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Alejandra Ferrer

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Alejandra J. Ferrer, Ph.D., MT-BC, Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Therapy, joined the faculty at Belmont University in the Fall of 2015. 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). Additionally, Dr. Ferrer holds the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – Music Therapist specialization (NICU-MT).

Prior to joining Belmont University, 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, where she served infants and toddlers in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and supervised undergraduate and graduate practicum students and interns. Dr. Ferrer developed the first music therapy program at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Prior to that, she served adults with mental illness and substance abuse disorders in both acute care and forensic units. Additional clinical experiences include working with the older adult population and children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Dr. Ferrer 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. Her research has been published in the Journal of Music Therapy. Dr. Ferrer has authored a book chapter (Music Therapy: Bettering Lives One Note at a Time in Charyton’s Creativity and Innovation Among Science and Art) and most recently co-authored an article for the music therapy online magazine Imagine.

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