• Professor of Music Therapy, Wilfrid Laurier University (since 2001);
  • Adjunct Professor, Music and Health Research Collaboratory, U of T, Faculty of Music (since 2013);
  • Director of the Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research (since 2003);
  • Psychotherapist & Group Analyst, Clinical member-OSP (Ontario Society for Psychotherapists – since 2007), professional member of Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association (since 2002), American Group Psychotherapy Association (since 2002), International Association for Group Psychotherapy (since 2002),
  • Music Therapist accredited (Canadian Music Therapy Association since 2001) with certificates in Neurofeedback (EEG Spectrum, International, 2011) and Neurologic Music Therapy (The Robert F. Unkefer Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy, 2011).


  • 2010 $1,000,000 endowment fund donation to the CIMTR by Manfred and Penny Conrad.
  • 2007 $25.000, Steve and Eve Menich Foundation for low frequency research.
  • 2005 $40,891 The Lloyd-Carr Harris Foundation: The Impact of Music Therapy for the Clients and Residents of St. Joseph’s Health Centre.” (Co-applicant with Dr. D. Dalby)
  • 2005 $19,569 The Bloorview Children’s Hospital. Foundation: “Enhancing active participation through music therapy with the VMI.” (Co-applicant with Dr. R. Knox and A. Lamont.)


  • Ahonen, H. (2014). Vicarious Trauma and Burn-Out – Helping Helpers Empty their Containers with Music. In: T. O’Connor, K. Lund and P. Berensden. (Eds.) Spirituality and Psychotherapy: Cure of the Soul. Wilfrid Laurier University Press. (In Press)
  • Ahonen, H. (2014). Group Analytic Music Therapy. In: The Oxford Handbook of Music Therapy. Ed. Jane Edwards. Oxford University Press. (In Press)
  • Ahonen, H. (2014) Group Analytic Music Therapy Supervision. In: Music Therapy experiential education. (Ed). Ken Bruscia. Barcelona Publishers. (In Press)
  • Ahonen, H. & Mongillo Desideri, A. (2013). Heroines’ Journey- Emerging Story by Refugee Women during Group Analytic Music Therapy. Voices. (In Press)
  • Ahonen, H., Deek, P, Kroeker, J. (2013). Low Frequency Sound Treatment Promoting Well-Being– Qualitative Study. International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilation. Vol. 17 (In Press)
  • Ahonen, H. & Lee, C. (2011) The Meta-Musical Experiences of a Professional String Quartet in Music-Centered Psychotherapy. Case Studies of Music Therapy (A. Meadows Ed.) Gilsum. NH. Barcelona Publishers. 518-542
  • King, L. K., Almeida, Q. J., Ahonen, H. (2009) Short-term effects of vibration therapy on motor impairments in Parkinson’s disease. Neuro Rehabilitation, Vol. 25, No. 4. (2009), pp. 297-306.
  • Tiidus, P.M, , Markoulakis, R., Murray, D., Pamela J. Bryden, P.J, Ahonen-Eerikäinen, H. (2008) Physioacoustic therapy: placebo effect on recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage. Acta Kinesiologiae Universitatis Tartuensis Vol. 13, pp. 117-128.(Toivo Jurimae Ed.).Tartu Univ. Press.
  • Ahonen-Eerikainen, H. (2007). Group Analytic Music Therapy. Gilsum. NH. Barcelona Publishers.
  • Ahonen-Eerikainen, H., Lamont, A., Knox, R.. (2007) Seeing Through the Looking Glass— Enhancing Participation and Restoring Self-Image through the VMI. International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation.
  • Ahonen-Eerikainen, H., Rippin, K., Sibille, N., Koch, R., Dawn, D. (2007) “Not bad for an old 85 year old!” —The Qualitative Analysis of the Role of Music, Therapeutic Benefits and Group Therapeutic Factors of the St. Joseph’s Alzheimer’s Adult Day Program Music Therapy Group. Can. Music Therapy 2, 37-64.