Special Interest Group Panels

Special interest groups (SIGs) are panels of experts from around the world who will create one of the following: 

  • Research: a collaborative research proposal
  • Education: a model curriculum or course
  • Theory: a white paper on the topic
  • Clinical practice: clinical guidelines or best practices

We invite your participation at a SIG panel presentation at the conference.

SIG Panels and Leaders

  • Music and Medical Assistance in Dying: Facilitating a Collective Approach to Creating Clinical Guidelines and Implementing Evidence-Based Best Practices | SarahRose Black, M.A., M.M.T., R.P., M.T.A., Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network; M.T.A./R.P., Kensington Health; M.T.A./R.P., University of Toronto, music faculty; Ph.D. candidate and academic staff, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Developing Best-Practice Guidelines for the Clinical Practice of Vibroacoustic Therapy | Elsa Campbell, Ph.D. candidate, University of Jyväskylä, Finland; coordinator of the Vibrac Skille-Lehikoinen Centre for Vibroacoustic Therapy and Research, Eino Roiha Foundation, Finland
  • Clinical Guidelines for the Continuum of Music Experiences and Music Therapy in Relationship Completion in Palliative Care | Amy Clements Cortes, Ph.D., R.P., MT-BC, M.T.A., F.A.M.I., N.M.T. fellow, and assistant professor of music and health sciences, music faculty, University of Toronto; instructor and supervisor, Wilfrid Laurier University; academic coordinator and instructor of interdisciplinary studies, Ryerson Chang School; music therapist and registered psychotherapist
  • Music and the Brain: Transdisciplinary Education for Research and Practice | Ellen Gentle, Psy.D., Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service, Community-Based Rehabilitation; Wendy Magee, Ph.D., professor of music therapy, Temple University; and Helen Shoemark, Ph.D., R.M.T., associate professor of music therapy, Temple University
  • Making Meaning of Mistakes in Music Therapy | Laurien Hakvoort, Ph.D., S.R.M.Th., N.M.T.-F., ArtEZ University of Arts, Academy of Music
  • A Critical Eye: Physicians' Perspectives on Music Therapy | Maria Hernandez, M.D., MT-BC
  • NICU Music Therapy: Sharing International Trends through Integrative, Family-Centered Music Psychotherapy | Joanne Loewy, D.A., L.C.A.T., MT-BC, director of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine, Mount Sinai Beth Israel
  • Music Therapy in the Context of Dementia: People with Dementia and Their Caregivers | Melissa Mercadal-Brotons, Ph.D., MT-BC, S.M.T.A.E., Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya 
  • Music Therapy and Music-Based Interventions for Movement Disorders | Alex Pantelyat, M.D., assistant professor of neurology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; director of the Johns Hopkins Atypical Parkinsonism Center; codirector of the Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine
  • Assessment in Music and Medicine: Interdisciplinary Approaches | Penny Roberts, Ph.D., MT-BC, Crescent Cultural Programs, LLC; Loyola University
  • Music in the Operating Room: Effects on Speech Intelligibility and the Recognition of Auditory Alarms | Joseph Schlesinger, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Critical Care Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Reflections on Best Practices of Music in and as Therapy, with a Salutogenic Focus on Hospitals | Sumathy Sundar, Ph.D., professor and director of the Center for Music Therapy Education and Research, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry, India
  • Shared Moments in Therapy | Gerhard Tucek, Fh.-Prof. Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr., director of the Institute of Therapeutic Sciences/IMC University of Applied Sciences, Krems, Austria, and head of the Josef Ressel Center: Horizons of Personalized Music Therapy at the IMC
  • Survivors of Trauma: The Use of Music for Resilience-Building and Healing in Areas of Armed Conflict | Rebecca Vaudreuil, Ed.M., MT-BC, Creative Forces Music Therapy lead at the NEA Creative Forces: Military Healing Arts Network