Spanish Translator: Natalia Garrido
Natalia Garrido was born in Madrid, Spain, where she earned her Masters degree in Music Therapy from the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid. Her post-graduate work in Madrid was focused extensively on children living with physical and neurologic impairment, and emotional disturbance, as well as with pediatric patients admitted to cardiac unit of the Gregorio Marañón Hospital. Continuing this work internationally, Natalia provided music therapy to physically and emotionally challenged children form underprivileged areas and low resources in Mexico and India. Subsequently, she accepted the position as the 2010/11 Research Fellow for the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine in New York, NY. She has built a music therapy program in the oncology unit of the Hospital de Jaen, Spain where her work focuses on developing environmental music therapy, conducting research within the chemotherapy infusion suite and providing individual music psychotherapy. Natalia participated in the 2012 World Music Therapy Congress in Bangkok, Thailand. She was co-author in the research Effects of Monochord Music on Heart Rate Variability and Self-Reports of Relaxation in Healthy Adults conducting in School of Therapeutic Sciences, SRH University Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany. Since she came back to Spain, Natalia is currently working with elderly people who suffer Alzheimer and young people who are hospitalized in a mental health facility.