Jennifer Nicol

Jennifer Nicol

Associate Professor, Educational Psychology & Special Education

Research areas


music therapy; counselling psychology; coping, health and wellbeing; qualitative research design; arts-based research.

Curriculum Vitae


JENNIFER J. NICOL
Associate Professor
Editor, Canadian Journal of Music Therapy (2010-2014)

EDUCATION:
BMus (British Columbia); BMT (Wilfrid Laurier); MA (British Columbia); PhD (British Columbia).

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS:
Registered Doctoral Psychologist (since 2005, Saskatchewan College of Psychologists)                 

Accredited Music Therapist (since 1992, Canadian Association for Music Therapy)

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Processes that restore or maintain wellbeing are well represented in counselling psychology research; however a unique example exists in the work of Dr Jennifer Nicol, a Canadian counselling psychologist and music therapist.  Her research is driven by two questions: 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, health and wellbeing? Qualitative inquiry has provided the best means for pursuing these interests over the past decade and she is particularly intrigued by innovation in using the arts for knowledge dissemination.  Her interdisciplinary interests are reflected in collaborative research such as AIRS (Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing, SSHRC), CP4PC (Creative Practices for People with Cancer, SHRF), and Therapeutic Singing for Pulmonary Rehabilitation (Lung Association, Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals).  Her independent projects have been funded by the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund. 

TEACHING AREAS:
Counselling Psychology; Qualitative Research.

GRADUATE STUDENTS:

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Dell, C.A., Jenny Gardipy, J., Kirlin, N., Naytowhow, V., & Nicol, J.J. (in press) A Contemporary Take on a Traditional Cultural Knowledge Form.  In E. Comack  Criminalizing Women (2nd Ed) (Editors Elizabeth Comack).  Canada: Fernwood Publishing
  • Goodridge, D., Nicol, J.J., Horvey, K.J., & Butcher, S. (2013) Therapeutic Singing as an Adjunct for Pulmonary Rehabilitation Participants With COPD: Outcomes of a Feasibility Study. Music and Medicine, 5, 169-176
  • 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, The University of Melbourne Refereed E-Journal, Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts, 2(1), 1-25 at http://education.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/1105927/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 https://voices.no/index.php/voices/rt/printerFriendly/250/194
  • Nicol, J.J. (2007). Meaningful Melodies: The Healing Effects of Music Therapy. Chronically Canadian, 2, 30-31.
  • 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.

BOOK REVIEWS:

  • Nicol, J. J. (2012). Book review of Qualitative Inquiry in Clinical and Educational Settings by Danica G. Hays and Anneliese A. Singh. British Journal of Psychology, 103(2), 289–290. doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8295.2012.02103.x
  • 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. (2006). Book review of Susan Hadley’s Psychodynamic Music Therapy Case Studies. Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, XII (1), 161-166.

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 .

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

  • Nicol, J.J. (2014, May).  A Counselling Psychology Perspective on Therapeutic Experiences with Music.  UBC Peter Wall International Research Roundtable May 5-10, 2014 Bending the Knotted Oak: Music Therapy and Music Cognition Research in Management of Neurological Disorders, Vancouver, Canada. See http://www.theknottedoak.pwias.ubc.ca/
  • Gick, M., & Nicol, J.J. (2014, April). Reflections on Singing for Wellbeing and Health: Canadian Perspectives. Sidney de Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, Canterbury Christ Church University, United Kingdom.
  • Nicol, J.J. (2012, October). Music Therapy Reflections on Organology.  Music 474.3, Organology: Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Musical Instruments, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.
  • Goodridge, D., Nicol, J.J., & Eliason, R. (2012, March).  A Different Kind of Breath: Singing to Promote Health for People with COPD.  University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine Integrative Health Seminar, Saskatoon, Canada.
  • Nicol, J.J. (2011, January). Women Experiencing Chronic Illness with the Companionship of Music. Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence Workshop, Saskatoon, Canada.
  • Nicol, J.J. (2010, November). Health, Wellness, Prevention and Counselling Psychology. Inaugural Canadian Counselling Psychology Conference, Montreal, Canada.
  • Baker, T., Bargiel, M., Dileo, C., Kutarna, B., & Nicol, J.J. (2009, May). The Ethical Voice of Music Therapy. Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, Ottawa, Canada.
  • Nicol, J.J. (2005).  Music Therapy and Youth. Inservice for Saskatoon Health Region, Child and Youth Services, Saskatoon, Canada.

SELECT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

  • Nicol, J.J. (2014, March).  Group Singing as a Health Process. Health, Wellness & Society 2014, Vancouver, BC. 
  • Stonehouse, M., & Nicol, J.J. (2013, October).  Inclusive Choirs: Welcoming Youth with Exceptionalities.  Qualitative Health Research 2013, Halifax, NS.
  • McCaw, K., & Nicol, J.J. (2013, June). Disseminating Knowledge with Dance, Advances in Qualitative Methods 2013, Edmonton, AB.
  • Nicol, J.J. & Goodridge, D. (2013, May). Can a therapeutic singing intervention contribute to optimizing outcomes for pulmonary rehabilitation participants? Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, Saskatoon, SK.
  • Emmerson, J., Nicol, J.J., & McIntyre, L.J. (2013, May). Mother and Child Reunion: The experiences of adolescent mothers and their infants in a school-based parent-child music program. Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, Saskatoon, SK.
  • Williams, B., & Nicol, J.J. (2013, May). The Caring Hearts Camp: Music, Youth and Bereavement. Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, Saskatoon, SK.
  • Armstrong, I., & Nicol, J.J. (2013, May). Piano Lessons for Vulnerable Youth: Volunteer Teacher Perspectives. Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, Saskatoon, SK.
  • Emmerson, J., & Nicol, J.J. (2012, August).  Sing Me to Sleep: Aboriginal Resilience and Music. Annual Meeting, Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS).  Charlottetown, UPEI.
  • Kambietz, J., & Nicol, J.J. (2012, June).  Collaboratively Developing Guidelines for using Personal Music Players in the Classroom.  Canadian Psychological Association’s Annual Conference, Halifax, NS.
  • Ksyniuk H., & Nicol, J.J. (2012, June). Music Videos’ Impact on Adolescent Female Body Dissatisfaction and Self-Objectification.  Canadian Psychological Association’s Annual Conference, Halifax, NS.
  • Sandham, T., & Nicol, J.J.  (2012, June). Life After Dance: Stories of Women Transitioning to New Careers. Canadian Psychological Association’s Annual Conference, Halifax, NS.
  • Young, L., & Nicol, J.J. (2011, August).  Perspectives on Singing and Performance in Music Therapy. In F Russo (Chair) Symposium, A Major Collaborative Research Initiative on Singing: Focus on Performance.  International Symposium on Performance Science 2011, Toronto, ON.
  • Stonehouse, M., McCaw, K., & Nicol, J.J.  (2011, July). Qualitative Research Interviews on Singing: First Experiences.  AIRS Annual Meeting, St. John’s, NF 
  • 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.
  • 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 Psychological 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.