Susan Tilbury


Susan Tilbury is a mom, retired opera singer, music therapist and life-long learner, currently pursuing a PhD in Ecological Psychology.  Her focus is on the dynamic relationship between body-brain and environment, or the complex response of very many levels of rhythmic interactions within and across the networks in the body to continuously changing environmental information, particularly music.  Current projects include: a thermodynamic perspective on human resilience & interventions to improve or restore it; groove and the pleasurable urge to move to music (PLUM); ecstatic experience in music and ritual; and network physiology dynamics in perception-action cycles from an ecological perspective.  She previously studied at the Eastman School of Music, University of Louisville, University of Missouri–Kansas City, and University of Kansas.

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Research Interests
  • Dynamical Systems
  • Resilience
  • Music Intervention
  • Network Physiology
  • Groove
  • Ecstatic Experience
  • Rhythm
  • Dissipative Structures