Caitlin Shaughnessy is a Research Associate in the CPS, working as part of the HEartS Professional team. Her research interests are centred on the importance of music in everyday life as a medium for shared experience, well-being and creative expression. She is currently approaching the completion of her PhD, which explores the role of music as a social, regulatory and creative tool for autistic children and their families, and is funded by an ESRC studentship through the South East Network of Social Sciences. Caitlin also has a BA and MSt in Musicology from the University of Oxford. During her MSt she was the recipient of a Wellcome Trust ISSF studentship, supporting research in the field of medical humanities in collaboration with The Oxford Research Centre for Humanities (TORCH). Her work on previous research projects includes the use of music to preserve language for people living with dementia, self-regulation during musical learning in the early years and on the ZikMus project at the CPS.