Joanne Loewy DA, LCAT, MT-BC co-Editor in Chief, Director of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine, Associate Professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Founding Member of the International Association for Music and Medicine. The Department of Music Therapy, which she initiated at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in 1994, treats musicians-their unique ailments, children with developmental delays, teens with emotional issues, adults with neurological disorders and patients of all ages with asthma and COPD. Her research includes music therapy with neonates, sleep, pain and pulmonary diseases. Loewy serves on several editorial boards-and is a Cochrane NICU and Palliative Care reviewer. She received her doctorate from NYU and has edited several books:
Music Therapy in Pediatric Pain, Music Therapy in the NICU, Music Therapy at End of Life, Caring for the Caregiver: Music Therapy in Grief and Trauma and Integrative Advances in Music and Medicine: Music, the Breath and Health.
Ralph Spintge MD, Dr.med., is Director of the Institute for Medical Music Research IMUR, Luedenscheid Germany, lifetime Professor for MusicMedicine at University for Music and Drama; Adjunct Professor em. at Institute for Music Research UTSA, Co-EIC Journal Music and Medicine. Since 1981 he conducted psychophysiological studies about anxioalgolytic effects of music in medical settings at various Universities such as Hirosaki/Japan, Vienna/Austria, Rotterdam/The Netherlands, New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music Sydney/Australia, and several german university hospitals. He published numerous articles and 23 books. He serves as President of the Int. Soc. for Music in Medicine ISMM, and is Honorary Member of IAMM, and of MusicTherapy Association of Catalonia/Spain, Board Member Skille-Lehikoinen Center for Vibroacoustic Research VIBRAC University of Jyväskylä Finland. His recent research projects include Individualized Music Therapy in chronic pain, medicofunctional music and HRV, implementation of medicofunctional sound scapes in medical settings.
Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, RP, MTA, MT-BC is Assistant Professor, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto; Instructor and Supervisor, Wilfrid Laurier University; and Academic Coordinator & Instructor, Interdisciplinary Studies, Ryerson Chang School. She is a credentialed Music Therapist, Registered Psychotherapist and a Fellow in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, as well as in Neurologic Music Therapy. Amy has extensive clinical experience with a specialty in older adults, dementia and palliative care. She has authored multiple peer reviewed publications and given over 200 conference and/or invited academic presentations. Her research contributions have had a significant impact in the understanding of understudied phenomenon, resulting in excelled treatments and services provided by professionals in music and medicine. Amy is Research and Ethics Chair of the World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT), and Managing Editor of the Music and Medicine journal. She is a former President of the WFMT and Canadian Association for Music Therapists.
Erik Baumann MMT, Lima Peru, has a bachelor degree in Clinical Psychology and a Masters degree from Universitat de Barcelona. Worked at the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine in New York with Palliative Care, Oncology and Pediatrics, in the role of Intern and later International Research Scholar. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Music and Medicine, as well as the Production Editor for the Journal “Music and Medicine” (IAMM). He is a published writer and has presented his work in Spain, Sweden, New York, and several cities of Peru, and as an invited speaker at the IAMM Congress in China and Barcelona. He is currently working on his private practice, while creating, with a group of colleagues, awareness of music therapy, conferences, workshops, and promoting music therapy on the media, among others.
Bernardo Canga, MMT is an Intensive Care Specialist Music Therapist and Community Faculty at the Division of Global Health at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk. He holds a Master Degree in Music Therapy from the Pontifical University of Salamanca, Spain and a Clinical Music Therapy Fellowship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, USA. Published author in medical and music therapy journals, he lectures regularly in national and international symposiums. He has a strong professional focus on International Health. As a Medical Educator for Physicians for Peace, he implemented training in Music Therapy and Pediatric Burn Care at their international sites. His research interests are currently therapeutic interventions on mental health with forcibly displaced populations.