Dr Sandra Garrido


NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow; Deputy Director, Research; Deputy Leader Music, Cognition and Action research program (opens in a new window) at the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development


Sandra Garrido is an NHMRC/AC Dementia Research Development Fellowship at the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development at Western Sydney University.

She completed her PhD at the University of New South Wales and has also worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

With a background in both music history and psychology, her work focuses on the use of music for mood regulation and to improve mental health and wellbeing in both historical and modern day contexts.

She is a Committee member of the Australian Music and Psychology Society, and a member of the editorial board of the esteemed journal Musicae Scientiae. She has also previously been a member of the National Committee of the Musicological Society of Australia.

Research Interests

  • Influence of personality on emotional response to music
  • The connection between maladaptive mood regulation strategies and music use
  • Study of music in relationship with grief and depression, as well as musical nostalgia
  • Cross-cultural investigation of melancholy in music
  • Effect of music on people with dementia

Qualifications and Recognition

  • Ph.D. (UNSW)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence and University of Melbourne
  • Member of the editorial board at esteemed journal, Musicae Scientiae

Research and Publications

Contact Sandra

Telephone+61 2 9772 6279
LocationBuilding 1, Bankstown Campus