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KATIE ROSE M. SANFILIPPO

 

ABOUT ME

From a young age, I have been interested in the potential impact music has on us and our health. I have undergraduate degrees in psychology and music, an MSc in Music Mind and Brain and am currently a research fellow at the Centre for Healthcare Innovation Research at City, University of London. I am also an affiliated lecturer in the Centre for Music and Science at the University of Cambridge. My research interests concern the perception, function and application of music, especially within various special populations (pregnancy, marginalised communities) and across different cultural and clinical contexts.  I am experienced in interdisciplinary collaboration, international project management, public engagement, and research design and analysis. I also have experience working in the charity sector, developing course material, teaching, supervision and grant writing.

 

EDUCATION

March 2020

PHD PSYCHOLOGY

GOLDSMITHS, UOL

Dissertation: Developing a community-led music intervention to support antenatal mental health in The Gambia
Supervisors: Prof Lauren Stewart and Prof Vivette Glover

September 2015

MSC MUSIC, MIND AND BRAIN

GOLDSMITHS, UOL

Thesis: Creating Together: How improvisation in music affects social bonding
Supervisors: Prof Lauren Stewart, Dr Jacques Launay and Dr Eiluned Pearce

May 2013

BA MUSIC

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY

Emphasis: Choral conducting & Vocal performance
Supervisors: Dr Karl Snider and Dr Mary Breden

May 2013

BA PSYCHOLOGY

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY

Honours Thesis: Benefits and risks of the college experience: Multiple roles and identities in double majors
Supervisor: Dr Adam Fingerhut

 

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

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COMMUNITY HEALTH INTERVENTIONS THROUGH MUSICAL ENGAGEMENT (CHIME) FOR PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH

CHIME for Perinatal Mental Health is a collaborative project working to investigate how embedded musical practices might be developed to support perinatal mental health in The Gambia. This project has partnerships with local government agencies, international academic partners and funding from the Medical Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. We are working to extend this project to other countries including South Africa and Southern India where CHIME might help create low-cost, non-stigmatizing, and culturally appropriate perinatal mental health interventions.

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COLLABORATIVE INSIGHTS: COLLABORATIVE INSIGHTS: INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES ON MUSICAL CARE THROUGHOUT THE LIFE COURSE

Collaborative Insights provides new perspectives informed by interdisciplinary thinking on musical care throughout the life course. In this book, volume editors Katie Rose M. Sanfilippo and Neta Spiro define musical care as the role that music - music listening as well as music-making - plays in supporting any aspect of people's developmental or health needs, for example physical and mental health, cognitive and behavioural development, and interpersonal relationships. Musical care is relevant to several types of music, approach, and setting, and through the introduction of that new term musical care, the authors prioritise the element of care that is shared among these otherwise diverse contexts and musical activities, celebrating the nuanced interweaving of theory and practice.

The multifaceted nature of musical care requires reconciling perspectives and expertise from different fields and disciplines. This book shows interdisciplinary collaboration in action by bringing together music practitioners and researchers to write each chapter collaboratively to discuss musical care from an interdisciplinary perspective and offer directions for future work. The life course structure, from infancy to end of life, highlights the connections and themes present in approach, context, and practices throughout our lives. Thus, the book represents both the start of a conversation and a call to action, inspiring new collaborations that provide new insights to musical care in its many facet

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PERCEPTIONS IN PREGNANCY

This project investigates potential changes in women’s perception of affective vocalisations, such as laughing and crying, and emotional music during pregnancy and after birth. It uses the Oxford Vocal ‘OxVoc’ Sounds database and the Geneva Musical Emotions Scales. We aim to extend this work to understand potential changes in emotional sound perception in pregnancy across cultures. This project is in collaboration with Prof Lauren Stewart (Goldsmiths, UoL), Prof Vivette Glover (Imperial College London) and Dr Christine Parsons (Aarhus University).

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DO THE SHUFFLE: EXPLORING REASONS FOR MUSIC LISTENING THROUGH SHUFFLED PLAY

This project capitalises on the ubiquity of personal music devices and the shuffle function to test a new method and explore why people download and listen to music and which aspects of the music listening experience are prioritised when people talk about tracks on their device. This project collected people’s descriptions of randomly selected music on their device and has created an interactive visualization of these descriptions. This project is in collaboration with Dr Neta Sprio (Royal College of Music), Dr Miguel Molina-Solana (Imperial College London) and Prof Alex Lamont (Keele University).

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IMPACT AND EVALUATION FOR MUSIC AND HEALTH CHARITIES

I have worked with Choirs Beating Time to evaluate the impact of their choir in prisons programme and Age UK to evaluate the impact of their Oxford choir on participants feelings of loneliness. For both, I developed the evaluation method, collected and analysed the data, and produced a report. 

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SHARED UNDERSTANDING IN MUSIC THERAPY

Previous case studies of professional jazz improvisers and a chamber duo suggest that fully shared understanding of what happens may not be essential to collaborative music-making. This project investigates the extent these findings generalize to joint music-making in music therapy settings. This project is in collaboration with Dr Neta Spiro (Royal College of Music) and Prof Michael Schober (New School for Social Research).

More info coming soon