SRU music therapy research published


Oct. 8, 2020

Seven Slippery Rock University students and alumni from the music therapy program, along with a faculty member, had research published recently in peer-reviewed journals.

Kristen McSorley, a graduate student majoring in music therapy from Portland, Oregon, had her thesis titled “Sexism and cisgenderism in music therapy spaces: An exploration of gender microaggressions experienced by music therapists” published in The Arts in Psychotherapy, which shares research in the fields of mental health and creative arts therapies. McSorley also received a bachelor’s degree in music therapy from SRU in 2013.

Maevon Gumble, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music therapy from SRU in 2016 and 2019, was published twice in Voices, an interdisciplinary journal for dialogue and discussion about music, health and social change. Gumble’s articles were titled “Gender Affirming Voicework: An Introduction for Music Therapy” and “Gender Affirming Voicework: A Queer Autoethnographic Account.”

Also published in Voices was an article titled “Playing in the Borderlands: The Transformative Possibilities of Queering Music Therapy Pedagogy” that was co-authored by Susan Hadley, professor of music, and the following SRU graduate students majoring in music therapy: Vee Fansler, from Marysville, Washington; Rachel Reed, from Westbrook, Maine; ezequiel bautista, from Phoenix, Arizona; Ashley Taylor Arnett, from Pittsburgh; and Fred Perkins, from Raleigh, North Carolina.