Dr. Stephen Malloch

Dr. Stephen Malloch

Speaker

Stephen Malloch gained his doctorate in music and psychoacoustics from the University of Edinburgh. This was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Psychology at the University of Edinburgh working with Prof Colwyn Trevarthen, and then an ongoing position as Research Fellow at The MARCS Institute, Department of Psychology, University of Western Sydney. In the late 2000s he moved into private practice as a counsellor and executive coach, with a particular interest in the application of mindfulness and meditation in communication and decision making. Stephen maintains his interest in research psychology through a research position in the Westmead Psychotherapy Program, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. His research interests focus on the ‘communicative musicality’ of human interactions - how we shape interpersonal time expressively and communicatively using purposeful gestural narratives of voice and body. His research began in parent-infant communication, moved to investigating the qualities and effectiveness of music therapy, especially with hospitalised infants, and now focusses on the musicality of conversations between psychotherapist and client as expressions of self. Stephen is passionate about understanding and facilitating human interactions that encourage healing and well-being. He aims to combine academic research and theory building with real-world practice and education in a way that helps both himself and others to live with greater peace, companionship and vitality.