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Orii McDermott

Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Orii McDermott is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham. She focuses on dementia psychosocial intervention research; including care home work, supporting people with young onset dementia, music therapy and music-based interventions.

She is the programme manager for H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network "Dementia: Intersectorial Strategy for Training and Innovation Network for Current Technology" (DISTINCT).

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 an Associate Editor for Nordic Journal of Music Therapy and serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Music Therapy, Music & Science and Aging & Mental Health.

She is a recipient of the ICA HEE/NIHR Clinical Academic Post-doctoral Bridging Programme Fellowship (East Midlands).

She co-facilitates the Centre for Dementia PPI group and is a member of School fo Medicine PPI Working Group.

Teaching Summary

PhD supervisor / co-supervisor for four internal and one external PhD students.

Mental Health Research & Practice MSc Dementia module convenor (2023-).

Teaching member of BMedSci Patient and Public Involvement in Research module.

Personal Tutor for BMedSci students.

Research Summary

Current Research Grants

ICA HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme for non-medical healthcare professionals Post-Doctoral Bridging Programme Fellowship (East Midlands) (2021-2022) (McDermott) £14,000

CRN East Midlands Targeted Funding (2021-2022) Communication and cultural needs of care home residents whose first language is not English (McDermott, Orrell) £17,090

NIHR ARC East Midlands Systematic Review Funding (2022-2023) What works well for people from ethnic minority groups living with dementia: a review of their preferences, service needs and models of future practice (McDermott, Orrell) £29,450

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (2022-2024) Preliminary Randomised Evaluation of Singing in Dementia 2024 (PRESIDE 2024) (Schneider, Dowson, Orrell, McDermott) £349,524

The Music Therapy Charity PhD Fellowship grant (2019-2022) Development and evaluation of the Person Attuned Musical Interaction in Dementia Care Manual UK version (Orrell, McDermott) £70,424

The Velux Foundation Human Science Research, Denmark (2015-2022) Person-afstemt interaktion (samspil) i demensomsorgen (Person Attuned Musical Interaction in Dementia Care) (Ridder (PI), McDermott, Ingstrup-Anders, Madsen) 5.680.500 kr.

Past Research

Alzheimer's Society (2019-2021) Randomised Evaluation of Singing in Dementia (Schneider, Orrel, Bath, McDermott, Russell) £150,000

NIHR Research Capability Funding, NHS Nottingham City CCG (2018-2019) Needs of Young People with Dementia (McDermott, Orrell) £23,939

The Music Therapy Charity Large Project Grant (2015) Chorus Research in Dementia (CHORD): an exploratory randomised controlled trial on singing intervention for people with dementia and their family carers (McDermott, Orrell, Maratos, Warner, Eagles & Ridder) £37,963

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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