Founding Members


To view a brief biography on each of the IAMM founding members, please click on the names listed below.

Alan Turry (US) DA, LCAT, MT-BC 

Alicia Clair (US-mid west) PhD, MT. 

Bussakorn Binson (Thailand) PhD. 

Cheryl Dileo (US) PhD, MT-BC 

Clare O'Callaghan (Aust) PhD, MT. 

Concetta Tomaino (US) DA, LCAT, MT-BC. 

David Aldridge (Germany) PhD, FRSM. 

Eckart Altenmüller (Germany) PhD, MD.

Fred Schwartz (US-South) MD. 

Gerhard Tucek (Austria) PhD, MT.

Jaakko T. Erkkilä (Finland) PhD. 

James S. Gordon (US) MD. 

Jane Edwards (Ireland) PhD, MT. 

Joanne Loewy (US) DA, LCAT, MT-BC. 

Kahil El'Zabar (US) PhD. 

Lars Ole Bonde (Denmark) PhD. 

Lucanne Magill (Canada) DA, MT-BC. 

Mohammad Reza Abdollahnejad (Aust) PhD. 

Mohan Sundararaj (India) MBBS, MD, BMus, MT. 

Neysa Navarro (Spain) MD, PhD. 

Patravoot Vatanasapt (Thailand) MD, MS. 

Patsy Tan (Singapore) PhD, MT-BC. 

Pr. Sergey V. Shushardzhan (Russia) MD. 

Sandra Bertman (US) PhD, FT. 

Shelley Andrews (US). 

Stephan Quentzel (US) MD, JD. 

Stephen Clift (UK) PhD. 

Sumathy Sundar (India) MA, PhD. 

Sunelle Fouché (Africa) MA. 

Suzanne Hanser (US) PsyD, MT-BC. 

Tian Gao (China), PhD, MT. 

Tony Wigram (Denmark, UK) PhD. 

Vera Brandes (Australia). 

Viktoria Korneeva (US) MT-BC. 




Alan Turry DA, LCAT, MT-BC, NRMT

Dr. Alan Turry, DA, MT-BC, NRMT, LCAT is Managing Director of the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. The first music therapist formally certified to run a Nordoff-Robbins training course, he is responsible for the overall administration, research, clinical services and the training program at the Center. Turry also teaches clinical improvisation in the New York University Master’s program.

Dr. Turry is recognised for his innovative contributions to the Nordoff-Robbins approach. These include the utilisation of contemporary idioms, his use of improvisation and improvised songs in group music therapy, as well as pioneering work with self-referred adults integrating music psychotherapy and community music therapy practice. Aspects of his approach are detailed in a number of publications including Transference and Countertransference in Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy from The Dynamics of Music Psychotherapy (Kenneth E. Bruscia, Ed.) and The Use of Improvised Song for Children and Adults with Cancer in the text Music Therapy and Medicine (Cheryl Dileo, Ed.). Turry is a member of the editorial board of Music and Medicine, a new interdisciplinary journal that is an integrative forum for clinical practice and research related to music interventions and applications of clinical music strategies in medicine. Turry’s research has focused on the psychological effects of musical elements. Specifically, he examined the music and lyric content in the improvised expressions of a woman with cancer receiving music therapy treatment. His study was recently published in Music and Medicine, Volume I no 2.

Recent projects include work in the area of music therapy and speech rehabilitation.

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Bussakorn Binson PhD

Dr. Bussakorn Binson (Sumrongthong) is an Associate Professor in Music at the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University. She received her PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of York, UK. Her interest in music therapy began after returning from the UK. The focus of her research involved the adoption of the Japanese Akaboshi music therapy techniques while incorporating the use of Thai musical instruments at the Thai Red Cross’s, Sawangkanivas Rehabilitation Center. This project was supported by the Thailand Research Fund.

She is one of the founding members ofInternational Association of Music and Medicine. She is an editorial board of Music and Medicine Journal, Cities Journal, Journal of Urban Culture Research, Journal of City, Culture and Society. She is also a research fellow and a co director of Urban Research Plaza, Osaka City University, Japan.

More recently, she was invited by Thailand’s Ministry of Health to write the first comprehensive music therapy book in order to introduce music therapy concepts to the medical staff throughout Thailand. The research on traditional healing music from the 4 regions of Thailand including the survey of therapeutic music therapy programs in Thailand have been led by her in year 2008. She has conducted research focusing on Music and Healthcare in the parks of 5 districts in Bangkok in year 2009. This project will continue to cover 50 Bangkok’s districts in the next 2 years.

 Currently, she receives support from Office of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Civil Service Commission to conduct Music Therapy research in 3 hospitals in Urban Thailand. More information please visit:

Cheryl Dileo PhD, MT-BC

Cheryl Dileo, PhD, MT BC is Carnell Professor of Music Therapy and Director of the Arts and Quality of Life Research Center at Temple University. She currently coordinates the PhD Program in Music Therapy at Temple University and the music therapy clinical programs at Temple University Hospital. She was named the 2003 McAndless Distinguished Scholar and Professor in the Humanities at Eastern Michigan University.

She is on the Honorary Faculty at the University of Melbourne Australia, and a member of the PhD Program Advisory Board at Aalborg University, Denmark.

She serves or has served on the Editorial Boards of a number of journals and is a regular grant consultant for NIH. She has served the National Association for Music Therapy as President, Vice President, and Council Coordinator. She has served the National Association for Music Therapy as President, Vice-President, and Council Coordinator.

She developed the NAMT Code of Ethics, and has Co-Chaired its Ethics Board. She has received the Association's Award of Merit, as well as the AMTA Distinguished Research/Publication Award.

She is a Founding Member of the International Association for Music and Medicine. She has also served the World Federation of Music Therapy as President, Past-President, Chair of the Commission on Ethics and Business Manager. She was the recipient of the 2006 Temple University Faculty Research Award.

She has given more than 200 lectures in the US and abroad and has authored/edited 13 books and over 80 book chapters and articles. She is a co-author of 7 Cochrane systematic reviews on medical music therapy. She has received grant funding from a variety of sources, including the State of PA Formula Fund and the Barra Foundation.

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Clare O'Callaghan

Clare O'Callaghan PhD is a music therapist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, and Caritas Christi Hospice, St Vincent's Health, Melbourne Australia. She is also Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, and Honorary Fellow, The Faculty of VCA & Music, at The University of Melbourne.

During 2008-9, Clare led eight research collaborations examining the role of music in cancer experience across the lifespan as a National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Post Doctoral Fellow in Palliative Care. Initially a social worker, Clare completed her music therapy training at The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, in 1985.

Clare has published extensively in music therapy, medical, and arts journals and book chapters, and has lectured widely, both in Australia and abroad. She has also served on numerous professional committees. Notable contributions have included developments in music therapy song writing techniques and practice based research.

Clare has an extremely varied research background, for example, leading a randomised controlled trial examining music's effect on adult anxiety during radiotherapy, and the "qualitative clinical data-mining" of music therapists' "practice wisdom" to advance knowledge in pediatric oncology. In 2009, Clare was awarded an International Research Promotion Council “Eminent Scientist of the Year” International Award in the field of Palliative Care and Music Therapy.

Contact: Dr Clare O’Callaghan,


Concetta Tomaino DA, LCAT, MT-BC.

Dr. Concetta Tomaino is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function and Senior Vice President for Music Therapy at Beth Abraham Family of Health Services, where she has worked since 1980. She graduated from SUNY at Stony Brook with a BA in Music Performance in 1976 (her instrument is the trumpet), a minor in psychology and sciences, and a commitment to the emerging field of music therapy. She received the Masters and Doctor of Arts in Music Therapy from New York University.

Dr.Tomaino is internationally known for her research in the clinical applications of music and neurologic rehabilitation. She has lectured on music therapy throughout the United States and in, Argentina, Australia, South Africa, Italy, England, and Canada. She is past president of the American Association for Music Therapy and received the Award of Accomplishment from Music Therapists for Peace at the United Nations. In 1999 she received a Touchstone Award from “Women in Music” for her visionary spirit. In 2004 she received the Music has Power Award from the IMNF and the Zella Bronfman Butler Award which is given by the UJA-Federation of New York in partnership with the J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation to professionals in the UJA Federation agency network for their outstanding work on behalf of individuals with physical, developmental, or learning disabilities. In 2010 she was honored as one of “Three Wise Women” by the National Organization of Italian American Women.

Her work has been featured in national programs including 48 Hours and 60 Minutes; in international programs including the BBC; and in books on health and healing, including A Matter of Dignity, by Andrew Potok; The Mozart Effect, by Don Campbell; Age Protectors (Rodale Press); Sounds of Healing, by Mitchell Gaynor, M.D; and An Anthropologist on Mars, by Oliver Sacks, M.D. Dr. Sacks book Musicophilia is dedicated to her.

Dr.Tomaino is on the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the ATTP II team of the National Parkinson’s Foundation and the New York State Geriatric Education Consortium. Dr. Tomaino is a founding board member of the International Association for Music and Medicine. She has been a Super Panelist for the GRAMMY in the Schools program and has served on the Certification Board of Music Therapists, the Journal of Music Therapy, and on the advisory boards for the Center for Alternative Research at the Kessler Institute, and the International Journal of Arts Medicine.

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Eckart Altenmüller PhD,MD

Eckart Altenmüller holds a Masters degree in Classical flute, and a MD and PhD degree in Neurology and Neurophysiology. Since 1994 he is chair and director of the Institute of Music Physiology and Musicians’ Medicine. He continues research into the neurobiology of emotions and into movement disorders in musicians as well as motor, auditory and sensory learning.

During the last ten years, he received 18 grants from the German Research Society (DFG). Since 2005 he is President of the German Society of Music Physiology and Musicians’ Medicine and Member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences.

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Fred Schwartz SD

Dr.Fred Schwartz is an anesthesiologist who practices at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia who has utilized music in numerous patient populations. He has studied and written about the use of music in the NICU, operating room, and cardiac care. He founded Transitions Music n the late 1980's and developed music for babies incorporating womb sounds as well as music and uided visualization for adult sleep, relaxation, and surgery.

Dr.Schwartz is an active member of ISMM (International Association or Music in Medicine) and SAMA (Sound and Music Healers Association), American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), and MHTP (The Music for Healing and Transition Program). His interests include finding bridges between various professional groups who use music for healing.

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James Gordon MD

James S. Gordon, MD, a Harvard educated psychiatrist, is a world-renowned expert in using mind body medicine to heal depression, anxiety, and psychological trauma. He is the Founder and Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Dean of the Graduate School of Mind-Body Medicine at Saybook University, a Clinical Professor at Georgetown Medical School, and recently served as Chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. His most recent book is Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven Stage Journey Out of Depression (Penguin Press).

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Jane Edwards PhD, MT

Jane Edwards is President of the International Association for Music & Medicine. She is the director of the Music & Health Research Group at the University of Limerick.

Originally from Australia, Jane has lived in Ireland since 1999 working at the University of Limerick (UL). She is the guest professor for music therapy at the University of the Arts in Berlin, Germany. She is director of the MA in Music Therapy Course and was formerly the Assistant Dean for Research in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. She was the Chair of the Advisory Commitee for the Graduate Medical School at UL for several years during the time of its founding, and she was an elected member of the Governing Authority of the university for 5 years.

Jane has published extensively in the field of music and healthcare in medical contexts including an edited book 'Music: Promoting Health and Creating Community' with contributors from 8 countries. She is a member of the editorial board for Music & Medicine, Journal of Music Therapy, and Arts in Psychotherapy.

Her book 'Music Therapy in Parent Infant Bonding' (2011) is published with Oxford University Press.

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Joanne Loewy DA, LCAT, MT-BC


Joanne Loewy DA, LCAT, MT-BC is the Director of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine, and an Associate Professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

The Louis Armstrong Center among many populations is serving musicians and their unique ailments including chronic fatigue, chemical dependency, performance anxiety and overuse. It also serves children with developmental delays, teens with emotional issues, adults with neurological disorders and all ages of patients with asthma and COPD. She oversees the Department of Music Therapy which she started at Beth Israel in 1994.

Dr Loewy has conducted research in sedation, assessment, pain, asthma and NICU music therapy. Her areas of specialty are assessment, hermeneutic research, trauma, pain and clinical supervision. Dr. Loewy is the co-Editor in Chief of the international, peer reviewed journal 'Music and Medicine' and serves on several editorial boards including the Cochran Palliative Care review and the Journal for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. She received her doctorate from NYU. Dr Loewy has edited several books including Music Therapy in Pediatric Pain, Music Therapy in the NICU, and she co-edited Music Therapy at End of Life and Caring for the Caregiver: Music Therapy in Grief and Trauma and the new Integrative Advances in Music and Medicine: Music, the Breath and Health. She is a Founding Member of the International Association for Music and Medicine and teaches at Hahnemann Creative Arts Therapy graduate music therapy program at Drexel University in Philadelphia, New York University, Malloy College and at the University of Barcelona and the University Autonoma in Madrid, and the Centro Extremeño de Investigación, Musicoterapéutica (CEIM), in Cácere, Spain. She has received the American Music Therapy Association's Outstanding Clinical Practice award and the Society for the Arts in Healthcare team leadership and education a ward.


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Kahil El'Zabar


Dr. Kahil El’Zabar is an internationally acclaimed musician and composer. He has performed throughout the world with such luminary artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Nina Simone, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Pharoah Sanders and a host of others. El’Zabar has recorded numerous award winning projects and he has scored some very successful feature films such as, “Mo Money” (Columbia Pictures), “Love Jones”(New Line Cinema),” How U Like Me Now?” (Universal),”Savanah” (Dino Delarentis). He also scored the arrangements for the theatrical version of Disney’s “The Lion King” and is an accomplished poet and author for Third World Press.

Lesser known but just as important is Dr. El’Zabar’s career as an arts administrator and educator. El’Zabar served as the administrator of the AACM (Association of the Advancement of Creative Musicians) from 1973-1979. In 1975, El’Zabar was sited by Time Magazine as being the youngest major arts administrator in America at 25 years old. In the 80’s, he founded and was the administrative Director of Fepa (Forum for the Evolution of Progressive Arts) which produced The Underground Jazz Festival and the Black Light Film Festival. In the 90’s,El’Zabar was hired by the internationally acclaimed Steppenwolf Theater as their Interdisciplinary Arts administrator. While at Steppenwolf, Kahil created and curated the now famous Traffic Series.

From 2000-2004, Dr. El’Zabar was the Artistic Director of Chicago’s African Arts Festival. El’Zabar took this festival from 20,000 patrons on the Labor Day Weekend to a 200,000 weekend attendance in less than five years. In these various capacities of administrations in a variety of diverse organisations El’Zabar was able to achieve enormous success continuously. He’s had a knack for bringing people together with a cohesive synergy that inspires a cogent work ethic. Through his efforts all of the above organisations prospered financially.

As an educator, El’Zabar spent over 20 years as an Associate Professor of African American music and Interdisciplinary Arts. Dr. El’Zabar taught at the University of Arizona, (Tuscon) 1983-1985, University of Nebraska (Lincoln) 1985-1992, University of Illinois (Chicago) 1993-1999. Dr. El’Zabar has served on several prestigious boards such as the Lila Wallace Readers Digest Fund, The National Campaign for the Freedom of Expression, NAAO (National Association of Artists Organizations), NPN (National Performance Network), and the NEA (National Endowments for the Arts). Dr. El’Zabar was appointed by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, to serve on the National Task Force of arts presenting in education. El’Zabar has won numerous awards for his music and composition. He is currently the artist in residence for the Ministry of Culture of France in the city of Bordeaux. El’Zabar received a Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Arts from Lake Forest College in May 2006. El’Zabar was nominated for Knighthood by the French government in March 2008 (The Chevalier Medal of Letters).

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Lars Ole Bonde PhD


Lars Ole Bonde is a Danish music therapist (MTL, FAMI) originally trained in musicology and literature. He attained his PhD at Aalborg University where he has been an associate professor in music therapy since 1995, teaching theory, practice and research.

Since 2008, he has worked part-time as professor in music and health at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Assosicate editor of Nordic Journal of Music Therapy. Many books, chapters and articles on opera, music education and music therapy.

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Mohammad Reza Abdollahnejad PhD


Mohammad Reza Abdollahnejad is PhD student in Psychology. He is founder and directory board member of Music Application in Mental and Physical Health Association (MAMPHA). He is also founder and directory board member of Persian Therapeutic Community Association (PTCA).

He has applied music therapy with drug dependents in Therapeutic Community and outpatient centres in Iran for many years. Also, Reza has taught physicians, psychologists, musicians, social workers and occupational therapists at MAMPHA about music therapy and relevant fields. Moreover, he as an executive manager and scientific board member of seminars with great and unforgettable helping of Dr. Masoud Nematian, who has passed away, and other colleagues in MAMPHA has held 5 nation wide seminars in music therapy, which were first seminars in Iran about Music Therapy.

Reza has done some researches in drug dependency and music therapy field, which were the first researches in this field in Iran. Furthermore, some of his articles about the use of music therapy in drug dependents have been published. Also, these papers have been presented in national and international conferences.

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Patravoot Vatanasapt MD, MS


Dr.Patravoot Vatanasapt is an otolaryngologist specialized in head and neck surgery, who's interested in using music in various clinical settings. He graduated from Khon Kaen University, obtained Otolaryngology training at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; and graduated in Master of Science in Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, USA.

He was first introduced to music therapy while he exercised as a visiting physician at Berklee College of Music, and Beth Israel Medical Center, NY, USA in 2007.

As a musician behind the glasses of physician, he initiated the interactive use of music in medical setting at Srinagarind Hospital, the only university hospital in the Northeast of Thailand. He is also a founder of Music for Health Research Group, a multi-disciplinary team to study on using music to improve health in different populations, at Khon Kaen University. Besides his clinical experience, he is also one of the founders of Hug School of Creative Arts, a school for music, dance, art, and drama that applies concepts of therapeutic use of music and creative arts to enhance human potentials. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Head and Neck Surgery Unit, Department of Otolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Thailand.

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Patsy Tan PhD


Dr. Patsy Tan, PhD, MT-BC, NMT, NICU-MT. Job Title: Music Therapist. Affiliation: Singapore General Hospital. Research interests: Music therapy with hearing impaired population; Application of technology in music therapy practices and research.

Dr. Patsy Tan is an American Board Certified Music Therapist. She is also trained in Neurologic Music Therapy and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Music Therapy. Dr. Tan is a professional member of the American Music Therapy Association and the Association for Music Therapy (Singapore).

For the past fifteen years, she worked in the United States, Taiwan and Singapore as a music therapist. She has worked with a variety of populations in various settings. The populations she has served include patients with Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, traumatic brain injury, special needs, burns as well as heart and lung transplant. She has also lectured in Taiwan and given talks in China. She has published in scholarly journal and presented in various professional conferences.

Dr. Tan came back to Singapore and joint Singapore General Hospital ENT in 2005 as an Auditory-Verbal Therapist and later doubled up as music therapist where she established the first music therapy program specifically for hearing impaired children in aural/oral habilitation in SE Asia. In 2007, she became a full-time music therapist at SGH Music and Creative Therapy Unit under the division of allied health.

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Sandra Bertman PhD, FT

Sandra L. Bertman is Distinguished Professor of Thanatology and Arts at the National Center for Death Education, Mount Ida College. For most of her career she was Professor of Humanities in Medicine and founding Director of the Program of Medical Humanities and the Arts in Healthcare at UMass Medical and Graduate Nursing Schools Synthesizing visual and creative arts, literature, spiritual values, and cultural beliefs, Dr. Bertman’s expertise is cultivating the therapeutic imaginations of clinicians in clinical and academic settings through illustrated lecture-presentations and workshops.

She introduced the arts and humanities into the programs and curricula of the New England AIDS Education and Training Center, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and continues to develop and conduct Care for the Caregiver Projects which she has presented in Africa, Australia, Europe and Japan.

Her publication and media credits include the classic handbooks, Facing Death: Images, Insights and Interventions, Grief and the Healing Arts: Creativity as Therapy, the United Press International Award winning radio program “Sing a Song of Dying” and the Christopher  Award film, “Dying.”  

Bertman was named Outstanding Death Educator by both the Association of Death Education and Counseling and the National Center for Death Education, honored by the University of Massachusetts for Distinguished Professional and Public Service, recipient of the first humanities award by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, inducted into honorary membership to Sigma Theta Tau, the International Graduate Nursing Honor Society,  is Distinguished Fellow in the Society for Arts in Healthcare (and the 2013 recipient of the lifetime achievement  awards from both the Global Alliance of Arts in Healthcare and the International Workgroup on Death, Dying and Bereavement.



Sergey V. Shushardzhan MD


Professor Sergey V. Shushardzhan: President of The National Association For Music Therapy (Russia); President of The European Academy For Music Therapy (Bulgaria); Doctor of Medicine; Doctor of Philosophy in Medicine. Academician of the IAIM, RAMTS, PAS&A and IAEIS. Member of Dissertation and Scientific Councils of Scientific Center of Rehabilitation Medicine and Resorts of Russian Ministry of Health; Member of the German International Society for EAV Method; Honorable Member of Italian Music Therapy Association; Founding Member of the International Association for Music & Medicine.

Pr. Sergey V. Shushardzhan has 2 higher educations: medical and musical (opera singer and vocal tutor).

As Doctor Pr. Shushardzhan improved the professional skill on: - Medicine (Student of Stavropol State Medical Institute 1971-1977); - Therapy (1977-1978, Internship in Stavropol State Medical Institute); - Cardiology (1978, State Medical Institute, Rostov on Don ); - ReflexoTherapy/Acupuncture at the Department of ReflexoTherapy of the Russian Academy of Improvement of Skill of Physicians in Moscow in 1988,1993, 1996; 2001; 2006. - Electro acupuncture by Voll in the Institute for Electro acupuncture by Voll e.V. in Munich in 1995.

As professional opera singer of high international class (baritone) Sergey Shushardzhan after educating State Conservatory in 1984 has traveled and sung with great Success in Opera Houses of different European Countries. He has extensive musical knowledge and repertoire: more than 15 parts ,500 arias and songs.

Adequate professional skill in different fields of Medicine and Music has given him occasion to devise new original methods of non medicament treatment, in particular – Music Therapy. Pr. Shushardzhan has started his scientific investigations from 1993 till now.

Publications in the fields of Medicine, Music Therapy and Psychology: more than 110 papers, 4 monograph, 2 dissertations , 3 books, 95 scientific articles and inventions, educational textbooks.

Some of scientific activities: - Developed unique method of Music & Vocal Therapy which is some special Treating and Training system based on the rules of Belcanto. It activates Non specific resistance and reserves of human organism. Positive effect in treating cardiovascular, bronchopulmonary pathology and neurosis was marked. - Discovered and registered some vibration waves in vitals during singing by special computer system. - Discovered Byoresonance response from somatic cells and microbes after influence of some kinds of music, in particular - activisation of vital function of cancer cells (cultivited Melanoma BRO) and suppression of vital function of some microbes. Method of radiometric indication of effect was used in the work; - Discovered and registered influence of acoustic waves on points of Acupuncture; - Developed new method Contact Reflex Music Therapy (through Acupuncture Points); - Developed new method Distant Reflex Music Therapy (with 15 special CD programs); - Developed new Technologies of Music Therapy: * Psychosomatic Music Therapy (with 35 special CD programs), * Music & Drugs Combining Method; - Developed Reflex - Resonance Theory of Music Therapy which had opened multilevel mechanism of Music influence on Human organism. - Developed Doctrine for Integration of Eastern and Western Medicine.

Pr. Shushardzhan was invited for international seminars as an originator of new methods in Medicine and lecturer: in Munich, Germany, 1995; London, England, 1996, 2003; Paphos, Cyprus, 1997, 2001, 2008; Nice, France, 1998; Bari, Italy, 1999; Hannover, Germany, 2004; Moscow since 1991 till now and in Elenite, Bulgaria 2010. All of them were very successful.

Pr. Shushardzhan was an active participant of 45 International Conferences, President of 5 International Congresses for Integrative Medicine, which were held in Cyprus, Russia and Italy. In 2001 he was awarded a laureate diploma by Russian Minister of Health at "Zdravnitsa 2001" international forum.

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Shelley Andrews


Shelley’s focus is to expand SAGE’s growing list of journals in science and medicine and she manages Music and Medicine on behalf of SAGE Publications. With almost 20 years of publishing experience, Shelley is an accomplished senior publishing professional skilled in financial planning, print and electronic project management, new product development, and leadership.

Before joining SAGE, she served as Executive Editor for Oxford University Press and in prior roles has developed new products for CMEinfo, and managed and acquired journals for Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and W.B. Saunders Company. Shelley is also a founding member of the North American Chapter of the Association of Learned and Professional Scholarly Publishers (ALPSP) as well as Vice-Chair of the Steering Committee.

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Stephen Clift BA, PhD, FRSPH


Stephen Clift is Professor of Health Education in the Faculty of Health and Social Care, Canterbury Christ Church University, and Research Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health. He has worked in the field of health promotion and public health for over twenty-five years, and has made contributions to research, practice and training on HIV/AIDS prevention, sex education, international travel and health and the health promoting school.

His current interests relate to arts and heath and particularly the potential value of group singing for health and wellbeing. He is one of the founding editors of Arts & Health: An international journal for research, policy and practice and one of the founder members of the International Association for Music and Medicine. He is also an active member of the AIRS project (Advancing Interdisciplinary Research on Singing) based at the University of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

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Sumathy Sundar MA, PhD


Dr Sumathy Sundar is a clinician music therapist in India and has attained her PhD in music therapy and cancer care from University of Madras, Chennai. She has Master’s degrees in Indian music and Applied psychology. She co-founded the Nada Centre for Music Therapy, a non profit organisation dedicated to development of music therapy based in Chennai.

She currently serves on the Editorial board of Music & Medicine, the journal of the International Association of Music and Medicine and is one of its founding members. She is the World Federation of Music Therapy Regional Liaison for South East Asia. She presents both nationally and internationally on music therapy and participates in conferences, seminars, symposia and panels and writes for music therapy journals.

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Suzanne Hanser PsyD, MT-BC


Suzanne B. Hanser, Ed.D., MT-BC is the founding chair of the Music Therapy Department at Berklee College of Music. She is Past President of both the World Federation of Music Therapy and the National Association for Music Therapy.

Dr. Hanser is music therapist at the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrated Therapies at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Visiting Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Hospital for Neurodisability. She has also served as lecturer in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hanser received a National Research Service Award from the National Institute on Aging and was a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine.

She is the author of The New Music Therapist's Handbook, and co-author with Susan Mandel of Manage Your Stress and Pain through Music. She has published numerous book chapters and written articles in such diverse journals as Nursing Home Medicine, Journal of Gerontology, Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, Journal of Music Therapy, Psychosomatics, Pediatrics, Journal of the International Association of Music for the Handicapped, Arts in Psychotherapy and Music Therapy Perspectives, among others.

She has served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the World Congress for Music Therapy and has presented at many international conferences. In 2006 she was named by the Boston Globe as one of eleven Bostonians Changing the World. In 2009, she received the Sage Publications Award for her article in Music and Medicine entitled, "From ancient to integrative medicine: Models for music therapy.

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Tony Wigram PhD


Professor Tony Wigram passed away on June 24 2011. His contribution to music and medicine will never be forgotten. IAMM acknowledges the deep sadness experienced in the community at his passing, and honours his enormous contribution to this field.

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Vera Brandes


Vera Brandes is director of the Research Program Music Medicine at the Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg, Austria. She is a music and media effect researcher and an award winning music producer. Between 1974 and 1999 she released more than 350 CDs featuring a broad spectrum of international artists and promoted a multitude of concerts, tours and festivals. Since 1995, Vera Brandes has been committed to the application of music in medical therapy and prevention. Since 1999 she organized advanced trainings for medical doctors and therapists in Neurodevelopmental Auditory Training. From 2001 to 2003, she lectured on culture & media at the University for Applied Sciences in Salzburg, Austria before she assumed her current position at the Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg.

Vera Brandes was one of the co-founders of the Science Network Man and Music at the University Mozarteum as well as the non profit organization saludArt and a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of I.M.A.R.A.A., International Music and Art Research Association Austria. She has co-initiated and co-organised the congress "in:fusion – New Qualities in Healthcare" (2004) and was co-initiator and co-organizer of the conference "Mozart&Science – The Impact of Music" (2006) and international program director of the conference "Mozart&Science 2008". In June 2009, Vera Brandes was elected vice president of IAMM (International Association for Music and Medicine). She published numerous articles and presents at conferences internationally.

Books publications: "Music that works: Contributions of Biology, Neurophysiology, Psychology, Sociology, Medicine and Musicology" (English) (Co-Editor: Roland Haas; Springer Vienna, New York, 2009) "Life in Rhythm" ("Leben im Rhythmus"), (only available in German), (Co-Author Christian Salvesen; O.W. Barth Verlag, Munich, 2006).

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Viktoria Korneeva MT-BC


Viktoria Korneeva, BA, MT-BC is an Artistic Director of “You Need Music”, Educational and Performing Enterprise. She is an active educator and music therapist. Viktoria graduated from Montclair State University with a BA in music therapy and from Moscow Music College by Ippolitov-Ivanov with BM in Piano Performance and Education.

Viktoria has recently established a new music therapy program at Genius Kids Academy in Morganville, New Jersey, where she conducts group and individual sessions with children 2 to 7 years.

Mrs. Korneeva is an organiser of a yearly regional Piano /Voice /Violin Competition “Olympic Challenge” which gives an opportunity to talented children 5 to 18 to perform at Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and share the stage with famous musicians – judges of the competition.

While being an intern at Beth Israel Medical Center, Viktoria created a pilot Stress Management group for Labor and Delivery Nurses and presented results of this work in a lecture for Nursing Students at CUNY college. Viktoria is an active advocate for music therapy interventions for medical personnel and lectured on this topic in Ireland in 2009.

In 2008 Viktoria became a Founding Member and International Manager of the International Association of Music and Medicine and assisted in the organisation of the First Symposium in Ireland in 2009. Viktoria is an active researcher. She participated in data collection for the Multi-site study “Heather on Earth”, which explored influence of music therapy interventions on vital signs of premature infants.











The International Association for Music & Medicine is a registered non-profit organisation formed in 2009 to encourage and support the use of music in medical contexts including research into the benefits of music, and its specialised applications in healthcare.
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