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Dr Tara French

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Research Fellow, Innovation School

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Innovation School

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Dr Tara French

Tara is a Research Fellow within the Innovation School and is a Primary Researcher within the Digital Health and Care Institute; a Scottish Funding Council Innovation Centre. Tara is part of the Experience Lab team, tackling health and social care challenges using Design Innovation approaches. The Experience Labs provide a safe, flexible environment to prototype rapid cycles of experience leading to the creation of sustainable solutions for enhanced and effective care delivery. Tara leads projects, which are centred on enhancing wellbeing and quality of life, and has recently completed projects across themes of assisted living, hospice care and women’s health.

After completing her degree in Psychology at the University of Glasgow, Tara was awarded a PhD studentship from Glasgow Caledonian University. Her PhD research entitled ‘An investigation of the role of music for health promotion in everyday life’ employed a mixed methods approach to investigate the role of music in the promotion and maintenance of health among the general population. Tara continues to research within the field of health and wellbeing and her ongoing research interests include the role of digital technology in health and social care, and the use of music as a therapeutic health asset for everyday life.

Tara has presented her research at conferences both national and internationally and has collaborated with the music department at the University of Western Australia. She is also a guest lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Tara previously held the position of Lecturer of Psychology and Applied Music at the University of the Highlands and Islands where she taught and supervised projects across the Social Sciences.

In 2010, Tara was awarded a Magnus Magnusson scholarship which allowed her to establish a community choir, Sing for Life Speyside, which aims to promote health and wellbeing through singing.

Research and supervisory interests include: the role of the arts in health and wellbeing (with a particular interest in the role of everyday music listening and singing for health promotion), creative approaches for experiential learning and embodiment of new interventions for person-centred care, person-centred research methodologies for capturing everyday experiences in health and social care contexts, and asset based and salutogenic approaches to health and wellbeing.