Dr Antonia Ivaldi

PhD, MSc, BSc Hons, C.Psychol, SFHEA, ILM 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring

Dr Antonia Ivaldi

Senior Lecturer

Department of Psychology

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Antonia’s background has been in the field of music psychology, gaining a BSc (Hons) in psychology with music before completing an MSc and PhD in music psychology at the Unit for the Study of Musical Skill and Development at Keele University. Her main research and teaching interests are in the areas of social interaction, the social psychology of music, coaching, and engagement with the outdoors for the promotion of wellbeing and development. Antonia has extensive administration experience in teaching and learning, and research. She is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (C.Psychol), a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), and is a qualified coach (ILM Level 7).Since joining the Department of Psychology in 2010 Antonia has served as Director of Learning and Teaching and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Psychology (2010-2016) where duties have centred around assuring and enhancing quality and in sharing best practice through the design of numerous teaching resources and in the reviewing of assessments, feedback practices, programme schemes and modules. These activities were critical to successfully gaining BPS accreditation in 2013, and in informing the QAA (2012) and Departmental (2014) reviews. She established and chaired the department’s learning and teaching committee, whilst also sitting on university learning and teaching committees, and the university’s unfair practice committee. She has also served as Senior Personal Tutor and Admissions Tutor.


Module Coordinator

Teaching awards and qualifications: Postgraduate Teaching Certificate in Higher Education; Aberystwyth Learning and Teaching Fellowship; Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

Antonia has contributed significantly to the department’s curriculum design, with her main teaching activities and module co-ordination being in qualitative methods, the social psychology of music, and coaching and mentoring. In 2014 she received an Aberystwyth University Learning and Teaching Fellowship in recognition of learning and teaching excellence.

Antonia is a Chartered Psychologist and qualified coach after gaining an ILM Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring. Both her interests in music psychology and coaching and mentoring are reflected in the two third year special option modules.


Antonia’s research interests are in social interaction from the perspectives of discursive psychology and conversation analysis, and engagement with the outdoors for the promotion of wellbeing and development.

Combining her interest in talk with music psychology, Antonia is currently looking at spoken and embodied action in music lessons and performing arts contexts in higher education settings. This research, and her previous research into musical role models and musical identities, informs much of her supervision and teaching, particularly in her third year elective in the social psychology of music.Antonia has organized and co-organized five academic conferences in music psychology including chairing the Music, Identity and Social Interaction Conference held at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, February 2010, and the 6th International Conference for Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC), August 2000, Keele University. Whilst at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, she was also Managing Editor for the journal Music Performance Research (2008-2010), and has since served as Associate Editor. Antonia is a reviewer for a number of music psychology and related journals.

In addition to her background in music psychology, Antonia is developing research in engagement with the outdoors for the promotion of wellbeing and development. This is currently being explored by looking at individuals' experiences with walking coaching and challenge events such as the 3 Peaks Challenge.

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Tuesday 14:30-16:00
  • Thursday 14:30-16:00


Ivaldi, A 2023, 'Understanding and restoring the self in nature for well-being: A phenomenological analysis of walking coaching experiences', The Humanistic Psychologist. 10.1037/hum0000314
Dalley, D, Rahman, R & Ivaldi, A 2021, 'Health Care Professionals’ and Patients’ Management of the Interactional Practices in Telemedicine Videoconferencing: A Conversation Analytic and Discursive Systematic Review', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 804-814. 10.1177/1049732320942346
Ivaldi, A, Sanderson, AS, Hall, G & Forrester, M 2021, 'Learning to perform: A conversation analytic systematic review of learning and teaching practices in performing arts lesson interactions', Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, vol. 28, 100459. 10.1016/j.lcsi.2020.100459
Ivaldi, A & Whitehead, M 2021, 'Re-thinking the nature of decision making in outdoor extreme situations: Lessons from Britain's National Three Peaks Challenge', Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, vol. 35, 100403. 10.1016/j.jort.2021.100403
Ivaldi, A 2019, 'Explicit Versus Performative Assessments in Music Pedagogical Interactions', British Journal of Music Education, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 69-86. 10.1017/S0265051717000262
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