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Olivia Swedberg Yinger


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Dr. Yinger is Assistant Professor of Music Therapy at the University of Kentucky. She previously coordinated the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare/Florida State University Music Therapy and Arts in Medicine Program, as well as the National Institute for Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy. Dr. Yinger directed the North Florida Parkinson’s Awareness Choir from 2007 to 2011 and completed the National Parkinson Foundation’s Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s in 2009. She gained clinical experience with a variety of populations through her work with Healing Hearts Music Therapy, a private practice in Tallahassee, Florida, where she provided contract services for two school districts, several assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, a rehabilitation facility, and a psychiatric treatment center. From 2007 to 2012, Dr. Yinger served as the Chair of the Florida State Task Force for Government Relations, a joint effort of the American Music Therapy Association and the Certification Board for Music Therapists. In 2010, she co-authored a grant to expand and replicate the highly acclaimed Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare procedural support music therapy program through a project called Caring with the Assistance of Live Music (CALM), which received funding from the Johnson & Johnson/Society for the Arts in HealthCare Partnership for Arts in Healing. Dr. Yinger’s primary research interests are procedural support music therapy, neonatal and pediatric music therapy, and music therapy for individuals with neurological disorders. 



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