Leaders in Conversation

Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson, AM and Asami Koike (RMT)

in conversation on the topic of Indigenous and Diasporic Perspectives on Trauma

Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson AM

Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson is a Jiman (central west Queensland) and Bundjalung (northern New South Wales) woman, with Anglo-Celtic and German heritage. Her academic contributions to the understanding of trauma related issues stemming from the violence of colonisation and the healing/recovery of Indigenous peoples from such trauma has won her the Carrick Neville Bonner Award in 2006 for her curriculum development and innovative teaching practice. In 2011 she was awarded the Fritz Redlick Memorial Award for Human Rights and Mental Health from the Harvard University program for refugee trauma. Her book ‘Trauma Trails – Recreating Songlines: The transgenerational effects of trauma in Indigenous Australia’, provides context to the life stories of people who have been moved from their country in a process that has created trauma trails, and the changes that can occur in the lives of people as they make connection with each other and share their stories of healing.

Asami Koike (RMT)

Asami Koike is a registered music therapist and yoga teacher with experience in working with young people affected by trauma. In 2015, she successfully introduced and implemented a music therapy program at Melbourne City Mission's Frontyard Youth Services, and in 2019, developed a broader trauma-informed, sensory-interventions program as part of Frontyard's world leading youth homelessness accommodation program. Currently, Asami works for Aardvark Music which is a non-profit organisation that supports young people living with adversity through 14 week, group song-writing programs. This program was adapted to successfully operate as an online program during Covid-19. Asami is a first-generation immigrant from Japan and also runs Shapes and Sounds, which is an online platform to talk about Asian Australian mental health.


Dr Dale Taylor in conversation with Professor Jorg Fachner

in conversation on the topic of Contemporary Understandings of Music and Neuroscience

Dr Dale Taylor

Dr. Taylor is a Board Certified Music Therapist, former Chair and member of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care, member of the AMTA Music Therapy Informed Music Listening Work Group, former Visiting Professor at Augsburg University and Alverno College, former Chair of the Department of Allied Health Professions at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and founding Director of the Music Therapy Program, past Editor of the International Journal of Arts Medicine, Secretary-Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of the International Arts Medicine Association, member of the International Relations Committee and former member of the Assembly of Delegates of the American Music Therapy Association and the National Association for Music Therapy, past Chair of the NAMT Certification-Registration and International Activities Committees and National Coordinator of Student Affairs, and past member of the Wisconsin Public Health Leadership Institute. He has also served as President and Vice-President of the Great Lakes Region of NAMT, chaired the founding meetings of the Wisconsin Chapter for Music Therapy, served on the boards of Music Education for the Handicapped and the International Association of Music for the Handicapped, and is a member of the Music Therapy Neurology Network.

Professor Jorg Fachner

Dr. Jörg Fachner is Professor for Music, Health and the Brain and Co-Director of the Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. He is researching music and consciousness states, music therapy and treatment of addiction, depression, and in neurorehabilitation; currently investigating dyadic brain activity of therapist and patient in music therapy with EEG hyperscanning.