February 21-23, 2019 | New York Hilton Midtown, NY

Suzanne Hanser EdD, MT-BC

Suzanne Hanser EdD, MT-BC

Chair Emerita, Professor - Berklee College of Music


Suzanne B. Hanser, EdD, MT-BC is Chair Emerita and Professor of Music Therapy at Berklee College of Music, having founded the Music Therapy Department in 1995. Dr. Hanser has published more than 30 clinical trials related to the effect of music therapy interventions on such outcomes as pain, anxiety, physiological changes, indicators of stress, quality of life, mood, etc. She has conducted randomized clinical trials studying the impact of specialized music therapy protocols in the following specialties: oncology, geriatrics, cardiac rehabilitation, and family medicine. She has published several books, including Integrative Health through Music Therapy: Accompanying the Journey from Illness to Wellness, Manage Your Stress and Pain through Music with Dr. Susan Mandel, and The New Music Therapist’s Handbook. She has written 22 book chapters, and articles in such diverse journals as Cardiology in Review, Pain, Journal of Urban Culture Research, Music and Medicine, Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology, Psychosomatics, and Journal of Gerontology. Hanser established the Music Therapy Service at the Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), where she created music therapy protocols for implementation during chemotherapy. She is a frequent lecturer and workshop leader at national and international conferences, including the World Congress Integrative Medicine and Health, International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, and National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Conference. She has provided keynote presentations for the International Association for Music and Medicine in China and the International Music Therapy Conference in India, amongst others. Dr. Hanser has delivered Grand Rounds at medical centers around the world, including Harvard and Dartmouth Medical Schools, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Asahikawa Medical Center in Japan. She has conducted workshops at many colleges and international venues, including the Apollo Center in Beijing, China. She offers a MOOC on the Edx platform on Music for Wellness, with Annette Philip. Dr. Hanser earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in music therapy from The Florida State University, an EdD from Columbia University, and a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine, with sponsorship of a National Research Service Award from the National Institute on Aging. She is Past President of the American Music Therapy Association and the World Federation of Music Therapy. She is currently Secretary of the International Association for Music and Medicine, and Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. In 2006 Dr. Hanser was named by the Boston Globe as one of eleven Bostonians Changing the World. She received the Sage Publications Prize for her article, From Ancient to Integrative Medicine: Models for Music Therapy, and the American Music Therapy Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Music Therapy for Stress and Pain Management

Feb 22 2018
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Clinton Suite
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