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Dawn Rose is a researcher in the psychology of music and movement.
Her background as a professional musician (drummer), music teacher and performing artist has informed her research interests. Dawn completed the MSc Music, Mind and Brain MSc. at Goldsmiths, University of London, and continued there for her PhD. Her doctoral work investigated effects of music education on cognitive, behavioural and socio-emotional domains in children alongside expertise in adults.

A postdoctoral fellowship at the Dance Psychology lab at the University of Hertfordshire followed where Dawn investigated how rhythms in music and sound affect synchronisation and entrainment in people with and without Parkinson's disease. There she won a Parkinson's UK network grant and also and early career research award to develop The Dance Sophistication Index in collaboration with Goldsmiths, University of London.

Now working as a Senior Researcher at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Switzerland, Dawn continues to focus on the psychology of music with current studies considering wellbeing in musicians, and exploring the use of music to manage mood and movement for people with Parkinson's.

Within the arts, her work has explored the experience of devised theatre in 'The Happiness Project'. This interdisciplinary project between academics, scientists and young people sold out at The Roundhouse in London and the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015. For this project, she received an award for public engagement from the Warden of Goldsmiths, University of London. She is currently playing drums in The Frog Princess - Punked, an Arts Council funded project with a contemporary feminist take on musical fairytales.


  • 2019–present
    Senior research associate, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
  • 2016–2018
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Hertfordshire
  • 2011–2016
    PhD Student, Goldsmiths
  • 2013–2016
    Associated Lecturer, British and Irish Institute of Modern Music


  • 2016 
    Goldsmiths, University of London, PhD.
  • 2011 
    Goldsmiths, University of London, MSc.

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Education and Music Psychology Research (SEMPRE)
  • British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)
  • Swiss Music Medicine Association