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Orii McDermott

Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Orii McDermott, PhD MMT Dip-MT ARCM BA is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham and the Doctoral Programme in Music Therapy, Aalborg University, Denmark. She specialises in dementia psychosocial research: particularly in music therapy and music-based interventions, outcome measure development and evaluation. The Music in Dementia Assessment Scales (MiDAS) that she developed as a doctoral study is currently being translated into six different languages and is used in over twelve countries. She is a HCPC registered music therapist and continues to work as a clinician in Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. She is a member of INTERDEM (Early detection and timely intervention in dementia) and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Music Therapy.

Research Summary

Research grants

The Velux Foundation Human Science Research, Denmark (2015-2019) 5.680.500 kr.

Person-afstemt interaktion (samspil) i demensomsorgen (Person Attuned Musical Interaction in Dementia Care) (Ridder (PI), McDermott, Ingstrup-Anders, Madsen)

NIHR Research Capability Funding, NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group (2018) £23,939

Needs of Young People with Dementia (McDermott, Orrell)

Selected Publications

Past Research

The Music Therapy Charity Large Project Grant (2015) £37,963

Chorus Research in Dementia (CHORD): an exploratory randomised controlled trial on singing intervention for people with dementia and their family carers (McDermott (PI), Orrell, Maratos, Warner, Eagles & Ridder)

Academic award

Mobility PhD Fellow, Doctoral Programme in Music Therapy, Aalborg University (2010-2013)

School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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