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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 Boards of the Journal of Music Therapy and Music & Science.

Teaching Summary

I contribute to BMedSci A13PPI Patient and Public Involvement Module and supervise BMed Sci third-year projects.

Research Summary

Current 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 (2018-2019) £23,939

Needs of Young People with Dementia (McDermott, Orrell)

The Music Therapy Charity PhD Fellowship grant (2019- ) £70,424

Development and evaluation of the Person Attuned Musical Interaction in Dementia Care Manual UK version (Orrell, McDermott)

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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