Dr Georgia Pike

B.A (ANU), Dip.Ed (Monash), Ph.D (ANU)
Visiting Fellow

Biography

Georgia is a trans-disciplinary researcher and practitioner, working across music, community outreach, health and wellbeing, and education. She became a Visiting Fellow of RSPH in 2018, and in 2020 joined the research team evaluating Peer-STOC, a peer working hospital-to-home program funded by NSW Health, with Dr Michelle Banfield. Georgia is also a co-director of the Music Engagement Program, a community music outreach program developed in Canberra that is spreading internationally. Other selected projects include: a collaboration with Dr Amelia Gulliver to evaluate the impact of the Music Engagement Program on the wellbeing of individuals living with Alzheimer's disease and dementia in a residential care facility: with researchers in New Zealand, assessing the impact of community outreach singing on the mental health and wellbeing of high school students. She is an Early Career Fellow of University House at ANU, and External Examiner to the Community Music Honours degree at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and on the editorial board for a new international academic journal of Music Health and Wellbeing. In 2020 she was successful in winning a National Library of Australia research fellowship exploring the community singing movement in interwar Australia, and its perceived role in community cohesion and wellbeing. 

Research

Research interests

  • Music and Wellbeing
  • Music and Ageing
  • Music in the care of people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Intergenerational music for wellbeing
  • Professional development for teachers and care workers
  • Mental health and wellbeing of children and teenagers
  • Community Outreach