Arla Good joined the SMART team in 2009. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an honours BA in Psychology. Throughout her graduate studies, she has combined her academic interest in psychology with her personal passion for music to explore its cognitive and social benefits.
In 2011, she completed her Masters degree entitled, “The efficacy of singing in foreign-language learning.” Arla has conducted research in singing in a variety of different environments, including a First Nations community in Northern Canada and a small schoolhouse in Ecuador. She is currently working on her Doctoral degree where she continues to investigate the socio-cultural benefits of singing. Her work explores how group singing can be used as a strategy for promoting positive social relations within and across cultures. Arla has now attained her PhD in August 2016.