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Monika Geretsegger

Senior Researcher

+47 56 10 72 30
+47 469 28 297
Nina Griegs gt. 4, 5015 Bergen, Norway

I am a certified music therapist and clinical and health psychologist, working as Senior Researcher at GAMUT – The Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research Centre, a twin centre regulated by an agreement of collaboration between the University of Bergen and NORCE.

My key qualifications are in research on the effectiveness and applicability of music interventions in mental health, and on determinants of mental health and well-being in children and adults.

I have expertise and experience in leading international research groups, and my work has been published in international journals within and beyond the music therapy field, including the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. I currently serve as Managing Editor of the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy.

I received my PhD from the Doctoral Programme in Music Therapy, Aalborg University, Denmark, in 2015. With a broad academic background (Master level qualifications in psychology, music therapy, and linguistics, as well as an academic study in interdisciplinary communication) and extensive clinical expertise in the fields of adult mental health and autism spectrum conditions, I am especially interested in interdisciplinary research, and more recently also in participatory approaches and user engagement in research.

Monika Geretsegger


Health & Social Sciences

Research themes

Children's Mental Health
Music Therapy
Health services

Research Groups

GAMUT – Music Therapy

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Demographic and clinical profile of residents living with dementia and depressive symptoms in Australian private residential aged care: Data from the Music Interventions for Dementia and Depression in ELderly care (MIDDEL) cluster-randomised controlled trial – Australasian Journal on Ageing 2022
Music therapy for autistic people – Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2022
Rhythmic Relating: Bidirectional Support for Social Timing in Autism Therapies – Frontiers in Psychology 2022
Clinical effectiveness of music interventions for dementia and depression in elderly care (MIDDEL): Australian cohort of an international pragmatic cluster-randomised controlled trial – The Lancet Healthy Longevity 2022
Effectiveness of music therapy for autism spectrum disorder, dementia, depression, insomnia and schizophrenia: update of systematic reviews – European Journal of Public Health 2021
The Capability Approach in research about children and childhood: A scoping review. – Child Indicators Research 2020
Developing consensus description of group music therapy characteristics for persons with dementia – Nordic journal of music therapy 2020
Enhancing the efficacy of integrative improvisational music therapy in the treatment of depression: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial – Trials 2019
Music Interventions for Dementia and Depression in ELderly care (MIDDEL): Protocol and statistical analysis plan for a multinational cluster-randomised trial – BMJ Open 2019
Treatment fidelity in a music therapy multi-site cluster randomized controlled trial for people living with dementia: The MIDDEL project intervention fidelity protocol – The Journal of music therapy 2019
Music therapy and other music-based interventions in pediatric health care: An overview – Medicines 2019
Perspectives on research and clinical practice in music therapy for older people with depression – 2018
For what it's worth...: Determining the value of music therapy - An example from Austria – 2017
International multicentre randomised controlled trial of improvisational music therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder: TIME-A study – Health Technology Assessment 2017
Tracing the temporal stability of autism spectrum diagnosis and severity as measured by the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule: A systematic review and meta-analysis – PLOS ONE 2017
Effects of improvisational music therapy vs enhanced standard care on symptom severity among children with autism spectrum disorder: The TIME-A randomized clinical trial – Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) 2017
Music therapy for people with schizophrenia and schizophrenia-like disorders – Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017
Feasibility of a trial on improvisational music therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder – The Journal of music therapy 2016
Common characteristics of improvisational approaches in music therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder: Developing treatment guidelines – The Journal of music therapy 2015
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