Dr Nikki Rickard

Nikki Rickard is program director of psychology at Online Education Services, and is an adjunct associate professor with Monash University, and a senior honourary fellow with the University of Melbourne. Her research in music psychology explores emotional processes underlying mental health and well-being, and aims to better understand how everyday listening to music can promote positive functioning and manage emotional distress. She has held office as the president of the Australian Music Psychology Society (AMPS) and the Asia-Pacific Society for Cognitive Sciences of Music (APSCOM), and was a foundation editor-in-chief for the Springer open journal, Psychology of Well-Being.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.