Rebecca West, PhD, MT-BC

Assistant Professor of Music

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Academic Area: Music Therapy


Phone: (940) 898-2507


PhD in Music Education with a cognate in Music Therapy, University of Minnesota
MM in Music Therapy, Michigan State University
BA in Liberal Studies, Bethel College

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Dr. Rebecca West (she/her/hers) is celebrating her second year as a Music Therapy faculty at TWU and her 14th year as a board-certified music therapist. Rebecca has worked with a wide range of individuals including children with Autism, developmental or intellectual disabilities; adolescents from limited resource communities or histories of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation; adults recovering from stroke, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury; and older adults with Parkinson’s Disease or Alzheimer’s Disease.

Rebecca is the co-author of: Individualized education program team members’ perceptions of music therapy: An interpretivist investigation (2021); Social skills instruments for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A critical interpretive synthesis (2020); A Music Therapy Feasibility Study with Adults on a Hospital Neuroscience Unit: Investigating Service User Technique Choices and Immediate Effects on Mood and Pain (Arts in Psychotherapy, 2019), Experiences of Music Therapy Students Working as Camp Counselors for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Thematic Analysis (Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 2018), and Music Therapy Social Skills Assessment and Documentation Manual: Clinical Guidelines for Group Work with Children and Adolescents (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2014). Her dissertation is a grounded theory study that explores why music therapy educators in the United States believe critical pedagogy is important and how they apply critical pedagogy principles in their curricula and classroom environment.

Rebecca has delivered oral and paper presentations on music therapy and creative arts therapy at regional and national conferences, served on music therapy committees at the state, regional, and national level, and is a member of the American Music Therapy Association.

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