Academic Journeys

Summer Reading Challenge, Part 2: Emotion Regulation Time

August 4, 2017
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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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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.
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10 Truths Learned as a First-Year Novice University Professor

May 11, 2015
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As of the publishing of this post, I have submitted my grades for the spring 2015 term, thus ending my first year as a full-fledged university professor.
I’ve come to view my transition into professor-ship this year a bit like what it means to become a parent or be a PhD student. No one can really […]

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[Guest Post] The Importance of Testing Treatments for Mental Illness Before we Sell Them

March 13, 2014
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I read an interesting exchange on a Facebook feed recently between this author, clinical psychologist and researcher Dr. Michael Anestis, and some of my music therapy friends and colleagues about the perceived state of music therapy research. The exchange, though unresolved, was enticing enough that I reached out to Michael and invited him to share […]

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Research and the Ph.D.: My Third “Child”

October 17, 2013
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I am beginning to understanding that my Ph.D. will be my third child. There’s a surprising amount of shared experiences involved in bringing a human being into this world and adding three little letters behind your name. There is the emotional, mental, and physical fatigue. Feelings of needing to push (which is biological when giving […]

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Behind the Research Cake

October 3, 2013
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I don’t have any data to support this, but I’d venture to guess that most people interact with research when they read a journal article or hear a news-worthy soundbite. In essence, most people are seeing the final product, a perfectly frosted cake sitting prettily in the middle of the table.
What they don’t see is […]

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SMPC 2013 Wrap-up and Reflections

August 13, 2013
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I have recently returned from the 2013 meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC), which was held at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. On the first leg of my return trip, I was asked by the gentleman sitting next to me to share the “one big thing” I learned at this conference.
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10 Strategies for Processing the Big Ideas

July 30, 2013
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It has officially been more than two weeks since I have last updated my blog! Yikes!
It has been quite a productive two weeks, though. I’ve spent the majority of the time making progress on my scholarly work. This is an exciting stage for me—many of my ideas, readings, and writings are finally starting to gel […]

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