Katie Overy

Visiting Professor
Office: TC 314
Phone: (519) 661-2111 x85401
Email: kovery@uwo.ca


Dr Katie Overy is a Visiting Professor in Music Education, Western University, and Director of the Institute for Music in Human and Social Development (IMHSD), University of Edinburgh. Her core research interest is musical learning, with a particular focus on musical rhythm, which she explores from the perspectives of music psychology, music pedagogy and music neuroscience. She has edited several interdisciplinary special issues on the topic of the musical, rhythmic brain, including for Transactions of the Royal Society B (2015), Proceedings of the New York Academy of Sciences (2012), Cortex (2009) and Contemporary Music Review (2009). Her first academic publication in 1998, “Can music really improve the mind?” was one of only six papers recently selected for reprint in the Psychology of Music 40th Anniversary Commemorative Collection (2012). Katie was the UK partner in the European International Training Network EBRAMUS (Europe, Brain and Music) and to date she has supervised ten interdisciplinary PhD students. Her research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the European Commission, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Scottish Arts Council, the Grammy Foundation, and the Harold Wingate Foundation, amongst others.

Musically, Katie’s interests are varied – she holds an Advanced Performance Certificate in Piano from Trinity College London, was the founding manager of Sheffield University Jazz Orchestra, is a keen (albeit sporadic) Taiko drummer and she currently sings soprano with Calton Consort in Edinburgh.