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I’ve continued my personal summer quest to finish 6 books on my professional reading list. In June I shared my review of two books related primarily to autism spectrum “disorder.” The theme of topical pairing now continues with two books on emotion regulation…
Review of Handbook of Emotion Regulation (2nd Ed.)
Emotion regulation (ER)—and particularly ER development—is […]

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World Congress-bound: A Preview

by Kimberly on July 2, 2017 · 0 comments

I blog this morning from a hotel room outside the LAX airport. In 6 hours I’ll be on a flight again and, should all go smoothly, in 17 hours will be touching down at Narita airport in Tokyo. From there I make the hourlong bus ride north to Tsukuba, Japan to attend the 15th World Congress […]


A Landmark Week for Music Therapy Awareness

June 21, 2017
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The week of the 2017 Memorial Day holiday will go down as a landmark week for the music therapy profession in the United States. Let’s start at the end…
Through a partnership between the Kennedy Center and the National Institutes for Health (NIH), music therapy was on full display during the June 2-3 “Sound Health: Music […]

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Summer Reading Challenge, Part 1: Neurodiversity and Movement Differences

June 13, 2017
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Academic life makes for a busy 40 weeks. These include the 32 weeks of actual classes, meetings, defenses, and grading, along with the extra 8ish weeks of course prep and semester wrap-up.
These 40 weeks leave me busy enough there’s little to no time for non-teaching related activity. (Long-time readers may have noticed my blogging schedule […]

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Pomp and Circumstance-inspired Musings

May 13, 2017
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I am fresh off the annual academic tradition of the commencement ceremony. With its academic regalia, inspirational speeches, decorated caps, air horns, and (of course) music, this event marks a concrete moment in life when one transitions into a new role—student to professional, student back to (law/medical/grad) student, student scholar to professional academic.
I enjoy the […]

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Advocacy at All Levels

January 30, 2017
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Women’s marches
Immigration policy protests
Tax day marches
We have seen a wave of protest activity over the past few months. Though these public demonstrations are focused on objections, and thus inherently carry with them a negative association, they can also be perceived as large-scale advocacy efforts. Advocacy for the protection of rights, safety, health, and families. Advocacy […]

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[PsychToday] Inaugurations, Women’s Marches, and the Social Role of Music

January 19, 2017
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I’ve found myself wondering what type of music we’ll hear this weekend. In case you’ve missed it, there are some pretty big events happening over the next couple of days—a certain Inauguration ceremony Friday followed the next day by a Women’s March. The purpose of each is vastly different, as are the people associated with […]

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#MTAdvocacy 2017: Your Guide to Zen Advocacy

January 4, 2017
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It’s January! Which means it’s not only time for resolutions, but also time for the annual music therapy social media advocacy month! Advocacy is not always easy, and it takes a certain amount of determination and persistence to see it through. This year’s theme centers on helping us maintain some semblance of sanity during the […]

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