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Dr Raluca Matei

Raluca Matei specializes in musicians’ health and wellbeing from an interdisciplinary, real-world perspective. Her research thus far encompasses areas such as health education provision in higher music education (i.e. conservatoires); musicians’ physical and mental health; reasons for attending counselling among conservatoire students; and musicians’ health literacy. She is currently interested in the training of critical thinking as part of the conservatoire curriculum, as well as in questioning current assumptions in classical music.
Raluca is currently Acting Director of Learning and supervises trainees on the Professional Doctorate Programme (PDP) in Occupational Health Psychology (OHP). She is Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She completed her AHRC-funded PhD at the Royal Northern College of Music, in Manchester, in February 2019, when she also joined the Centre. She has first degrees in psychology and music, and an MSc in Health Psychology from University College London. Having been trained as a professional classical violinist, she also studied at the prestigious Menuhin Academy (Switzerland). In 2015, the British Psychological Society (Division of Health Psychology) awarded her both the Public Engagement Grant (for a series of workshops aimed at raising awareness of health psychology and behaviour change among orchestral players from the most prestigious London orchestras) and the Research Seminar Grant (for a roundtable-discussion aimed at encouraging cross-disciplinary collaborations between music psychology, health psychology and performing arts medicine).
Since August 2019, Raluca is also responsible for the design and delivery of the Personal and Academic Skills for Success (PASS) core module as part of the BSc Management, at Birkbeck.

Some Recent Publications

Matei, R., Broad, S., Goldbart, J. & Ginsborg, J. (2018). Health education for musicians. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1137. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01137
White, I., Smith, L., Aggio, D., Shankar, S., Begum, S, Matei, R., Gardner, B. (2017). On Your Feet to Earn Your Seat: Pilot RCT of a theory-based sedentary behaviour reduction intervention for older adults. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 23, DOI: 10.1186/s40814-017-0139-6
Matei, R. & Ginsborg, J. (2017). Music performance anxiety in classical musicians – what we know about what works. British Journal of Psychiatry International, 14(2), 33-35.
Matei, R. (2017). Tutti for health and wellbeing – Performing health psychology. Health Psychology Update, 26, 19-23.
Matei, R., Ross, S., Ginsborg, J., Broad, J. & Goldbart, J. (2015). Promoting health in music education: Better Practice. Proceedings of the Ninth Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, 574-583. Retrieved from:
Matei, R., Thune-Boyle, I., Hamer, M., Iliffe, S., Fox, K. R., Jefferis, B. J., & Gardner, B. D. (2015). Acceptability of a theory-based sedentary behaviour reduction intervention for older adults (‘On Your Feet to Earn Your Seat’). BMC Public Health. 10.1186/s12889-015-1921-0

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