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Apr 7, 2006    #005
Contact: Wandra Brooks Green
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UMKC’s Sheri Robb Receives Outstanding Research Publication Award from the American Music Therapy Association

The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s (UMKC) Conservatory of Music associate professor of music therapy, Sheri Robb, recently received the Outstanding Research Publication Award from the American Music Therapy Association. Robb, Ph.D., MT-BC, is currently involved in three research studies, including serving as Co-Principal Investigator of a NIH grant.

The award is given to honor the contributions of a member for the development of the profession of music therapy through research, scholarly activity or creative products, which results in advanced knowledge and progress in the profession of music therapy. Robb has conducted research in the use of therapeutic music interventions to diminish symptom distress and promote positive coping behaviors in children and adolescents with cancer.

“Sheri Robb has completed a multitude of studies, too numerous to mention,” said Barbara Reuer, director of Music Worx and the person who nominated Robb for the AMTA award. “Sheri has several books and monographs to her publication credit. One of the most noted and respected is ‘Music Therapy in Pediatric Healthcare: Research and Evidence-Based Practice.’ “

Also, Robb has more than 30 publications in journals, books, book chapters, research monograph, online publications and book reviews. She has presented lectures nationally and internationally.

Robb received a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from Florida State University, Masters Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Auburn University, and Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education/Music Therapy from The University of Kansas.

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The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

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Prior to her appointment at UMKC, Robb worked as a music therapy clinician with pediatric patients receiving treatment for cancer, burns, and head/spinal cord injuries. She has also worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Robb serves as Immediate Past-President of the Midwest Region of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), as a regional Assembly Delegate for AMTA, and has served on the Editorial Board of Music Therapy Perspectives. Robb conducts clinical research at Children's Mercy Hospital, focusing on the use of therapeutic music interventions to diminish symptom distress and promote positive coping behaviors in children and adolescents with cancer. She also has conducted research in the use of music to promote learning in young children with visual impairments and multiple disabilities. Robb has numerous peer reviewed journal publications and was editor/contributing author for the book, Music Therapy in Pediatric Healthcare: Research and Evidence-Based Practices.

Robb was awarded a UMKC Trustees’ Faculty Scholar Award for her research in music therapy and pediatric cancer in 2004 and the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005. She is currently working on two multi-site national studies investigating the use of music interventions to diminish symptom distress and promote active coping behaviors and resilience in young patients with cancer. Robb presents regularly at medical and music therapy conferences at the local, regional, national, and international levels.

Music Therapy and Cancer Intervention Slide Show http://www.umkc.edu/news/Musictherapy/slide1.htm

 

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