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Dr Rosie Perkins


Rosie Perkins is Research Fellow in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music and an honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London. Rosie’s research focuses on arts in health and performers’ career development, and she is the programme leader for the RCM’s ground-breaking MSc in Performance Science. 

Rosie’s research has been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, and Arts Council England. From 2015-2017 she was Principal Investigator for Music and Motherhood, a project investigating the impact of creative interventions on postnatal depression, and from 2018 she is leading qualitative research into the health, economic and social impact of the arts as part of the AHRC-funded HEartS project.

Rosie completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge, winning the British Federation of Women Graduates Elen Wynne Vanstone Scholarship for her research into higher music education. From 2008-14 Rosie was a board member of the International Society for Music Education’s Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician; she is an honorary member of the Dutch research group Lifelong Learning in Music, a Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health University of Nottingham, and a Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy.

Selected publications

Fancourt D & Perkins R (2018), The effect of singing interventions on symptoms of postnatal depression: a three-arm randomised controlled trial, British Journal of Psychiatry, 212, 119-121 [DOI].

Perkins R, Reid H, Araújo L, Clark T, & Williamon A (2017), Perceived enablers and barriers to optimal health among music students: a qualitative study in the music conservatoire setting, Frontiers in Psychology, 8 (968), 1-15 [DOI].

Ascenso S, Williamon A, & Perkins R (2017), Understanding the psychological wellbeing of professional musicians through the lens of positive psychology, Psychology of Music, 45, 65-81 [DOI]

Fancourt D & Perkins R (2017), Associations between singing to babies and symptoms of postnatal depression, wellbeing, self-esteem and mother-infant bond, Public Health, 145, 149-152 [DOI].

Perkins R, Ascenso S, Atkins L, Fancourt D, & Williamon A (2016), Making music for mental health: how group drumming mediates recovery, Psychology of Well-Being, 6 (11), 1-17 [DOI].

Perkins R, Aufegger L, & Williamon A (2015), Learning through teaching: exploring what conservatoire students learn from teaching beginner older adults, International Journal of Music Education, 33, 80-90 [DOI].

Perkins R & Williamon A (2014), Learning to make music in older adulthood: a mixed-methods exploration of impacts on wellbeing, Psychology of Music, 42, 550-567 [DOI] [VIDEO].

Perkins R (2013), Learning cultures and the conservatoire: an ethnographically-informed case study, Music Education Research, 15, 196-213 [DOI].

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Latest Publications

Fancourt, D. and Perkins, R. (2017) Maternal engagement with music up to nine months post-birth: Findings from a cross-sectional study in England. Psychology of Music. ISSN 0305-7356 (In Press)

Perkins, R. and Ascenso, S. and Atkins, L. and Fancourt, D. and Williamon, A. (2016) Making music for mental health: how group drumming mediates recovery. Psychology of Well-Being: Theory, Research and Practice, 6 (11). pp. 1-17.

Ascenso, S. and Williamon, A. and Perkins, R. (2015) Understanding the wellbeing of professional musicians through the lens of Positive Psychology. Psychology of Music. ISSN 0305-7356 (In Press)


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Dr Rosie Perkins

Research Fellow