Dr. Jennifer A.J. Nicol
Associate Professor, Graduate Chair, Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education; and Associate Member, Women and Gender Studies. Editor, Canadian Journal of Music Therapy.
BMus (British Columbia); BMT (Wilfrid Laurier); MA (British Columbia); PhD (British Columbia).
Registered Doctoral Psychologist (since 2005, Saskatchewan College of Psychologists) Accredited Music Therapist (since 1992, Canadian Association for Music Therapy)
As an Accredited Music Therapist and a Registered Doctoral Psychologist, I am interested in the applied psychology of music, i.e., health, wellbeing and the music activities of everyday life (e.g., listening and singing). The following research questions drive my 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 my research interests over the past decade, and I am particularly intrigued in using different kinds of texts and non-verbal media to convey understanding and disseminate knowledge.
I’m currently involved with three funded projects with opportunities for student involvement:
- Advancing Interdisciplinary Research on Singing, Singing & Health team leader - see http://www.airsplace.ca/about
- Singing and COPD Rehabilitation - see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79H9FVWeAHQ)
- Creative Practices for People with Cancer - see http://www.shrf.ca/funding/recipient/2674/elizabeth-quinlan/?search=CP4PC
Theory and Practice of Counselling Psychology; Qualitative Research Methodologies.
Tricia Sandham (MEd, 2012). Thesis Title: Elite Adolescent Female Dancers Experiencing the Loss of a Professional Dream
Jolee Kambeitz (MEd, 2011). Thesis Title: Collaboratively Developing Guidelines for Using Personal Music Players in the Classroom
Heather Agnew Ksynuik (MEd, 2011). Thesis Title: “Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?” – Examining the impact of music videos on young adolescent girls’ body dissatisfaction and self-objectification
Tara Labuik (MEd,2010). Personal creative activity, male chronic illness and perceived stress: An exploratory study. See http://library2.usask.ca/theses/available/etd-09132010-124024/
Misha Davison (MEd, 2009). Returning to the Well: An Inquiry into Women’s Experiences in
Community-Based Expressive Movement Classes. See http://library2.usask.ca/theses/available/etd-02182009-191151/
Gisèle Lalonde (MEd, 2009 ). Singing
for Identity, Relationship, Wellbeing and Strength: Three
Francophone Girls Negotiate Adolescence, Gender and Minority
Identity. See http://library2.usask.ca/theses/available/etd-11112009-213526/
Angela-Elizabeth-Grace Wlasenko (MEd, 2009). The Good Grief Workshop: A Case Study. See http://library2.usask.ca/theses/available/etd-03312009-103510/
Sarah Friesen (MEd, 2008). Thesis Title: Dancing Through High School: The Experiences of High School Girls Engaged in Elite Dancing Training. See http://library2.usask.ca/theses/available/etd-07142008-082034/
Kim MacKinnon (MEd, 2008) Thesis Title: Between a rock and a hard place: A qualitative investigation of the
experience of accessing counselling. See http://library2.usask.ca/theses/available/etd-04172008-232423/
Karen Lloyd (MEd, 2007) Thesis Title: Maskosis the healing journey of Little Bear : a narrative analysis of the life of an Aboriginal man with quadriplegia See http://library2.usask.ca/theses/available/etd-03062008-130729/
Joni Wiebe (MEd, 2007) Thesis Title: ADHD, the Classroom and Music: A Case Study. See http://library2.usask.ca/theses/available/etd-09162007-165847/
Jacqueline Rhinas (MEd, 2006) Thesis Title: Resiliency in the Face of Interparental Violence: A Qualitative Study. See http://library2.usask.ca/theses/available/etd-08182006-110721/
Gerri Siemens (MEd, 2006) Thesis Title: Adolescent Girls’ Experiences of Music Listening and Romance. See http://library2.usask.ca/theses/available/etd-08212006-140710/
Chelaine Woodcock (MEd., 2005) Thesis Title: School Counsellor Narratives of Development. See http://library2.usask.ca/theses/available/etd-05042005-141934/
Gwen Chappell (MEd., 2005) Thesis Title: The Journeyman Musician, The Phoenix, and the Spiritual Musician: Experiences of Combining Music with Salaried Employment. See http://library2.usask.ca/theses/available/etd-03312005-184310/
Deb Roth (MEd., 2004) Thesis Title: Adult Reflections on Childhood Verbal Abuse. See
Jocelyne Leham (MEd Candidate). Thesis Title: Stigma and Women’s Experiences with the Maternal Mental Health Program
Marieke Blom (MEd Candidate). Thesis Title: Singing as a Means to Enhance Mother-Child Attachment
Jean Emmerson (PhD Candidate). Thesis Title: “Mama Music”: Using Music to Promote Health and Harmony in the Lives of Adolescent Mothers and Their Children
Mary Stonehouse (MEd Candidate). Thesis Title: Integrative Choirs
Ivy Armstrong (MEd Candidate). Thesis Title: Piano Lessons for Children-At-Risk of Leaving School: Teacher Perceptions
Sincore, , A., Borgen, B., Daniluk, D., Kassan, A., Long, B.C., & Nicol, J.J. (2011). Canadian Counselling Psychologists' Contributions to Applied Psychology. Canadian Psychology. 5(4), 276-288.
Young, L., & Nicol, J.J. (2011). Perspectives on singing and performance in music therapy. International Symposium on Performance Science, 129-134 at http://www.legacyweb.rcm.ac.uk/cache/fl0026688.pdf
Clift, S., Nicol, J.J., Raisbeck, M., Whitmore, C., & Morrison, I. (2010). Group singing, wellbeing and health: A systematic mapping of research evidence. UNESCO Observatory, faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne Refereed E-Jounral, Multi-Discplinary research in the Arts, 2(1), 1-25 at http://www.abp.unimelb.edu.au/unesco/ejournal/pdf/clift-paper.pdf)
Nicol, J.J. (2010). Body, time, space and relationship in the music listening experiences of women with chronic illness, Psychology of Music, 38(3), 351-367.
Nicol, J.J. (2009). Managing chronic illness with the companionship of music. In J. Gallivan and S. Cooper (Eds.), Pathways, bridges and havens: Psychosocial determinants of women's health (pp. 147-159). Sydney, Canada: Cape Breton University Press.
Nicol, J.J. (2008). Creating Vocative Texts. The Qualitative Report, 13 (3), 316-333 at http://www.nova.edu/ssss/QR/QR13-3/nicol.pdf
Wiebe, J., & Nicol, J.J. (2007). Juxtaposition: ADHD and Music in School. Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, 13(2), 171-173.
Young, R.A., & Nicol, J.J. (2007). Counselling Psychology in Canada: Advancing Psychology for All. Applied Psychology: International Review, 56(1), 20-32.
Nicol, J.J. (2006). Me Making Music, Music Making Me: Unexpected Travels in Music and Music Therapy. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 6(2) at http://www.voices.no/mainissues/mi40006000210.html
Nicol, J.J. (1998). Valuing the Practice of Music Therapy: Possibilities with Action Research. Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, VI, 52-62.
Nicol, J.J., & Long, B.C. (1996). Creativity and Perceived Stress of Female Music Therapists and Hobbyists. Creativity Research Journal, 9, 1-10.
Nicol, J.J. (in press). Book review of Qualitative inquiry in clinical and educational settings by Danica G. Hays and Anneliese A. Singh, British Journal of Psychology
Nicol, J.J. (2010). Critique de Livre, Perspectives féministes en musicothérapie. Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, 16(1 ),1999-205
Nicol, J.J. (2007). Book review of Susan Hadley’s Feminist Perspectives in Music Therapy. Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, XIV (1), 98-103.
Nicol, J.J. (2007). Meaningful Melodies: The Healing Effects of Music Therapy. Chronically Canadian, 2, 30-31.
Nicol, J.J. (2006). Book review of Susan Hadley’s Psychodynamic Music Therapy Case Studies. Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, XII (1), 161-166.
Nicol, J.J. (2006). A Short Meditation on Collaboration: The Word, Its Meaning, Its Necessary Conditions. The Drumbeat: A Quarterly Newsletter for the Music Therapy Association of British Columbia, 7(2), 6.
Nicol, J.J. (2003). Inherent in music therapy … beauty. The Drumbeat: A Quarterly Newsletter for the Music Therapy Association of British Columbia, 4(1), 7-8.
SELECT FUNDING INFORMATION:
R. Thomas-MacLean & E. Quinlan (Co-Principal Investigators) and co-investigators including Nicol, J.J. (2011-2013, $60,000). Creative Practices for People with Cancer (CP4PC), SHRF Phase I Group Grant
Goodridge, D. (Principal Investigator) and co-investigators including Nicol, J.J. (2010-2011, $20,031.50), Can a therapeutic singing intervention contribute to optimizing outcomes for pulmonary rehabilitation participants? The Lung Association, Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals.
Cohen, A. (Principal Investigator) and co-investigators including Nicol, J.J. (2009-2016, $2,298,474.00), Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Major Collaborative Research Initiative.
Nicol, J.J. (2007, $7,104.00). Meeting Youth in Music. Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund.
Nicol, J.J. (2005-2007, $57,130.00). Solitary Music Listening as a Social Process for Women Living with Chronic Illness. Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation New Investigators Establishment Grant.
Nicol, J.J. (2004-2006, $10,000.00). Ethical dilemmas in qualitative research: Negotiating the Qualitative Researcher-Participant Relationship. University of Saskatchewan College of Education John Ranton McIntosh Research Grant .
SELECT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:
Arnason, C., Nicol, J.J., & Schenstead, A. (2011, May). Arts-based Inquiry in Music Therapy: Staying True to our Artistic Centres, 2011 Canadian Association for Music Therapy Annual Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Nicol, J.S., & Nicol, J.J. (2011, April) Special “A”: Bringing Together the Disability and the Arts Communities. 2011 Society for Arts and Health Care Annual Conference, San Francisco.
Nicol, J.J. (2010, November). Hermeneutic Phenomenology and Counselling Psychology: Opportunities for Congruence in Our Practice and in Our Research. Inaugural Canadian Counselling Psychology Conference, Montreal, QC.
Campbell, P.S., Heydon, R., Nicol, J.J., Gick, M., Rose, A., & Baldacchino, G. (2010, August). Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS): Part II Beyond Development --- Education and Well-Being. 11th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Seattle, USA..
Nicol, J.J. & Lalonde, G. (2010, June). Singing, Resiliency and Identity: Three Adolescent Francophone Girls’ Stories of Singing. Pathways to Resilience II: The Social Ecology of Resilience, Halifax, Canada.
Nicol, J.J. (2009, October). Reflecting on the Personal Narrative: Scholarly, therapeutic and Aesthetic Intersection. Advances in Qualitative Methods Conference, Vancouver, Canada.
Nicol, J.J. (2009, June). Exploring Alternative Ways to Represent Findings and Disseminate Knowledge. First Annual Conference of Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing, Charlottetown, Canada.
Wilson, T. & Nicol, J.J. (2009 May). Life After Dance: Examining the Transitions of Young Women to New Careers. Annual Conference of the Canadian Counselling Association, Saskatoon, Canada.
Nicol, J.J. (2009, May). A Method for Everyone: Qualitative Research and Music Therapy. Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, Ottawa, Canada.
Baker, T., Bargiel, M., Dileo, C., Kutarna, B., & Nicol, J.J. (2009). The Ethical Voice of Music Therapy. Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, Ottawa, Canada.
Nicol, J.J. (2008, October). The Role of Solitary Music Listening in Women’s Adjustment to Chronic Illness. Qualitative Health Research Conference, Banff, Canada.
Nicol, J.J. (2008, August). Introduction to Singing and Wellbeing. In A. Cohen (Co-Chair) & M. Adachi (Co-Chair), 1st AIRS International Expert Workshop Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing: Development, Pedagogy, Wellbeing Themes and Variations. Symposium conducted at 10th International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition, Sapporo, Japan.
Nicol, J.J. (2008, August). Solitary Music Listening as a Social Process in Chronic Illness. Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association, Boston, USA.
Nicol, J.J., & Lalonde, G. (2008, July). A Grounded Theory Inquiry of Solitary Music Listening as a Social Process, XII World Congress of Music Therapy, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Nicol, J.J. (2008, June). Women Managing Illness with the Companionship of Music. Pre-conference workshop of Canadian Psychology Association, Determinants of Women’s Health: A Holistic Approach to Understanding Women’s Psychological and Physical Well-Being, Halifax, Canada.
Wlasenko, A., & Nicol, J.J. (2008, May). Bereaved Children and the Creative Arts: The Good Grief Workshop. Association for Death Education and Counselling Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada.
Nicol, J.J., & Martin, S. (2007). Using Software Data Analysis Programs In Team-Based Health Research. Annual Advances in Qualitative Methods Conference, Banff, BC, September 2007.
Nicol, J.J., Lalonde, G., Davison, M., & Wlasenko, A. (2007). Using the Creative Arts to Connect with Clients: Theory, Practice and Reflection. Presentation abstract published in Proceedings of the 2007 National Conference of CCA/BCACC (pp.40-41). Vancouver, BC, May 2007.
Rhinas, J.D., & Nicol, J.J. (2006). Understanding the Journey to Healthy Intimate Relationships. RESOLVE Saskatchewan Research Day, Saskatoon, SK, November 2006
Rhinas, J.D., & Nicol, J.J. (2006). Resiliency in the Face of Interparental Violence: A Qualitative Study. Annual Conference of the Canadian Psychological Association, Calgary, AB, June 2006
Nicol, J.J. (2006). Scholarly and Therapeutic Intersections in the Personal Narrative. The 2006 Narrative Matters Conference, Wolfville, NS, May 2006.
Nicol, J.J., & Rhinas, J.D. (2005). Feminist Ethics and Qualitative Researcher-Participant Relationships. Canadian Psychological Association’s Annual Conference Pre-Convention Workshop, Qualitative Research and Women: Process and Content. Montreal, PQ, June 2005.
Siemens, G., & Nicol, J.J. (2005). Adolescent Girls’ Experiences of Music Listening and Romance. Annual Conference of the Canadian Psychological Association, Montreal, PQ, June 2005.
Woodcock, C.L., & Nicol, J.J. (2005). Counsellor Development in the School Setting: A Narrative Inquiry. Annual Conference of the Canadian Pyschological Association, Montreal, PQ, June 2005.
Nicol, J.J., & Killoran, S. (2005). Music Therapy and Canadian Youth: National Survey Results. Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, Winnipeg, MB, May 2005.
Nicol, J.J. (2005). Creating Vocative Texts. Annual Advances in Qualitative Methods Conference, Edmonton, AB, February 2005.
Nicol, J.J., & Robinson, S. (2004). What is Research? Annual Stirling McDowell Learning From Practice Conference, Saskatoon, SK, November 2004.
Nicol, J.J. (2003). Social Support Without Human Contact? Reconsidering the Social Support Construct. Annual conference of the Western Psychological Association, Vancouver, BC, May 2003.
Nicol, J.J. (1999). Music Listening in the Context of Illness: Into Relationship and Towards Adjustment. Annual Conference of the Canadian Psychological Association, Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 1999.
Nicol, J.J. (1998). Women Listening to Music in the Context of Illness. Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA, August 1998.
Nicol, J.J. (1998). Knowing What We Do--An Action Research Workshop for Music Therapists. Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, Montreal, Quebec, May 1998.
Nicol, J.J., Hall, W., & Long, B.C. (1997). Gender as one predictor of role quality and health for dual-earner parents. Fifth National Health Promotion Research Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 1997.
Nicol, J.J. (1996). A Stress Management Workshop: Women at Work. Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, Calgary, Alberta, May 1996.
Nicol, J.J. (1993). Creativity and Stress Levels in Female Musicians. First North American Music Therapy Conference, Toronto, Ontario, October 1993.
Nicol, J.J. (1991). Music Therapy and Adolescents. B.C. Chapter of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy Mini-Conference, Vancouver, BC, November 1991.
Nicol, J.J. (1990). Alzheimer's Disease: Finding the Right Musical Matrix. Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, Waterloo, ON, May 1991.