Michael H. Thaut, PhD

Professor of Music, Professor of Neuroscience

Curriculum Vitae
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Collaborating Research Units and Organizations (National)

The following organizations have agreed to work in collaboration with MaHRC.

  • Music & Cognition Laboratory, UTM — Glenn Schellenberg
  • Auditory Development Laboratory, UTM — Sandra Trehub
  • Laboratory for Infant Studies, UTS  — Mark Schmuckler
  • Music Cognition Laboratory UTS — Mark Schmuckler
  • Wasser Pain Management Centre — Allan Gordon,
  • Science of Music, Auditory Research and Technology Lab, Ryerson University- Frank Russo
  • MAPLE Lab (Music, Perception, Acoustics and Learning) McMaster University – Michael Schutz
  • Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research, Wilfrid Laurier University. — Heidi Ahonen
  • The Royal Conservatory —  Sean Hutchins
  • Musicians’ Clinics of Canada  — Dr. John Chong
  • Voice Disorders Clinic, St. Michael’s Hospital — Dr. Jennifer Anderson
  • Health, Arts and Humanities Program, University of Toronto — Dr. Allan D. Peterkin
  • Vigour Projects  — Dr. David Alter
  • MEG Lab, Baycrest — Bernhard Ross
  • ERP Lab, Baycrest  — Claude Alain
  • Centre for Memory and Neurotherapeutics, Baycrest. — Dr. Morris Freedman
  • Department of Health, Aging, & Society, McMaster — Dr. Gavin Andrews
  • Room 217 Foundation – Bev Foster
  • The Voice Clinic – Aaron Low
  • Sun Life Movement Disorders Research and Rehabilitation Centre, Laurier University – Quincy Almeida
  • Institute for Life Course and Aging – Lynn MacDonald
  • Quality of Life Research Unit – Rebecca Renwick
  • Vaughan Sound Therapy Centre – Dr. Lili Naghdi
  • St. Michael’s Hospital Neurosciences Research Program – Dr. Tom Schweizer, Dr. Sunit Das, Dr. Corinne Fischer, Dr. Luis  Fornazzari
  • Toronto Western Hospital Krembil Research Institute – Dr. Robert Chen,  Dr. Anthony Lang, Dr. Antonio Strafella
  • Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – Dr. Kara Patterson
  • Department of Speech and Language Pathology – Dr. Pascal van Lieshout


Collaborating Research Units and Organizations (International)

  • University of Colorado Medical Sciences – Dr. Benzi Kluger
  • Colorado State University Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Neuroscience Programs – Dr. Carol Seger, Dr. Patti Davies
  • University of San Diego, Salk Institute of Biological Sciences- Dr. David Peterson

The International Advisory Council
Vera Brandes
Director of the Research Program in Music-Medicine, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, Austria

Jane Edwards, PhD
Director of the Graduate Program in Music Therapy; Assistant Dean, Research of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; and Associate Professor in the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick

Joanne Loewy, DA, LCAT, MT-BC
Director of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine, New York.

Dr. Gottfried Schlaug, MD, PhD
Director of the Neuroimaging Laboratory and Director of the Stroke Recovery Laboratory, Dept. of Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Co-Director of Comprehensive Stroke Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Chief, Cerebrovascular Division, Dept. of Neurology, BIDMC.

Dr. Ralph Spintge MD.
Director of the Department of Algesiology and Interdisciplinary Pain Medicine and the Regional Pain Centre DGS as well as Professor of MusicMedicine at Sportklinik Hellersen, Lüdenscheid University for Music and Drama HfMT Hamburg;
President of the International Society for Music in Medicine;
Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Music & Medicine.

Connie Tomaino, DA, MT-BC, LCAT
Senior Vice-President for Music Therapy at Beth Abraham Health Services, and Executive Director and Co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function in New York.


Lee Bartel, Music Education & Health

Caryl Clark, Musicology

Michelle Colton, Percussion and Rhythm

Amy Clements-Cortes, Music Therapy

Darryl Edwards, Voice Performance

John Haines, Medieval Musicology

Christos Hantzis, Composition

Corene Hurt Thaut, Neurologic Music Therapy

Bina John, Early Childhood Music Education

Midori Koga Piano Pedagogy

Kevin Komisaruk, Music in Palliative Care

Lorna MacDonald, Vocal Performance & Pedagogy

Gillian MacKay, Conducting

Ken McLeod Musicology

Ellen Lockhart, Musicology

David Pell, Brass

Joshua Pilzer, Ethnomusicology

Annette Sanger, Ethnomusicology

Peter Stoll, Clarinet performance

Camille Watts, Flute Performance

Timothy Ying, Chamber Music – Strings



Thenille Braun-Janzen, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Yuko Koshimori, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Sarah Rose Black, PhD, Music in Palliative Care

Charlene Santoni, PhD, Voice Control, Vocal Rehabilitation

Catherine Haire, PhD, CPIN, Neurologic Music Therapy

Cheryl Jones, PhD, CPIN, Neurorehabilitation

Kyurim Kang, PhD, CPIN, Neurologic Music Therapy

Vivek Sharma, PhD, Music Neuroscience

Linnea Thacker, DMA, Performing Arts Medicine

Chelsea Mackinnon, MA, CPIN, Music Neuroscience

Julia Beth Kowaleski, MA, CPIN, Neurologic Music Therapy

Joorang Kang, MA, CPIN, Music Learning

Veronica Vuong, MA, Research Assistant

Sophia Christopher, MA, Research Assistant

Shannon Duane, MA, Research Assistant





Heidi Ahonen, PhD, MTA. Professor of Music Therapy at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Claude Alain, PhD. Assistant Director and Senior Scientist of the Rotman Research Institute at the Baycrest Centre

Quincy Almeida, PhD. Director, Sun Life Movement Disorders Research & Rehab Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Dr. David Alter, MD, PhD, FRCPC. Cardiologist, Senior Scientist in the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

Dr. Jennifer Anderson, MD, FRCSC. St Michael’s Hospital, Otolaryngologist in Chief, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

Gavin Andrews, PhD. Professor, Department of Health, Aging, & Society, McMaster University.

Dr. John Axler, MD, CCFP. Director of Continuing Education Projects for the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto.

Katherine M. Boydell, PhD. Senior Scientist and Scientific Dir of Qualitative Inquiry, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, The Hospital for Sick Children.

Dr. Davor Cepo, DC. Wasser Pain Management Centre, Mount Sinai Hospital

Tom Chau, PhD. Vice Pres, Research – Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab; Director – Bloorview Research Inst; Canada Res Chair in Paediatric Rehab Eng

Dr. Joseph Chen, MD, FRCSC. Otolaryngologist-in-Chief at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; Associate Professor, University of Toronto.

Dr. John Chong, MD, CGPP, ABIME, FACPM, FRCPC, DOHS, ARCT. Medical Director of Musicians’ Clinics of Canada.

Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD. MTA, MT-BC, FAMI. Senior Music Therapist, Baycrest Centre; Assistant Professor of Music, U of T

Angela Colantonio PhD. Prof, Dept of Occup Sci & Occup Therapy, Dalla Lana Sch of Pub Health; Grad Dept of Rehab Sc, Fac of Med, U of T

Karen Davis, PhD. Prof. Surgery; Head, Div of Brain, Imaging and Behaviour – Systems Neuroscience, Tor Western Res Inst, UHN

Dr. Norman Doidge, MD, FRCP(C). MACPsa. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, UT, CAMH Clarke Institute Division.

Colleen Dockstader, PhD. Assistant Professor, Human Biology Program, University of Toronto.

Michael J Evans, PhD. Professor of theoretical statistics and biostatistics, U of T, cross-appointment to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Joaquin Farias PhD. Director of the Neuroplastic Training Institute. Toronto

Corinne Fischer, MD, Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital, Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine, UofT

Luis Fornazzari, MD, St. Michael’s Hospital

Dr. Morris Freedman MD FRCP(C). Exec Medical Dir Centre for Memory and Neurotherapeutics; Medical Dir of the Ross Memory Clinic at Baycrest

Shari Geller, PhD.  Clinical Psychologist; Faculty in Health Psychology, York University;

Dr. Allan Gordon, MD, FRCP(C) Clinical Neurologist and Director of the Wasser Pain Management Centre, Mount Sinai Hospital.

Jessica Grahn, PhD Assistant Professor at the Centre for Brain and Mind in the Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario.

Christine Guptill PhD, OT, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta

Robert Harrison, PhD. Senior Scientist in Otolaryngology, Neurosciences & Mental Health, and Auditory Science at Sick Children’s Hospital

Gabriela Ilie, PhD. Lecturer, Department of Psychology, UTS; Post-Doc St. Michael Hospital, Neurosurgery, Injury Prevention Office and CAMH

Pia Kontos, PhD. Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute; Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Aaron J. Low, MSc.   Speech-Language Pathologist, The Voice Clinic, Toronto.

Renee Lyons, PhD, Scientific Dir, Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation; Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at Uof T.

Lynn McDonald, PhD. Prof, Faculty of Social Work; Dir, Inst for the Life Course and Aging; Scientific Dir, National Initiative for Care of the Elderly

Patricia McKeever, PhD. Sen Scientist, Bloorview Kids Fndn Chair in Childhood Disability Studies, Bloorview Research Institute; Prof, Fac of Nursing

Dr. Henry Moller, MD, DABSM, FRCPC. Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; Toronto Sleep Clinics.

Sylvain Moreno, PhD Simon Fraser University, School of Engineering Science.

Kristine Newman, RN, CRN(C), PhD. Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University.

Dr. Allan Peterkin, MD FRCP(C) FCFP Assoc Prof, Psychiatry and Fam Medicine, U of T; Coord, Narrative Medicine & Humanities Prog, Mt Sinai Hosp;

Dr. Larry M. Picard, MD. FRCP(C). Clinical Neurologist, Wasser Pain Management Centre, Mount Sinai Hospital.

Rebecca Renwick, PhD. Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy; Director of the Quality of Life Research Unit

Larry E. Roberts, PhD. Professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour at McMaster University.

Bernard Ross, PhD. Senior Scientist at Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Centre and Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Biophysics.

Frank Russo, PhD. Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Ryerson University; Director, Science of Music, Auditory Research and Tech Lab.

Glenn Schellenberg, PhD. Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto. Director, Music & Cognition Laboratory, UTM

Michael Schutz, PhD Assist Prof of Music, McMaster Univ; Dir, MAPLE (Music, Acoustics, Perception, and LEarning) Lab. Core member, MIMM;

Tom Schweizer, PhD, Director, Neuroscience Research Program, St. Michael’s Hospital, Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine, UofT

Corene Thaut, PhD, NMT, MT-BC, Associate Professor of Music ARTEZ Conservatory (NL), Assistant Professor of Music UofT

Sandra Trehub, PhD.   Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto; Director, Auditory Development Laboratory, UTM

Lidan You, PhD. Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto.


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Researchers seeking MaHRC membership must submit their full curriculum vitae, a letter of intent, and two letters of sponsorship from current MaHRC Members to the Director of MaHRC.

Organizations seeking membership must be sponsored by one of MaHRC’s Members, and must be working on or planning a research project that is within the mandate of MaHRC.

Post-doctoral Fellows and Graduate Students seeking membership must be sponsored by one of MaHRC’s Members, and must be working on a research project that is within the mandate of the Collaboratory.