Dr Georgia Pike

Visiting Fellow

Biography

My research focusses on the interdisciplinary space of music, community and wellbeing. With a background in the Arts, Education and the Humanities, I regularly collaborate with researchers and practitioners in mental health, ageing, occupational therapy, education and medicine. Current projects include: a longitudinal study of teachers' wellbeing and agency through professional development with the Music Engagement Program, collaborating with Lillian Smyth of the ANU Medical School; Evaluation of the impact of the Music Engagement Program approaches to individuals living with Alzheimer's disease and dementia in a residential care facility; an international Australia – New Zealand project, collaborating with researchers from Charles Sturt University, Otago University and the Southern Institute of Technology, surveying whole-year cohorts of students at a High School in Invercargill, NZ, all of whom attend a number of intergenerational singing outreach visits to a local aged-care facility.  The students are surveyed to assess the impact on their mental health, wellbeing and sense of belonging and agency within their community. I am also an Early Career Fellow of University House at ANU, and an External Examiner to the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

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