J. Matt McCrary

typ of job

Post-doctoral fellow

(BSc, BFA, PhD)

Research interests

  • Music in healthcare/public health
  • Fatigue in musicians
  • Neuromuscular performance and injury
  • Exercise physiology

Current projects


My current research aims to better understand the physiologic effects of playing and listening to music to: 1) inform healthier and more productive practice planning in high-level musicians; and 2) determine how playing and listening to music can be used to reduce non-communicable disease risk (e.g. cancer; heart disease) in the general population. Specific projects focus on the management of fatigue in high-level musicians, and the impact of playing and listening to music on the autonomic nervous system and health-related quality of life.


2019-21 - Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Music Physiology and Musician's Medicine (Hannover, Germany)

2015-19 - Clinical Research Officer, IN FOCUS Research Group at UNSW Sydney (Australia)(research focus: Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy; PIs Prof. David Goldstein & Dr. Susanna Park)

2013-17 - PhD student in the Elite Music Performance Laboratory at the University of Sydney (Australia)(Supervisor - A/Prof Bronwen Ackermann)

2013 - Research Assistant, STRIIDE-PD Research Group at Duke University Medical Center (USA)(research focus: exercise interventions for patients at risk of type II diabetes; PI Prof William Kraus)

2012 - Contract musician at Disneyland Resort (Los Angeles, USA)

2007-12 - Dual-Bachelor's program at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance (BFA Jazz Studies - Percussion Performance) and School of Kinesiology (BSc Movement Science)(USA)


2019-21 - Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany)

2018-present - Board of Directors, Performing Arts Medical Association (USA)

2018 - Best Oral Presentation, Translational Cancer Research Network Symposium (Australia)

2016 - Alice G. Brandfonbrener Young Investigator Award, Performing Arts Medical Association (USA)

2013-14 - Fulbright Postgraduate Research Award, Australian-American Fulbright Commission (USA/Australia)

2008-12 - Edwin & Mary Meader Jazz Scholarship, University of Michigan (USA)



J. Matt McCrary, PhD

Office: Schiffgraben 48
Postal address: Neues Haus 1
30175 Hanover

Phone +49(0)511 - 3100-571
Fax +49(0)511 - 3100-557

J. Matt McCrary


Please find my publication list here.

Last modified: 2022-09-26

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