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Alejandra Ferrer

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Alejandra J. Ferrer, Ph.D., MT-BC, is Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Therapy at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Dr. Ferrer holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from The Florida State University (2004), a Master of Music in Music Therapy from The Florida State University (2005), and a PhD in Music Education from The Ohio State University (2012). Prior to joining Belmont, Dr. Ferrer worked as Adjunct Professor at Ohio University and The Ohio State University, where she taught music therapy and music education courses. Concurrently, she practiced music therapy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, specifically working with infants and toddlers in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. During this time, she supervised undergraduate and graduate practicum students and interns, participated in interdisciplinary research efforts, and engaged in outpatient program development. Dr. Ferrer developed the first music therapy program at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. During her tenure at The James, she established a strong outpatient music therapy program that supported the psychosocial needs of adult cancer survivors. Dr. Ferrer has also served adults with mental illness and substance abuse disorders in both acute care and forensic units, older adults in memory care and assisted living settings, and children and adults with developmental disabilities. Alejandra is an active member of the American Music Therapy Association and a regular presenter at regional and national music therapy and music education conferences on topics pertaining to medical music therapy, program development, and professional issues. She recently had the opportunity to present at The 15th World Congress of Music Therapy in Tsukuba, Japan. Dr. Ferrer has authored multiple book chapters. Her work has been published in the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, and Imagine.

Contact: (615) 460-5777 alejandra.ferrer@belmont.edu