Associate Dean – Research and Professor of Music, Faculty of Music;

Acting Director of the Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MaHRC);

Member, University of Toronto, Collaborative Program in Neuroscience;

Collaborative Program in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care across the Life Course.



  • Specialist in Rhythmic Sensory Stimulation (RSS) including design and application -low frequency sound and VAT.
  • Scientific music designer: Employing EEG monitoring of brainwave response to create music parameters (sonic strategies) that are implemented by professional composers to deliver specific body and brain effects. To date have created 25 commercial “scientifically designed” recordings distributed world-wide. Three Juno award nominations.
  • Training in EEG Neurofeedback Research (Dr. Barry Sterman, UCLA Veterans, 1998, EEG Spectrum, Chicago, 2001) including EEG monitoring and recording. Also HRV, ECG, and skin conductance.


  • 2013 – 2020 Reciprocal learning in teacher education and school education between Canada and China. SSHRC Partnership Grant. Co-applicant. $3,381,000.  Role: leader of Arts Research Group.
  • 2012 -2014 Connaught Global Challenge Development Grant. $115,000.
  • 2012 – MaHRC Grant from private donor $100,000 RSS and Alzheimer’s research at Baycrest. Morris Freedman, Heido Ahonn.
  • 2011 – 2014 Grant from MED-EL for “Music Enjoyment-Ability-Retraining (MusicEar): Developing A New Diagnostic And Rehabilitation Tool To Evaluate Music Perception And Enjoyment In Cochlear Implant Recipients.” At Sunnybrook Health Sciences – Co-investigator with Dr. Joseph Chen, Lead; Lendra Friesen, PhD., David Shipp MAud, V/ Lin, MD. $135,000.00
  • 2012 Ontario Centres of Excellence, Social Innovation Program: Physiologic-sensing music assistive devices for exercise self-management adherence and cardiovascular health, Co-investigator. Dr. David Alter, Lead. $50,000
  • 2011 –2012 Knowledge Network for Applied Educational Research (KNAER) grant from Ministry of Education for “Engaging Students through Collaborative Music Creation” $67,300.00.
  • 2011 SSHRC Conference Grant for International Symposium on Performance Science, August 24-27, Faculty of Music. Co-chair. $23,500.00


  • Naghdi L, Ahonen H, Macario P, Bartel L. The Effect of Low Frequency Sound Stimulation on Patients with Fibromyalgia: A Clinical Study. Pain Research & Management 2014; (In press).
  • Picard LM, Bartel LR, Gordon AS, Cepo D, Wu Q, Pink LR. Music as a Sleep Aid in Fibromyalgia.   Pain Research & Management (In press).
  • Alexander, A, Bartel, L, Friesen, L, Shipp, D. and Chen J. From Fragments to the Whole: A Comparison between Cochlear Implant Users and Normal Hearing Listeners in Music Perception and Enjoyment. Journal of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck. 40(1), pp 1 – 7.
  • Bartel, L, Bodmer, D, Shipp, D, Ostroff, J. and Chen, JM. (2011). Qualitative Case Studies of Five Cochlear Implant Recipients’ Experience with Music. Cochlear Implants International 12, Number 1. pp. 27-33.
  • Aaron Williamon, Darryl Edwards, and Lee Bartel (Eds). (2011). Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2011, Utrecht, The Netherlands: European Association of Conservatoires (AEC).
  • Bartel, L., Ostroff, J., Bodmer, D., Shipp, D., Chen, J. M. (2008). Music Education Dimensions of Cochlear Implant Recipients’ Experience with Music: From Five Qualitative Case Studies to Attention-based Diagnosis and Training. Publication in the Proceedings of the RAIME Conference, Miami, 2007