Editorial Team

joanne loewy


Joanne Loewy DA, LCAT, MT-BC
The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, New York City, USA

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
Institute for Music Therapy, University for Music and Drama, Hamburg, Germany

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.



Managing Editor

Amy Clements-Cortés, PhD, MTA, MT-BC, FAMI
University of Toronto, Music and Health Sciences; Wilfried Laurier University, Canada

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 Bauman, MMT

Production Editor

Erik Baumann, MMT
Private Practice, Lima, Peru

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.



International Abstracts Editor

Bernardo Canga, MMT
Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, USA

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.


Editorial Board

Joanne V. Loewy, DA, MT-BC , LCAT, The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, United States
Ralph KW Spintge, MD, Inst Music Therapy University of Music & Drama Hamburg, Inst Med Music Research IMUR Luedenscheid, Heidelberg, Germany
Trygve Aasgaard, PhD, Norwegian Academy of Music and Oslo University College, Norway
Sivaprakash Balasundaram, MD, PhD, Psychiatry, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, India
Eckart Altenmüller, MD, PhD, University of Music, Drama, and Media Hannover Institute of Music Physiology and Musicians’ Medicine, Germany
Erik Baumann, MMT, Private Practice, Peru
Bussakorn Binson, PhD, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
Elsa Anne Campbell, PhD, MT, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Joke Bradt, PhD, MT-BC, Drexel University, United States
Xi Jing Chen, PhD, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Hyun Ju Chong, PhD, MT-BC, Ewha Womans University, Korea, Republic of
John Peter Chong, MD, Medical Director, Musicians’ Clinics of Canada, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Andrew Coiro, PhD, Conservatoria Luisa D’Annuzio di Pescara, Italy
Mark Ettenberger, PhD, MT, Department of Music Therapy, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia
Isabel Fernandez Carvajal, MD, Universidad de Valladolid, Instituto de Biologia y Genetica Molecular (IBGM), Spain
Sunelle Fouché, MA, Music Therapy Community Clinic Cape Town Area, South Africa
Tian Gao, MMT, Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China
Jennifer Grau-Sánchez, PhD, OT, Schl Nursing & Occupational Therapy of Terrassa, Autonomous Uni of Barcelona, Bellvitge Biomed Research Inst, Spain
Stéphane Guétin, MD, Department of Neurology, Centre Mémoire de Ressources Recherches (CMRR), Montpellier University Hospital, Montpellier, France
Friederike Haslbeck, PhD, DMtG, SFMT, Neonatology, Universitats Spital Zurich, Switzerland
Annie Heiderscheit, PhD, MT-BC, LMFT Director of Music Therapy Augsburg College Minneapolis, MN, United States
Artur Jaschke, PhD, Music Therapy & Cog Neuro Music, ArtEZ Uni, Neonatology, Uni Med Ctre Groningen, Clinical Neuropsych, VU Uni, Netherlands
Karen Johnston, MD, Neurosurgery, Toronto, Canada
Pornpan Kaenampornpan, PhD, Faculty of Fine and Applies Arts Khon Kaen University, Thailand
Aksana Kavaliova, MMUS, Private Practice, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario Canada, Bahrain
Sonnet L’Abbe, PhD, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Klaus-Felix Laczika, MD, Medical University Vienna Department of Internal Medicine I, Austria
ChihChen Sophia Lee, PhD, MT-BC, Professor, Director of Music Therapy, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, United States
Teresa Lynn Lesiuk, PhD, University of Miami, United States
Frances Hendriëhetta Le Roux, MSc, PhD, Private Practice, Fish Hoek, South Africa
Pranee Liamputtong, PhD, School of Psychology & Public Health, La Trobe University, Australia
Marcela Lichtensztejn, MA, MT-BC, APEM | Vanguardia en Artes Aplicadas, Ciencia y Salud, Argentina
Charles Limb, MD, Otolaryngology: Head & Neck & Otology, Neurotolgy & Skull Base Surg, Univ of Calif San Fran, United States
Yi-Ying Lin, PhD cand., Taipei Medical University Hospital, Taiwan, Province of China
Hilary Moss, PhD, University of Limerick, Ireland
Yee Sien Ng, MD, Singapore General Hospital, SingHealth Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore
Ulrica Nilsson, RNA, PhD, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden
Monika Nöcker-Ribaupierre, PhD, former Head of Freies Musikzentrum München, Germany
Paul Nolan, MMT, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, United States
Hanne Mette Ochsner Ridder, PhD, Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University, Denmark
Kana Okazaki-Sakaue, PhD, Associate Professor Graduate School of Human Development and Environment Kobe University, Japan
Aiko Onuma, MT-BC, Kakehashi Music, Boston, Mass, United States
Phillip L. Pearl, MD, Harvard Medical School, United States
Isabelle Peretz, PhD, University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Alexia Ratazzi, MD, Child Adolescent Psychiatry, PANACEAA, Argentina
Antoni Rodriguez-Fornells, PhD, Cog & Brain Plasticity Unit ICREA & Dept.Psych (Bellvitge) & IDIBELL University of Barcelona L’Hospitalet, Spain
Andrew Rossetti, PhD Cand MMT, MT-BC, LCAT, The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine, Mount Sinai Healthcare System, United States
David I Sahar, MD, FACC, FAHA, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, United States
Teppo Särkämö, PhD, MA, University of Helsinki, Finland
Joseph Schlesinger, MD, Vanderbilt University Hospital, United States
Fred Schwartz, MD, Piedmont Hospital Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Helen Shoemark, PhD, Temple University, United States
Amanda Soebadi, MD, Child Neuro Division, Dept of Child Health, University Indonesia Med School, Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, Jakarta, Indonesia
Thomas Stegemann, MD, MT, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria
Sumathy Sundar, PhD, Chennai School of Music Therapy, India
Patsy Tan, PhD, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia
Julian Thayer, PhD, Department of Psychology, Ohio State University, Ohio, United States
Hans-Joachim Trappe, MD, Department of Cardiology and Angiology, Germany
Alan Turry, DA, MT-BC, LCAT Nordoff Robbins Center for Music Therapy, New York University, United States
Patravoot Vatanasapt, MD, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Thailand
Juri Yun, MT-DMtg, KCMT, Ewha Music Wellness Center, Korea, Republic of
Ga Eul Yoo, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Barbara L Wheeler, PhD, MT-BC, Professor Emeritus, Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, New Jersey, United States