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Music Therapy

Brian Abrams
Brian Abrams
Associate Professor of Music
Music Therapy
Undergraduate & Graduate Coordinator
973-655-3458
abramsb@montclair.edu

Brian Abrams, PhD, MT-BC, LPC, LCAT, Analytical Music Therapist and Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery, has been a music therapist since 1995, with experience across a wide range of clinical contexts. Prior to his current position at Montclair State University as Associate Professor of Music (2008-present) and Coordinator of Music Therapy (2010-present), he served on the faculty at Immaculata University (2004-2008) and Utah State University (2001-2004). He has published and presented internationally on a wide range of topics such as music therapy in cancer care, music psychotherapy, humanistic music therapy, and the interdisciplinary area of Health Humanities. He has also contributed to the establishment of several medical music therapy programs. He has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals, such as Music Therapy Perspectives, the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, and Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy. From 2005 to 2011, he served on the Board of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), including as President from 2007-2009. On a national level, he serves on the AMTA Assembly of Delegates (including as Speaker from 2012-2013), and served on the AMTA Board of Directors from 2010-2013.


Karen Goodman
Karen Goodman
Professor of Music
Music Therapy
973-655-5268
goodmank@montclair.edu
Karen Goodman – Website

Karen D. Goodman, Professor, credentialed as a music therapist, special education teacher and creative arts therapist, has enjoyed varied and extensive clinical practice at facilities including New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and The Creative Arts Rehabilitation Center. Educated at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Hunter College, Montclair State College and New York University, her recent books circulating in over 70 countries include the highly praised International Perspectives in Music Therapy Education and Training: Adapting to a Changing World (2015), Music Therapy Education and Training: From Theory to Practice (2011), and Music Therapy Groupwork with Special Needs Children: The Evolving Process (2007). Former Editor-in-Chief, Music Therapy: The Journal of the American Association for Music Therapy, Prof. Goodman lectures worldwide on higher education in music therapy and, further, clinical techniques for clients with psychiatric and/or neurodevelopmental disorders. In addition to teaching, consulting, supervising and writing, Prof. Goodman served as the coordinator of music therapy for over two decades, designed 31 academic courses and currently serves as Senior Music Therapist in the Music Therapy Clinic, Affiliate Faculty for the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, Visiting Specialist for the Department of Psychology (winter/summer) and Editor to The International Journal of Clinical Medicine.


Sarah Accardi
Adjunct Professor
Music Therapy
973-655-7212
accardis@montclair.edu


Amy Clarkson
Amy Clarkson
Adjunct Professor
Music Therapy
Main Office: 973-655-7212
clarksona@montclair.edu

Amy L. Clarkson, MMT, MT-BC, CP, LCAT, is a board certified music therapist and certified practitioner of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy. She received her music therapy training at Montclair State University and Temple University. She has served as a fieldwork supervisor and adjunct faculty member at the Cali School since 1998. In addition to those roles, she is now a clinical training associate, coordinating the practicum training placements for the music therapy program. She also provides music therapy services at Montclair State University’s Ben Samuels Children’s Center, working with children who are on the autism spectrum, and serves as a consultant for the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health. Amy has many years of clinical experience in working with children and families affected by domestic violence. She currently has a private practice in central New Jersey, where she provides music therapy and psychodrama services for children, teens and adults who are facing a range of life challenges. She has presented at local, regional and national conferences, and has published on the topics of songwriting and identity, music therapy for children with autism spectrum disorders, and the integration of the creative arts therapies in helping children heal from trauma.


Lynn Coyle
Lynn Coyle
Adjunct Professor
Music Therapy
Main Office: 973-655-7212
coylel@montclair.edu

Lynn Coyle, MM, MMT, MT-BC, has been the Director of Music Therapy at Matheny Medical & Educational Center, a premier facility for people of all ages with developmental disabilities, since 2000. She has presented regionally to educators and administrators, as well as music therapists. She has served as the treasurer for the New Jersey Association for Music Therapy and was a member of the New Jersey Task Force for Occupational Regulation.


Scott MacDonald
Scott MacDonald
Adjunct Professor
Music Therapy
973-655-7212

Scott MacDonald, MMT, MT-BC, LPC, is a music therapist at the Belmont Behavioral Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, with over 14 years of clinical experience as a music therapist working with people with mental health and substance use issues. He has served as an adjunct faculty member in music therapy at Immaculata University, teaching courses in repertoire development and clinical song writing. From 2007 to 2013, Scott led a youth song writing project called Hear Our Voices at Carson Valley Children’s Aid. Scott has presented this work and other topics at numerous conferences in the United States, and recently had a chapter published in the book,Therapeutic Uses of Rap and Hip Hop, (2012) Hadley, S. & Yancey, G., (Eds.). He received his master’s degree from Temple University in 2008, completing a thesis on a phenomenological analysis of group music therapy experiences for adult psychiatric inpatients.


Eric Miller
Eric Miller
Adjunct Professor
Coordinator, David Ott Laboratory for Music and Health
Music Therapy
Main Office: 973-655-7212
millerer@montclair.edu

Eric Miller, biofeedback therapist and board-certified music therapist, is author of Bio-guided Music Therapy (2011). He serves as adjunct faculty at Montclair University, and has lectured at the Naropa Institute, Bryn Mawr College and Immaculata University, among other institutions. Recent international presentations include appearances in Seoul, Tapei, Hong Kong, Kiental, Switzerland and Torino, Italy. Dr. Miller serves as Executive Director of nonprofits Music for People, Expressive Therapy Concepts and he also founded the Biofeedback Network. In 2007, he  collaborated with Grammy winning cellist, David Darling on the instrumental CD, Jazzgrass.


Katilin Miller
Kaitlin Miller
Adjunct Professor
Music Therapy
Main Office: 973-655-7212

Kaitlin Miller, MA, MT-BC, has been working as a Board Certified music therapist since 2013. She currently works at Essex County Hospital Center, a psychiatric hospital serving adults age 18-65, where she conducts a variety of individual and group music therapy sessions. Kaitlin has been a clinical supervisor to MSU practicum students at this site since 2015. Prior to working in adult psychiatry, she was a Creative Arts Therapy Coordinator for the PALS program in Union county, which provides creative arts therapy services to child survivors of domestic violence. While at PALS, Kaitlin established the first music therapy program at the site. Additionally, Kaitlin is a jazz trumpet player and has performed professionally in and around NYC at venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Allen Room at Lincoln Center and The Iridium.


Lean Oswanski
Leah Oswanski
Adjunct Professor
Music Therapy
Main Office: 973-655-7212

Leah Oswanski, MA, LPC, MT-BC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey, Board Certified Music Therapist, and professional musician. She has been a clinician for 12 years and has been the Coordinator of Music Therapy at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Medical Center since 2002. She has presented both nationally and internationally on music therapy with recent titles: Music Therapy Best Practices for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning; I’ll See You on the Dark Side of the Moon?: Music Therapy Techniques for Self Care; and The Use of the Somatron Recliner During Adult Oncology Music Therapy Sessions. Recent joint publications include: Music therapists’ attitudes and actions regarding the LGBTQ community: A preliminary report (The Arts In Psychotherapy, 2013) and Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning: Best practices in music therapy (Music Therapy Perspectives, 2013). An active member of AMTA, she has served 10 years as the Professional Advocacy Representative for the Mid-Atlantic Region and as an Assembly Delegate since 2009.


Andrew Rossetti
Andrew Rossetti
Adjunct Professor
Music Therapy
Main Office: 973-655-7212
rossettian@montclair.edu

Andrew Rossetti MMT, LCAT, MT-BC, is a clinical music psychotherapist, researcher, and coordinator of the multi-site music therapy program in radiology oncology at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. He is a visiting professor at the University of Barcelona and has lectured throughout the world. He received his master’s degree in Music Therapy from the Facultad de Psicologia Blanquerna (Ramon Llull University,Barcelona Spain). He has developed music therapy programs in hospitals in the United States and Spain, and serves as a consultant in the Palliative Care Unit of the Hospital del Mar, Parc de Salut (Barcelona). His publications include articles in the book Music and Medicine: Integrative Models in the Treatment of Pain, the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology and Physics, and co-authorship of the NICU Compendium: Rhythm, Breath & Lullaby, a comprehensive guide to music psychotherapy in neonatal intensive care units. He is interested in further development of Environmental Music Therapy in fragile environments, and in using music psychotherapy to address trauma and the challenges of cancer treatment. His work has been highlighted in such venues as National Public Radio’s Science Friday, CBS News NY, and the New York Psychoanalytic Society’s Helix Center Roundtable Series.


Paula Unsal

Paula Unsal
Adjunct Professor
Music Therapy
973-655-7212

Paula Unsal, MM, MA, MT-BC, received her education at Northwest Missouri State University, Boston University and Montclair State University, and as a Board Certified Music Therapist has been Adjunct Faculty at the Cali School since 2008 serving as faculty observer for practicum students across all clinical populations. She has been an invited campus lecturer at Montclair State University and Fairleigh Dickinson University-Madison. Since 2013 she has served as Chair of the New Jersey State Task Force on Occupational Regulation involving legislation for music therapist licensing in New Jersey and other regulatory issues. Prior to music therapy clinical work with adults with developmental disabilities, children on the autism spectrum and adult psychology, she taught music and sang professionally. Her awards include the David Ott Fellowship for Outstanding Music Therapist (Graduate); Honor Award in Opera for two consecutive years at Boston University, New York Singing Teachers Association award- Lincoln Center concert, and Third Place New England Region and First Place in New Jersey District-Metropolitan Opera auditions. She also served on boards of Bel Canto Opera and Professional Women Singers Association as President. Her professional affiliations include New Jersey Association of Music Therapists, American Music Therapy Association, and New York Academy of Sciences.