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"Where words fail, music speaks."

Hans Christian Anderson

Dr. Shane Cassidy

Shane is the founder of Neurolinks. He is an accredited music therapist with over thirteen years’ experience in the health and educational settings. He is also a member of the International Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy. His clinical expertise lies primarily in the areas of neurological conditions and mental health.  He has also been heavily active in the research field over the past five years.

Shane received his PhD from the University of Limerick in 2020, in which he evaluated the impact of specific music therapy techniques in improving both the physical and mood related outcomes for people at the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dublin, who had an acquired brain injury. Prior to this, Shane qualified from the University of Limerick with a first-class honour Master’s in Music Therapy. As part of this training, he completed clinical placements at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in Putney, London, and the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dublin. It was in this work that he first saw the power of music in supporting people with neurological conditions in the learning and re-learning of skills across several aspects of their lives, inspiring him to pursue his PhD and to establish Neurolinks.

Shane has four years’ experience in the areas of mental health and homelessness through his work at First Fortnight Centre for Creative Therapies in Dublin. He is also a regular guest-lecturer on the MA course for Music Therapy at the University of Limerick.

Shane is a qualified primary school teacher with experience in a variety of mainstream and special educational settings. Shane also holds a degree in Music from Trinity College, Dublin. He plays the clarinet and piano and enjoys using his musical skills in the therapy setting to support people to achieve their individual goals.

Oliver Sacks

"For many of my neurological patients, music is even more - it can provide access, even when no medication can, to movement, to speech, to life. For them, music is not a luxury, but a necessity."
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Dr. Shane Cassidy is the founder of Neurolinks. He is an accredited and experienced music therapist, registered with IACAT.

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