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Using QEEG Parameters to track improvements in depression

A/ Prof. Leon Petchkovsky , Kirstin Robertson-Gillam

This pilot study reports the findings from a sub-group of 9 patients, from a cohort of 32 middle-aged ambulant depressive patients undergoing an intensive 8 week choral singing programme, who received “before” and “after” QEEGs (resting state and the WinEEG VCPT ERP protocol). “Before” and “after” mental state examinations and Beck Depressive Inventory showed significant improvement (p<0.001). Group spectral analysis of resting QEEG showed greater L/R hemispheric symmetry of activity, reduction of right polar pre-frontal hyperactivity, and reduction of hypercoherence (all reported depressive parameters).   ERP results revealed that an initially heightened P3a Novelty Cingulate Gyrus response reduced significantly over the course of treatment (p<0.05).

7th Annual ANSA Conference
Current Directions in Neuroplasticity
22-24 August 2014, Crown Plaza, Adelaide, South Australia
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A/ Prof. Leon Petchkovsky

Dr Leon Petchkovsky is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry with the University of Queensland.  He is the President of the CG Jung Institute and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Jungian Analysts and  the Director of The Pinniger Clinic.   A.Prof. Petchkovsky visits remote Central Australian communities regularly.

Kirstin Robertson-Gillam

Kirstin is a registered general and midwifery nurse, a Registered Music Therapist and registered psychotherapist, Tier 1 WorkCover provider. She holds a PhD  MA(Hons), Bachelor of Arts  (psychology and ethnomusicology), a Masters in Counselling, and a Masters Honours degree  in Music Therapy Research and is a lecturer at the University of Western Sydney. As a music therapist, Kirstin has extensive experience in disabilities, palliative care and  mental health and has pioneered many positions which are still running today in NSW  across these fields. Kirstin was on the organising committee for the first music therapy course in NSW at  UTS, has been an instrumental member of the AMTA National Council, National Education Committee, three-time Chairperson of the NSW AMTA Branch, and has taught  as a casual lecturer at UTS and UWS Nordo" Robbins course over her illustrious career. 
To add to this, Kirstin is a regular conference presenter, article and book writer (in both  English and Japanese!) Kirstin currently combines her music therapy practice with psychotherapy counselling as  a private practitioner in North-West Sydney. Her experience in the mental health field is where her current Choir Therapy program is based, having worked first as a nurse in  this field and then as a music therapist and counsellor. Her MA (Hons) in Music Therapy  Research researched the e"ectiveness of choir singing for reducing depression in people with severe dementia, and her PhD researched the e"ects of her Choir  Therapy Program on depression in middle aged community dwellings adults. Within this study, Kirstin assisted Dr Leon Petchovsky in a small trial (N=9), using QEEG technology  for assessing brain changes as the result of choir therapy program. 
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