IU Receives Research Award for Music Therapy
Anthony Meadows, Ph.D., MT-BC, associate professor of Music and director of the Music Therapy program at Immaculata University, received the Flagler Fultz Research Award from the American Music Therapy Association. “Examining the efficacy of clinical improvisation in music therapy practice: A qualitative research synthesis” is the title for Meadows’ research.
The award, worth $20,000, is for completing the first international study of its kind to profile and integrate the range of qualitative research evidence authored by music therapists regarding clinical improvisation. The study will advance professional practices by ensuring such evidence is synthesized and presented in ways to maximize dissemination, relevance and scientific knowledge. Meadows will be conducting the research jointly with Katherine Wimpenny, Ph.D., DipCOT, research fellow and senior occupational therapy lecturer at Coventry University in the United Kingdom.
During the National Music Therapy Conference, held in Jacksonville, FL, Meadows will receive the research award. “I am very excited to receive, along with a colleague from the UK, the Flagler Fultz Research Fund for 2013 to undertake the first qualitative research synthesis in the field of music therapy,” stated Meadows. “This will provide us with much needed focus on the relationship between theory and clinical practice, through an in-depth analysis and integration of the research literature on clinical improvisation.”
The purpose of the Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Fund is to encourage, promote, and fund music therapy research and to explore new and innovative music therapy treatments.
Immaculata University is a residential, Catholic, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.