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Designing and testing a musical instrument application with in-patients for hand rehabilitation following stroke

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Research Area: Music therapy

[[Designing and testing a musical instrument application with in-patients for hand rehabilitation following stroke]]

This three-year PhD studentship will be supported by Professor Jorg Fachner, Dr Alex Street, and Dr Domenico Vicinanza, across the faculties of science and engineering, and arts, humanities and social science. It will culminate in the production and clinical testing of a music-based touchscreen app for the rehabilitation of hand function following stroke.

In order to meet the current need for more effective, cost efficient upper limb rehabilitation, and increase treatment dosage for patients, the researcher will review all relevant literature before employing a suitable methodology to work with stroke in-patients, their relatives and health professionals on key design points for the app. This will ensure optimum accessibility and functionality, potentially enabling patient self-delivery on stroke wards, with secure data collection and analysis.

Access to patients will be through Dr Alex Street, who designs, delivers and supervises projects with stroke in-patients using technology in and around Cambridgeshire. This will enable design consultation and, later, feasibility testing once the app is programmed with a sufficient number of exercises. The researcher will be in direct contact with adults on a ward who have had a stroke, their relatives and health professionals delivering medical care and rehabilitation. Dr Street also works with external health technology organisations, who will be able to link in with the project. Full, regional ethical approval will be required prior to conducting this research.

This doctoral research would suit, but is not limited to, music therapy clinicians with experience and specialist knowledge in neurorehabilitation, and/or who are familiar with music apps and other technology; software engineers and programmers who have an interest, or experience, in digital health technology and music.

How to apply

To apply, you’ll need: A first class bachelor’s degree or a 2:1 bachelor’s degree and a masters at merit level or above. Equivalent awards will be considered. Qualifications must be relevant for the particular studentship you are applying for.

You can apply online via our Vice Chancellor’s PhD Studentships page ( Under each project description you will find a link to the application form.

Full details of the application process and terms and conditions can be found on the above- page

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