sound design | composition | performance | pedagogy

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I am fascinated by the interface between disciplines, bridging art and science, while being engaged in discourse that emphasizes cultural, socio-economic, and ethical factors. I would like to use principles developed in the performing arts to promote mental well-being, as well as using cognitive-behavioural therapy and other empirically-validated techniques to treat artists suffering from performance anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses.

  • What occurs at the cognitive and neural level when individuals engage in performance, either as a performer or an audience member?
  • How does our brain plasticity alter over time in response to music education and playing a musical instrument (including voice)?
  • How can clinicians, educators, and even family members effectively support artists who struggle with performance anxiety?
  • How do social environments interact with and exacerbate psychopathologies such as schizophrenia and depression?
  • How do trauma, memory, and vicarious experience have a basis in neuropathology?
  • How can roleplay and other theatrical-based interventions be used to treat individuals with mental illness and provide coping strategies for daily stressors?


  • Music Cognition Lab - L. Cuddy, Queen's University
  • Neuroplasticity Lab - H. Dringenberg, Queen's University
  • Biomotion Lab - N. Troje, Queen's University
  • Cognitive & Psychotic Disorders Lab - C. Bowie, Queen's University
  • SMART Lab - F. Russo, Ryerson University


Perception of motion capture and multimodal recording of performing violinists.  

Dr. Lola Cuddy (Queen's University), Dr. Niko Troje (Queen's University); NSERC. 

We recruited musicians and non-musicians to view full-light and point-light videos of violinists who were recorded in the lab wearing motion capture suits. We are investigating the extent to which visual information and performers' movements influence individuals' judgements and perceptions of musical performance and musicians' expertise.

Jump, jive, or wail: The effect of sensory mode on music-induced movement in response to jazz music

Dr. Lola Cuddy (Queen's University), Dr. Niko Troje (Queen's University). 

Music-Evoked Autobiographical Memories (MEAMs) in patients with Alzheimer's disease

Dr. Lola Cuddy (Queen's University)

Assessing threat responses towards the symptoms and diagnosis of schizophrenia using visual perceptual biases

Dr. Christopher Bowie (Queen's University). see Heenan, A., et al. (2014) in Schizophrenia Research.