Nicki Cohen, PhD, MT-BC

Professor of Music Therapy

Nicki Cohen

Academic Areas: Music Therapy, Voice, World Music


Phone: (940) 898-2523


PhD in Music Education, University of Kansas
MA in Vocal Performance, University of Denver
BS in Music Education, Duquesne University

Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC)
Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery (FAMI)


Nicki Cohen, PhD, MT-BC, has been a member of the TWU music faculty since 1992. She serves as Professor of Music Therapy. Her publications include the text, Advanced Methods of Music Therapy Practice (2017) from Jessica Kingsley Publishers, chapters in music therapy textbooks (i.e., Barcelona Press, Jessica Kingsley Publishers) and research articles in professional journals such as the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, and the Journal of the Association for Music and Imagery. Her research topics include the effects of singing on speech production for persons with neurogenic communication disorders, graduate music therapy education, vocal considerations in music therapy practice, and the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music.

Cohen is a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery, offers Bonny Method sessions and supervisions, and is a Primary Trainer for the Association for Music and Imagery. She teaches Bonny Method in Guided Imagery and Music training courses at TWU for graduate and continuing education credits.

Cohen is a regular presenter at professional conferences, has been invited to lecture on music therapy both in the United States and abroad, and has served as an external examiner for graduate theses from international universities. She is currently a member of the editorial board for the Journal of the Association for Music and Imagery and is on the Research Committee of the American Music Therapy Association. Her previous service contributions include membership on the Board of Directors for the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), Council Coordinator for the AMTA Council on Education and Clinical Training, Chairperson of the AMTA Advisory Board for Education and Training, President of the Association for Music and Imagery (AMI), AMI Ethics Chairperson, and member of the AMI Competencies Committee.

Cohen enjoys drinking tea, laughing, playing her accordion and ukulele, watching her finches hop around and beep.

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