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Dr. Cheryl Dileo
Dr. Darlene Brooks
Dr. Kenneth Aigen
Dr. Wendy Magee

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Cheryl Dileo received her PhD in Music Education for College Teaching from Louisiana State University and her Bachelor's and Master's in Music Therapy from Loyola University of the South. She is a Board-certified music therapist with several years of experience as a clinician and consultant. She currently coordinates the Master's Program in Music Therapy, the music therapy clinical programs at Temple University Hospital and is a music therapist at Compassionate Care Hospice. In addition, she is the Director of the new, interdisciplinary Arts and Quality of Life Research Center at Temple University(www.temple.edu/boyer/researchcenter.htm ).She has recently received a $300,000 grant from the State of Pennsylvania Formula Funds to conduct medical music therapy research at Temple University Hospital . She has served as Program Coordinator of Music Therapy and on a number of college and university committees (e.g., Institutional Review Board, Alternative Medicine Committee). She founded the music therapy program at the University of Evansville and has served on the music therapy faculty at Loyola University .  She was named the McAndless Distinguished Scholar and Professor in the Humanities for the 2002-3 academic year at Eastern Michigan University . She has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Music Therapy and Music Therapy: The Journal of the American Association for Music Therapy. She is currently a consulting editor for the International Journal of Arts in Psychotherapy, the International Journal of Arts Medicine, and the Journal of Music Therapy and MusicMedicine (Germany).

She serves as a grant consultant for the National Institute of Health, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the National Cancer Institute. Additionally, Dr. Dileo was named Carnell Professor of Music Therapy at Temple University.

She has held a variety of leadership positions in the National Association for Music Therapy, including President, Vice-President, and Council Coordinator. She played a leading role in the development of the NAMT Code of Ethics, and currently Co-Chairs AMTA's Ethics Board. She has received the Association's Award of Merit, the highest award given by the Association, as well as the AMTA Distinguished Research/Publication Award. She has also served in a variety of leadership positions for the World Federation of Music Therapy, including, President, Past-President, Chair of the Commission on Ethics and Incorporation Officer. She developed the WFMT Guidelines for Ethics and Research. She has given more than 200 lectures and workshops in this country and abroad, having conducted lecture tours in 17 countries on 5 continents. Her book, Ethical thinking in Music Therapy, is the only music therapy text on the topic. Her books have been translated into other languages.

Publication-wise, she has:

  • authored 1 book (on music therapy ethics)
  • edited 3 books (on medical music therapy and international practices in music therapy)
  • co-edited 4 books (on medical music therapy and music therapy education and training)
  • co-authored 3 books (on medical music therapy and music therapy education and training)
  • authored 60 book chapters for edited volumes
  • contributed more than 25 articles to refereed journals.

Her current research interests include:

  1. quantitative analyses and meta-analyses of the effects of music therapy on the longevity, biomedical, biochemical and psychosocial factors of medical and terminally ill patients;
  2. the development and testing of new music therapy interventions in medicine, particularly involving songs, entrainment, and improvised music;
  3. theory development in medical music therapy from a biopsychosocial perspective;
  4. multicultural issues in music therapy practice;
  5. outcomes of various approaches to teaching professional ethics.
  6. experiential training in music therapy
  7. spirituality, meaning and the use of narratives in music therapy practice.

Professor Dileo can be reached via e-mail at cdileo@temple.edu.

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Darlene Brooks, Associate Professor of Music Therapy. Ph.D., Temple University. Darlene Brooks. Professor Brooks received her Ph.D. in Psycheducational Processes from Temple University, and her Bachelor's and Master's in Music Therapy from Loyola University of the South. She is a Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC), a Fellow in Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT), and a Reiki Master. Dr. Brooks has over 20 years of clinical experience in music therapy, and 15 years of supervisory experience as a clinical training director. Areas of clinical specialty include music therapy with adolescents, geriatrics, adult psychiatry, psychiatric disabilities in children, chemical dependency and autism. 

Dr. Brooks served on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Music Therapy for eight years, and the Certification Board for Music Therapists for six years. At Loyola University, Dr. Brooks was Coordinator of Music Therapy. In addition, she served on the Curriculum Committee, The Dean's Advisory Board, and several university committees, and she chaired the College of Music Rank & Tenure Committee. At Temple, Dr. Brooks is the Director of Music Therapy, Coordinator of the Masters Program in Music Therapy, teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, and serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies for Boyer College of Music & Dance, on the Boyer Executive Council and other committees in the college. She has presented at numerous conferences and workshops, and has several clinical and research publications; and over the last twenty years, she has also maintained an active interest in performing in community musical theatre. She has served on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Music Therapy and is presently on the Editorial Board for The Arts in Psychotherapy. Her current interests include: GIM, alternative medicine, and music therapy education and supervision.

Professor Brooks can be reached via email at dmbrooks@temple.edu.

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Kenneth AigenKenneth Aigen has a BA degree in psychology and philosophy ( University of Wisconsin-Madison ) and MA and DA degrees in music therapy ( New York University ). He has worked as a music therapist since 1982 with extensive experience with both children and adults in a wide variety of clinic and school settings. Clinical specialties include work with developmentally-delayed children and adults in psychiatry. He is a Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC), a New York state Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) and has certification as a Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapist (NRMT). He spent many years working with music therapy pioneers Florence Tyson at the Creative Arts Rehabilitation Center (CARC), and Carol and Clive Robbins at the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy at New York University , where he served as Co-Director until 2006. Dr. Aigen has also been a Senior Researcher at Aalborg University Center ( Denmark ) and a Visiting Professor at Nagoya Institute of the Arts ( Japan ).

Dr. Aigen is a former President of the American Association for Music Therapy and has served on the Executive Board of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). He was the Scientific Chairman of the Ninth World Congress of Music Therapy, Co-Chairman of the International Symposium for Qualitative Music Therapy Research, and Chairman of the Second International Symposium for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy. He is on the editorial boards of Qualitative Inquiries in Music Therapy and the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy , having previously served in this capacity for The Arts in Psychotherapy, Music Therapy, and the Journal of Music Therapy . He a Trustee of the International Trust for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, a member of the Board of Directors of the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Foundation, and a Scientific Board Member of the International Music Therapy Institute in Berlin . His contributions to the profession have been recognized through having earned the President's Award of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the AMTA and NYU's Edith Hillman Boxill Award for Distinguished Achievement in Music Therapy.

He is a recognized authority on Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, qualitative research, and the musical bases of music therapy, and many of his publications pursue themes in these areas. His scholarly contributions have earned him the Research and Publications Award of the AMTA. These contributions include 74 conference presentations and university lectures in 21 universities and 12 countries throughout the world.


Current Research and Theoretical Interests:


      (1) Applications of schema/metaphor theory to music therapy

      (2) Meta-analyses of qualitative music therapy research

      (3) Community music therapy

      (4) Applications of music studies to music therapy with a focus on applying findings on the non-clinical uses of music in everyday life to clinical music therapy

Out of a belief that music therapists must maintain their active connection to music, Professor Aigen continues to work as a bass player in various jam bands. He can be reached at kaigen@temple.edu

Wendy Magee gained a BMus (Music Therapy) from University of Melbourne, Australia, and PhD (Music) from the University of Sheffield, UK. During her undergraduate degree, Dr Magee developed a passion for working in adult neurology, which lasts to this day. Following a Postgraduate Diploma at the Royal College of Music in London, (Harpsichord Performance) she commenced working in 1990 at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in London with adults with acquired and complex neuro-disabilities. With over 20 years experience working in neurology, she has developed extensive specialist clinical skills in this area and has pursued a range of research with adults with neurological conditions including traumatic brain injury, stroke, Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington's Disease, low awareness states, and Locked-in Syndrome. Dr. Magee is widely published in peer-reviewed music therapy, interdisciplinary and rehabilitation journals with a number of research topics and has an extensive international teaching and conference portfolio. She has published 25 articles in refereed journals; 15 book chapters in edited volumes; and over 45 refereed conference presentations.

She is a Fellow in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) and brought the first International Training Institute for NMT to Europe in 2009, gaining funding grants from competitive sources to establish a bursary scheme which enabled international delegates from geographically and economically disadvantaged regions of the world to attend. Awarded a Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Fellowship in 2009, she undertook an international study into the applications of music technology in health and educational contexts in the USA, based at Berklee College of Music in Boston. This fellowship culminated in hosting an international interdisciplinary conference in London in 2010 and a forthcoming edited book on Music Technology in Therapeutic and Health Settings in 2013.

Dr Magee currently serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Music Therapy and Music Therapy Perspectives, with previous positions held with the Australian Journal of Music Therapy (Associate Editor) and the British Journal of Music Therapy. She is a past Chair of the British Society for Music Therapy (2006 - 2010) during which time the BSMT transformed to the new organization of the British Association of Music Therapy. She has represented the Association of Professional Music Therapists in the UK for many years as an advisor on several governmental strategic working parties and multi-professional bodies. She is presently a member of the Commission of Research and Ethics for the World Federation of Music Therapy. She is an active musician in vocal and improvisation ensembles.

Her current research and theoretical interests include:
(1) Developing the evidence base for Music Therapy practice in neurology and rehabilitation, including developing and testing treatment methods and measurement tools, and within interdisciplinary practice
(2) Advancing the clinical application of new and emerging electronic music technologies in Music Therapy, including brain-computer interfacing and assistive technologies for music-making
(3) Furthering understanding of identity issues in modern health contexts: gender, sexuality and fertility in the 21st century

Dr. Magee can be reached via email at wmagee@temple.edu



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