Where Are They Now?

See what some of our MaHRC graduates are doing today.

Thenille Braun Janzen, PhD

Dr. Thenille Braun Janzen completed her postdoctoral research fellowship at MaHRC in June 2018. During her fellowship, she coordinated the development of clinical research projects investigating the application of music-based interventions in collaboration with hospitals and research centres such as the Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression (CAN-BIND), Wasser Pain Management Centre at the Sinai Health System, and Arthur Sommer Rotenberg (ASR) Chair in Suicide and Depression Studies at St. Michael’s Hospital. Since completing her fellowship at MaHRC, Thenille was awarded a fellowship from the Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Centre of Mathematics, Computation, and Cognition at the Federal University of ABC (UFABC) in Sao Paulo/Brazil.

Cheryl Jones, PhD, Registered Psychotherapist

Cheryl maintains a full-time clinical practice in Ottawa, Ontario, working with individuals who have sustained an acquired brain injury (ABI). She is also working in palliative care. For the past several years she has been a course instructor in the music therapy departments at Wilfrid Laurier University and Concordia University and is regularly an invited guest lecturer at universities and conferences regarding her work in Neurologic Music Therapy. She has recently published and is involved in a number of Neurologic Music Therapy projects. Her research interest is music-based cognitive rehabilitation following ABI.  

Vivek Sharma, PhD

Vivek Sharma completed his thesis on language processes of absolute and relative pitch musicians at the Rotman Research Institute under professors Michael Thaut and Claude Alain. His recent publications are concerned with abstract information processing, neural plasticity and human voice perception, which has contributed to characterizing encoded neural representations in expert musicians. Vivek is now working on publishing his work in the context of sensory enhancement and phonemic processing of the sung voice, which he hopes will benefit melodic intonation therapy for aphasia by preferentially selecting phonemes that are conducive to interhemispheric mimicking after stroke. He is now a postdoctoral fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children under Dr. Darren Kadis, where he is studying the rapid decrease of aphasic post-surgical neural pathology in pediatric epilepsy patients. In his spare time, he continues to perform on the guitar and is an avid songwriter who also enjoys computer coding, which he uses to collaborate on projects with health industry partners.