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PhD studentship: Development and evaluation of the Person Attuned Musical Interaction in Dementia Manual UK version (PAMI-UK)

Closing date for applications: 14 August 2019

Interview date: 19 August 2019

School / Division: School of Medicine, Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology

Applications are invited from UK/EU for a three-year PhD studentship to develop and evaluate the Person
Attuned Musical Interaction in Dementia Manual UK version (PAMI-UK).

Person Attuned Musical Interaction in Dementia Care, funded by the Velux Foundation, is a four-year study led by the music therapy researchers (Ridder (PI), McDermott, Anderson-Ingstrup and Krøier) in Aalborg University, Denmark ( PAMI aims to promote two-way attuned interactions between care home staff and residents with dementia during daily care as well as during music activities, thus
encouraging further development of their relationships and improving residents’ quality of life. The PhD researcher will work closely with the Aalborg team to learn the core components of PAMI and develop and evaluate the PAMI-UK manual that is culturally appropriate and implementable in UK care home settings.

This study will be conducted and be promoted as a music therapy skill-sharing project. Candidates do not have to be music therapists but need to demonstrate in-depth understanding of music therapy principles and potential importance of music therapy skill-sharing in dementia care. Candidates will have relevant Master’s degree and demonstrate evidence of research outputs.

The studentship will commence on 1st October 2019 and includes payment of fees at the UK/EU rate with a stipend of £ 15,750 in 2019/20 which will rise in line with inflation. The PhD student will have access to a number of research and project-related courses. Training opportunities will include joining in the INTERDEM Academy and presenting at the PhD course at Aalborg University.

This studentship is funded by the Music Therapy Charity. The student will be supervised by Professor Martin Orrell and Dr Orii McDermott, and will be based in the Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology within the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham.

The University of Nottingham is the top 1% of global universities and is ranked eighth in the UK on a measure of
‘research power’, with more than 80% of research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. The University of Nottingham also offers a world-class research training environment for postgraduate students, including an excellent range of support and services.

General information about the Department(s)/Institution(s) can be found at: School of Medicine: Institute of Mental Health:

Further information on the studentship can be obtained from Dr Orii McDermott: (

Applications, with a covering letter, detailed CV (max 5 pages) and the names and email addresses of three academic referees, should be sent as soon as possible by email to Dr McDermott.