Student Research Projects

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Research activity is critical to the advancement of the music therapy profession as it enhances the understanding of music as unique human behavior and provides best practice guidelines for clinicians. 

The following list includes some of the outstanding student research projects that have been completed by music therapy students in the Frost School of Music:

Masters Theses and Clinical Projects

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  • Masters Theses and Clinical Projects (selected)

    Alison Belinsky (clinical project), Development of a Musical Executive Function Training protocol for adults with schizophrenia

    John Britton (clinical project), The Development of a Music-mindfulness Intervention for Patients with Cancer

    Ruthanne Cain (clinical project), The Role of Musical Triggers in Substance Use Disorder

    Carolyn Dachinger (thesis), Impulsivity and Performance on a Music-based Cognitive Rehabilitation Protocol in Persons with Alcohol Dependence

    Angela Davis (thesis), The Effect of Film Score on Emotion and Self-talk

    Jenny Denk (thesis), An Exploratory Study Examining the Impact of a Music Therapy Support Group on Perceived Stress, Anxiety, and Depression in Long-term Caregivers

    Esther Hood (clinical project), Developing the Music Assessment of Pediatric Voice (MA-PV)

    Anqi Jiang (thesis), The Effect of Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation (RAS) on Gait in Young Children with Cerebral Palsy

    Amy Kalas (thesis), Joint Attention Responses to Simple versus Complex Music of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Stephanie Kawzenuk (thesis), Music Therapy Undergraduate Education and Student Clinical Training Learning

    Erin Keenan (thesis), The Immediate Effects of Rhythm on the Timing of Upper Extremity Movements in Patients with Parkinsons Disease

    Emily Lambert (thesis), Rhythmic Motor Tempo in Elderly with Mild Cognitive Impairment

    Katherine Lantigua (clinical project), Development of a Music Attention Control Training (MACT) program to improve selective attention in toddlers with developmental delay

    Allison Lockhart (thesis), The Effect of Rhythmic Proprioceptive Input on Attention in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): An Exploratory Study

    Jessica MacLean (thesis), An Exploratory Study to Examine a Drumming-to-Speech Intervention for Prosody Perception in Preschoolers with Cochlear Implants

    Brianna McCulloch (thesis), The Effect of Music on Alternating Attention in a Match/mismatch Task in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Alecia Meila (thesis), Exploring the Use of Music Interventions on Emotion Competence in Individuals with Special Needs: A Systematic Review

    Brea Murakami (thesis), Music as a Mnemonic Device for Verbal Recall in Healthy Older Adults

    Andy Panavides (thesis), The Role of Personality and Mood in Music-use in a High Cognitive Task

    Allison Pindale (thesis), The Effect of Musical Mnemonics and Music Training on Word Recall

    Evan Privoznik (thesis), Perception of Music-Emotion in Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Marlén Rodrigeuz-Wolfe (thesis), The Effect of Preferred Music Listening on Pain Tolerance in a Cold-pressor Task

    Hilary Yip (thesis), A Rhythmic Cueing in Martial Arts Protocol For the Motor Skills of Children with Autism: An Exploratory Pilot Study 

Doctoral Dissertations

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  • Doctoral Dissertations

    Carolyn Dachinger, The Effect of a Music-movement Intervention on Arousal and Cognitive Flexibility in Older Adults with and without Mild Neurocognitive Disorder

    Eunju Jeong, Music Therapy Assessment of Attention for Traumatic Brain Injury

    Linda Lathroum, The Relationship between Pitch Processing and Phonological Awareness in Five- to Six-year-old Children

    Hayoung Lim, Developmental Speech and Language Training through Music for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Julie Stordahl, The Influence of Music on Depression, Affect, and Benefit finding Among Women at the Completion of Treatment for Breast Cancer