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Amy Robertson

Director of Music Therapy/Assistant Professor of Music Therapy

Dr. Robertson earned her Bachelor of Music Performance from Oklahoma City University and her Master of Music in Music Therapy and Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education with Emphasis in Medical Music Therapy and Early Childhood from the Florida State University.  She is a Fellow of the National Institute of Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy and is a collaborator in the international Early Notes Network, a music therapy consortium for childhood neurodevelopment that consists of specialized music therapy experts and researchers. 

Before coming to UMKC, Dr. Robertson founded the music therapy program at Florida Hospital Orlando where she was program coordinator, internship supervisor, and worked clinically as a medical music therapist within populations such as neonatal intensive care, pediatrics, oncology, cardiac, hospice/palliative care, behavioral health and neurologic rehabilitation for more than nine years.  Her research focuses are neonatal intensive care unit music therapy interventions, early childhood music therapy, music therapy for individuals with neurologic disorders, procedural support music therapy, and pediatric music therapy.  She publishes and presents regionally, nationally and internationally to music therapy, music education and medical audiences.  She authored Music, medicine, & miracles: How to provide medical music therapy for pediatric patients and get paid for it (2009), a guide for hospital administrators and music therapists on how to implement and expand music therapy services within a children’s hospital through cost-savings and reimbursement.   She is also co-author of a soon to be released book with Dr. Jayne Standley titled Evidence based music therapy clinical practice.

Dr. Robertson currently serves on the continuing education committee for the Certification Board for Music Therapists and is the regional student advisor for the Midwestern Region Music Therapy Student Association.