LUCY M. MCGARRY, PH.D.
I am a social venture entrepreneur, professor, and neuroscientist with a passion for applied work with individuals with special needs. I run a company called EmotePlay Apps, and our mandate is to support social development using technology. Big Break: Act & Sing Game supports emotion learning through acting and singing, targeted at children with autism.
My research background is in music neuroscience. I am fascinated by the potential of music to support communication, movement, and ultimately independence in patient populations. I have examined the role of music and movement in emotional responsiveness, gait, and memory, using physiological techniques as well as EEG and fMRI. I have worked with several special needs groups including individuals with brain damage, depression, autism, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease, as well as with healthy individuals of all ages.
In my teaching I focus on catering to multiple learning modes and supporting students of varying needs. I enjoy data analysis and learning cutting edge statistical methodologies and sharing my knowledge to inspire others.
EMOTE PLAY APPS
Big Break: Act and Sing Game
With Frank Russo and Dan Sampson, our social venture was formed based on my PhD research to support emotion learning in children. Big Break uses acting and singing to allow children to practice expressing and identifying emotions on their iPad for points. Created in collaboration with Ryerson University and the Geneva Centre for Autism. Thanks to funding from the FedDev Social Venture Fellowship and Telus Community Fund.
MY SKILL SET
Clinical Music Neuroscience
10 publications with 479 citations
Proficient in coding experiments using E-Prime, Presentation, Matlab, LabView
Experienced with adults and children with autism, ADHD, brain injuries, depression, anxiety, Parkinson's, and hearing impairment
Trained to administer many psychological assessment scales and interviews
Professor, Lecturer, Teaching Assistant, Consultant, Public Speaker
Subjects taught: Statistics, Perspectives in Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, Music Cognition, Mirror Neurons Seminar
Emote Play Apps Inc.
Proficient in objective-c and swift programming languages, with a 5-star-rated iOS app.
POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW, BRAIN AND MIND INSTITUTE
Projects: Investigating the role of beat perception in music-assisted gait procedures; Investigating the power of music to support memory in aging and Alzheimer’s populations.
PHD, PSYCHOLOGY, RYERSON UNIVERSITY
PhD dissertation: The role of the mirror neuron system in the bottom-up and top-down perception of human action. (with Dr. Frank Russo)
Offered $177,000 in research awards from government and industry sources
Nominated for C. Ravi Ravindran award for doctoral thesis
MA, PSYCHOLOGY, RYERSON UNIVERSITY
Master's thesis: Dance to the Music: The Effects of Moving on Emotional Responsiveness (with Dr. Frank Russo)
Awarded Canadian Psychological Association’s Certificate of Academic Excellence for Master’s thesis
BSC, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
Psychology Research Specialist
Ready, E. A., McGarry, L. M., Rinchon, C., Holmes, J. D., & Grahn, J. A. (2019). Beat perception ability and instructions to synchronize influence gait when walking to music-based auditory cues. Gait & Posture, 68, 555-561.
Oxenham, A. J., Honing, H., Bouwer, F., McAdams, S., Siedenburg, K., Russo, F. A., McGarry, L. M., … & Weiss, M. W. (2019). Foundations in Music Psychology: Theory and Research. MIT Press.
Livingstone, S. R., Vezer, E., McGarry, L.M., Lang, A. E., & Russo, F. A. (2016). Deficits in the mimicry of facial expressions in Parkinson’s Disease. Frontiers in psychology, 7, 780.
McGarry, L.M. (2015). The Role Of The Mirror Neuron System In Bottom-Up And Top-Down Perception Of Human Action [dissertation abstract]. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind and Brain.
McGarry, L.M., Pineda, J., & Russo, F. (2015). The role of the extended MNS in emotional and nonemotional judgments of human song. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 15(1), 32-44.
McGarry, L.M., Russo, F., Schalles, M., and Pineda, J. (2012). Audiovisual integration of the mu wave. Experimental Brain Research, 218(4), 527-538.
Talmi, D., and McGarry, L.M. (2012). Accounting for Immediate Emotional Memory Enhancement. Journal of Memory and Language, 66(1), 93-108.
McGarry, L.M., and Russo, F. (2011). Mirroring in Dance/Movement Therapy: Potential mechanisms behind empathy enhancement. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 38(3), 178-184.
Talmi, D., Luk, B., McGarry, L.M., and Moscovitch, M. (2007). The contribution of relatedness and distinctiveness to emotionally enhanced memory. Journal of Memory and Language, 56(4), 555-574.
SMART LAB BLOG: THE BENEFITS OF CREATIVE ARTS THERAPIES FOR AUTISM
June 10, 2014
Blog post by Lucy McGarry, Emma Bortolon-Vettor, Abby Tong, and Frank Russo