Dr. Jennifer Nicol

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External Research Associate University of Saskatchewan Key Interests: music therapy, chronic illness, counselling psychology, gender.

Dr. Jennifer J. Nicol is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education at the University of Saskatchewan . She is also an Accredited Music Therapist and Registered Doctoral Psychologist. Prior to moving to Saskatchewan with her husband and two sons in July 2002, Dr. Nicol worked for British Columbia’s Open University as Program Supervisor of their Master of Music Therapy program, and taught counselling psychology courses as a Sessional Lecturer at the University of British Columbia. She is a former Chair of the Canadian Psychological Association Section on Counselling Psychology, and previously served on the advisory board of the Advanced Music Therapy Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia, as well as on ethics committees for provincial and national music therapy associations.

Uniquely qualified as an Accredited Music Therapist and a Registered Doctoral Psychologist, Dr. Jennifer Nicol is interested in advancing knowledge about the benefits of music, especially therapeutic benefits easily accessed and available for use in everyday life. The following research questions drive her program of research: How does music enhance the actions of everyday life as negotiated across varied circumstances and populations; and secondly, how do spontaneous everyday uses of music extend understanding about coping? Qualitative research has provided the best means for realizing her research interests over the past decade, and Dr. Nicol is particularly intrigued in using different kinds of texts and non-verbal media to convey understanding.

Since becoming a faculty member at the University of Saskatchewan in 2002, Dr. Nicol’s research has been funded by internal monies and well as by a Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation’s New Investigator’s Grant, a Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund Grant, and more recently as a co-investigator on research teams funded by SSHRC (a 7-year major collaborative research initiative titled Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing), SHRF (a phase one group grant titledCreative Practices for People with Cancer), and the Lung Association (a pilot project investigating singing as part of COPD rehabilitation). Dr. Nicol publishes in peer reviewed journals such as Psychology of Music, Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, Creativity Research Journal, VOICES: A World Forum for Music Therapy, Applied Psychology, and The Qualitative Reportas well as publications oriented to the general public (e.g. Chronically Canadian), and presents her work nationally and internationally.