a Trustee of the Scottish Music Therapy Trust.

Dr Alison Barrington

Alison Barrington qualified from Roehampton in 1991 and has worked in a number of different clinical settings including schools and day centres with young people and adults with learning disabilities and in palliative care settings with patients and their families coping with end of life and bereavement issues.

Alison was a senior lecturer on the MA Music Therapy course at Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 2005-2015. She has also been an external examiner for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre and Anglia Ruskin University and she has examined PhD work from Anglia Ruskin University and Queen Mary University of London.

Alison’s research interests have focused on the development of the profession in the UK. Her PhD, entitled ‘Music Therapy: A Study in Professionalisation’ was completed in 2005. She has given guest lectures and workshop presentations in the UK and the USA and published articles throughout her career.

She has been an editor for the BJMT since 2014. She currently lives in Chicago where she is primarily working with pre-school children.