The Executive Board consists of Dr. Esa Ala-Ruona, Dr. Marko Punkanen, Executive Manager Jouni Kettunen, and coordinator PhD Elsa Campbell. Here you can find our member introductions.
Esa Ala-Ruona, PhD
Esa is a music therapist, psychotherapist, psychotherapy trainer (integrative orientation), clinical teacher, supervisor, and senior researcher at the Music Therapy Clinic for Research and Training, at University of Jyväskylä. His areas of expertise lie in psychiatry and neurology, as well as with patients with acute, and chronic pain, and psychosomatic symptoms. He has extensive experience in clinical music therapy in various fields of health care and rehabilitation. His special expertise lies on assessment and evaluation, as well as clinical practice of integrative music psychotherapy, and vibroacoustic therapy. He is a member of the International Music Therapy Assessment Consortium IMTAC.
He is a member of Finnish Centre for Interdisciplinary Music Research, and he has been co-creating clinical models and RCT-studies in music therapy for depression and active music therapy for post-stroke rehabilitation. He is actively involved with the process of professionalization of music therapists and the development of music therapy training.
Esa is co-founder of the VIBRAC Centre. He regularly gives workshops and lectures on music therapy nationally and internationally, and coordinates the VIBRAC training levels with Dr. Marko Punkanen.
Marko Punkanen, PhD
Marko is a music therapist, dance/movement therapist, psychotherapist, psychotherapy trainer, certified sensorimotor psychotherapist® and trainer. He currently works as a music/dance-movement/psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice and as a trauma psychotherapy trainer in University of Oulu, and as a trainer in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.
He is the founder and director of the Nyanssi Therapy Centre, which offers music therapy, dance-movement therapy, psychotherapy, vibroacoustic therapy (VAT) and supervision services in Lahti, Finland. He is the co-founder of the first extensive VAT/PA-training in Finland, and he has studied for example the possibilities of VAT in drug rehabilitation. He is also one of the founders of the VIBRAC Skille-Lehikoinen Centre for Vibroacoustic Therapy and Research.
From 2007-2011 Marko worked as a researcher at the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research, University of Jyväskylä. He was part of the research team which investigated the perception and preferences of emotions in music by depressed patients and the efficacy of improvisational, individual music therapy for depression. He is actively involved with trauma psychotherapy, music therapy and dance/movement therapy training in Finland.
Coordinator – Elsa Campbell, PhD
Elsa is a music therapist and Vibrac-practitioner and has been the coordinator of the Vibrac centre since 2015. Her research has focused on the use of vibroacoustic therapy for managing chronic pain and mood disorders within a rehabilitation setting in Finland. Her previous studies were in music performance and German at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
She is currently working as a music therapist and researcher for the Caritas Association for the Karlsruhe Region in Germany. Her work there focuses on the use of active and receptive methods of music therapy for reducing the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia and increasing the quality of life of residents of long-term care homes.
Executive manager – Jouni Kettunen
Jouni is VIBRAC’s executive manager and a music therapist and Vibrac-practitioner. His clinical practice is based in Jyväskylä, Finland and he is the newest addition to the VIBRAC board. He has been involved in an on-going study at the University of Jyväskylä concerning music therapy as a treatment in stroke patients’ rehabilitation.
He gives lectures and workshops on active music therapy, functionally oriented music therapy and vibroacoustic therapy. Jouni is the executive manager of the Eino Roiha Foundation and he coordinates the clinical training programmes of different modalities of arts therapies in the Roiha-institute.