In the mid 1980's Dr. Bartel began research on people's response to music with special focus on emotional and intellectual response and social psychological connections. His involvement in research in music and medicine began in the early 90's at Bloorview Kid's Rehab on a team researching rehabilitation of attention deficits resulting from head injuries. He also conducted stress studies with the Centre for Health Promotion at U of T and has supervised doctoral and post-doctoral research in music therapy at Lyndhurst Hospital and Baycrest Hospital. Dr. Bartel has served on the Accreditation Review Board for the Canadian Association of Music Therapy. He has conducted several studies examining EEG response to music at the S.O.N.I.C. Brain Lab at the U of T and is actively involved at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto in perceptual ability diagnosis and music response research with cochlear implant recipients. Drawing on his extensive research background, Dr. Bartel is the scientific designer of the internationally bestselling Music for Your Health series of recordings on the Solitudes label as well as the SonicAid series with Somerset Entertainment (now Mood Entertainment). Among the 25 therapy recordings Dr. Bartel has designed a number of gold and platinum albums and Juno Award nominations.