Joy Allen

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Joy Allen joined Berklee as chair of the Music Therapy Department in August 2016. She is an accomplished clinician, supervisor, researcher, teacher, and administrator with extensive experience in psychological health, pain management, and the family system. Allen has expertise working with children, adolescents, and adults with mental health issues applying a family systems approach. She is particularly passionate about working with individuals and families facing chronic illnesses, including cancer. Her current research interests include quantitative analysis of the effects of music therapy on the psychological health of medical patients, guided imagery and music with medical patients, and medical music therapy theory development and efficacy. She comes to Berklee from Loyola University in New Orleans where she served as coordinator of music therapy and associate professor.

  • Career Highlights
    • Faculty Director, Quality Enhancement Plan for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation
    • Editor of Guidelines for Music Therapy Practice: Adult Medical Care (Barcelona Publishers)
    • Contributing author on publications involving medical music therapy, oncology, and pain management
    • More than 17 years professional experience as a music therapist, including supervision of practicum students and interns
    • Advanced training in guided imagery and music and neurological music therapy (NMT)
    • Former clinical training director and coordinator of music therapy, Trident Health Systems, South Carolina
    • Developed several music therapy clinical programs in healthcare settings around the East Coast
    • International, national, and regional presenter at music therapy conferences including the World Congress of Music Therapy and the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) National Conference


  • Awards
    • Outstanding Contribution to Research, Southeastern Region - American Music Therapy Association
    • Outstanding Graduate Research, Temple University
    • The 2008 Community Outreach Healthcare Hero Award
    • Charleston Regional Business Journal and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of South Carolina
    • Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Music Therapy, Temple University
    • Joanne Marie Cardillo Memorial Fund for Music Therapy, Temple University
  • Education
    • B.M.T., Loyola University, New Orleans
    • M.M.T., Ph.D., Temple University