Staff profile

Dr Yoon Irons

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Yoon Irons


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care

Research centre

Health and Social Care Research Centre, University Professorial Council





I am a research fellow in the field of Arts in Health and Wellbeing at the Health and Social Care Research Centre. 

Research interests

My research interests includes exploring health and wellbeing benefits of participating in arts (singing, music, dance, visual arts etc). I use both qualitative and quantitative methods to understand how arts work and what we experience through participating in arts. I also conduct systematic literature reviews on the related topics.  

Membership of professional bodies

I am an associate researcher at Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health at Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent, UK. 

I am also an adjunct research fellow at Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre and the Hopkins Centre (research for rehabilitation and resilience) at Griffith University, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. 

I review journal articles regularly, and am part of the editorial board of Musicology Research Journal ( 


Recent conferences

In 2019, I attended a number of international and national conferences to present my research on singing:


Experience in industry

Previously, I worked as music therapist at schools and hospitals. I also lectured at universities.

I am also passionate about supporting charities, which promote arts for health and wellbeing: for example, I support group singing practitioners through the training programmes run by Sing to Beat Parkinson's charity (

International experience

Currently, I work with colleauges from Austria, Australia, China, Indonesia, South Korea, and Spain on singing studies collaboratively.  

Between 2017 and 2018, I led an international singing study with people with Parkinson's in collaboration with colleagues from Australia, South Korea and UK. 

Currently, I am conducting research projects on singing in Austria, Australia, Spain and Indonesia. 

In the media

<p">A short film on the Sing to Beat® Aphasia Project:

From Sing to Beat Parkinson’s® International Project:

Australia ABC News:

Australia Channel Ten News:

Australia Channel Seven News:

Australia National Radio station - ABC Radio National Breakfast:

Recent publications

My recent publications are: 

A full list of my publications can be found: