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About Us

In 2004, Dr. Robert Stroker, Dean of the Boyer College of Music and Dance, provided the vision for the creation of The Arts and Quality of Life Research Center. The mission of the Center is to promote research, training, and innovative programs that demonstrate the unique role of the arts in making a difference in people’s lives. To this end, it focuses on exploring uses of various creative arts to enhance human functioning, developmentally, intellectually, psychologically, socially, physically, aesthetically and spiritually.



An interdisciplinary group of experts guides the activities of the Arts and Quality of Life Research Center, representing the following disciplines: Medicine, Music Education, Music Therapy, Dance, Visual Arts, Architecture, Film, Occupational Therapy, Public Health, Therapeutic Recreation and Community Outreach.


Dr. Cheryl Dileo, Music Therapy
Dr. Beth Bolton, Music Education
Dr. Ruth Farber, Occupational Therapy
Dr. Tom Gordon, Public Health
Dr. Andrea McGraw Hunt, Music Therapy
Mr. Mark Huxsoll, Music Preparatory Division
Dr. Lisa Kay, Tyler School of Art
Prof. Brigitte Knowles, Tyler School of Art
Dr. Suzanne Lesnik-Emas, Therapeutic Recreation
Prof. Dustin Morrow, Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media
Dr. Ellen Tedaldi, Temple University Hospital
Dr. Billy Yalowitz, Tyler School of Art



The following organizations have generously provided funding for our research, training, and outreach programs:


Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation      
Barra Foundation
Exelon Generation
Mid-Atlantic Region of the AMTA
The State of Pennsylvania Formula Fund

Temple University, Provost Seed Grant
Temple University, Faculty Senate Seed Money
Samuel P. Mandell Foundation
Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation


Contact Us

The Arts and Quality of Life Research Center
Temple University
Presser Hall
2001 N. 13 Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
T.U. Zip: 012-00

Dr. Cheryl Dileo, Director
Dr. Andrea McGraw Hunt, Assistant Director

Phone: 215-204-8542