Karen Goodman

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Professor, Cali School of Music
Professor, Cali School of Music

Chapin Hall 248
Chapin Hall 248
BA, University of Wisconsin
MS, Hunter College
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Karen D. Goodman, Professor, Music, credentialed as a music therapist, a special education teacher and a licensed creative arts therapist, received her education at University of Wisconsin - Madison, Montclair State College, Hunter College-C.U.N.Y., and New York University.

She has conducted research-based clinical work in child and adult psychiatry and neurodevelopmental disabilities at facilities throughout the Greater New York area including New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Creative Arts Rehabilitation Center, Child Development Research Center, Communication Disorders Demonstration Program-MSU, and Regional Day School at Morris.

She has lectured at conferences and other university programs in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Israel, Korea ,Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States presenting issues germane to both her clinical techniques (assessment, sensory integration, musical process in schizophrenia, DIR in music therapy, group music therapy, music and poetry) , supervision and educating music therapists.

Former Editor-in-Chief of Music Therapy: The Journal of the American Association for Music Therapy , Professor Goodman serves on the Editorial Board to both the International Journal of Clinical Medicine and Higher Education, Teaching and Learning , the publication of the International HETL Association; she also provides editorial consulting to Oxford, Pearson and Routledge.

Goodman's work is widely published and distributed in more than 70 countries through conference proceedings, on-line commentary, peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and the following books:Music Therapy Groupwork with Special Needs Children:The Evolving Process (Goodman, 2007); Music Therapy Education and Training: From Theory to Practice (Goodman, 2011) ; International Perspectives in Music Therapy Education and Training: Adapting to a Changing World (Goodman, 2015).

Currently overseeing program assessment for the Cali School of Music and providing oversight for the music therapy programs, Professor Goodman served as Coordinator, Music Therapy for two decades, founding the graduate program in 1998, and has been a primary contributor to curriculum development throughout the College of the Arts.

She serves as a Senior Music Therapist through the Preparatory Division of the John J Cali School of Music, as Affiliate Faculty to the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health and as a Visiting Specialist for the Department of Psychology (Winter/Summer) .


Music therapy assessment: developmental and projective (Goodman, 1989)
Music therapy and sensory integration (Goodman, 2007)
Music therapy and DIR with children on the autistic spectrum (Goodman, 2007)
Variables in successful group work through music therapy. (Goodman, 2007)
Theory to practice in education and training of the music therapist (Goodman, 2011)
Music therapy training and service learning (Goodman, 2011)
Music therapy and poetry therapy (Goodman, 2009)

note: For clinical services, workshops and lectures, please contact by email, goodmank@mail.montclair.edu

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