Division of Expressive Therapies
Professional Title: Assistant Professor of Expressive Therapies; Coordinator of the Music Therapy Program
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: music psychotherapy, vocal psychotherapy, clinical improvisation, theory development, research design, anxiety, program development.
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Expressive Therapies, Music Therapies
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: • Orientation to Expressive Therapies • Theories of Music Therapy • Research and Evaluation • Thesis seminar
Education: BMus (honors), Goldsmiths College, University of London; M.A., New York University; Ph.D., Lesley University; MT-BC, LCAT, AVPT
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions: ChaptersFleetwood (2010). Boundary perspective music therapy. In Kristen Stewart (Ed.), Music therapy & trauma: Bridging theory and clinical practice (pp. 160- 167). New York, NY: Sachnote Press.Academic PapersThe Sounds of Anxiety: A Quantitative study of music therapy and anxiety (2012), Ph.D. dissertation. UMI 3509411.ConferencesMarch, 2013: AMTA- Mid Atlantic Regional conference Research Alive! Panelist on new music therapy research, Mid Atlantic Region Conference, PA.Nov, 2010: The ahhh in Anxiety: A pilot study on the effect of music therapy improvisation and anxiety with individuals in the community. Expressive Therapies Summit, NYC.July, 2009: Trauma informed expressive therapies: therapeutic lullaby, attachment, and quality of presence with mothers and children who experienced interpersonal violence. International Expressive Therapies Association, World Conference, MA.June, 2008: Panel Presentation: Boundary Perspective Music Therapy: A theoretical Model of working with the multisensory environment in clinical improvisation. International Music Therapy & Trauma Symposium. Beth Israel Hospital, NYC.April 2001: Trauma, Boundaries, and Music Therapy with individuals in inpatient psychiatry who were sexually abused as children. International Trauma Conference, Marriott Marquis, NYC. Selected PresentationsNovember 24th 2013: Voices form the Sea, AMTA National Conference. “Examining the effect of music psychotherapy on anxiety: Creative clinical improvisation within a Single Subject Design.”January 23rd 2014: Panel Presentation, Harvard University, “Arts in Mental Health: discussion and dialogue.”May, 2012: The Sounds of Anxiety: A Quantitative Study on Music Therapy and Anxiety. Public presentation of dissertation, Lesley University.March, 2006: Guest Speaker: Creative Arts therapies in Action! An arts-based documentary presentation of Creative Arts Therapists in in-patient psychiatry in the South Bronx. Grand Rounds, Bronx Lebanon Hospital, NYC. November, 2005: Music Therapy interventions with traumatized children; Guest panelist, graduate music therapy program, NYU. October, 2003: Guest lecturer, adolescents and music therapy specialty. NYU graduate music therapy program. October 2001: Introduction to Boundary Perspective Music Therapy: Trauma sensitive practices in psychiatry, Rockland County Childrens’ Hospital, NY.
Fun Facts: Rebecca's topic for her undergraduate dissertation examined George Clinton's effect on Funk Music.
Dr. Rebecca Zarate, MT-BC, AVPT, LCAT is the Music Therapy Coordinator in the Expressive Therapies M.A. program. She joined the Lesley faculty in 2013. Prior to her Lesley position, Rebecca was the director at the Hoboken School of Music, and also held faculty positions at New York University and Saint Mary of the Woods College. Rebecca is past coordinator: European chapter for IEATA, and founding committee member for the Expressive Therapies Summit, NYC. Rebecca has trained students and professionals in trauma – informed, music psychotherapy practice using creative processes, theory development, and clinical improvisation. More recently, she has been working with music educators on arts-based supervision tools for informing music education strategies to enhance and build robust student-centered music pedagogy. Rebecca enjoys teaching students the craft and creativity of research and how to translate findings into relevant, and sustainable practice. Rebecca has spent a significant part of her career pioneering and advocating for trauma informed creative arts therapies practices in hospitals and community organizations in the Bronx, NYC. Rebecca has served on various committees designed to improve financial, clinical, and organizational performance, re-designing organizational department structures, and working with government and local credentialing bodies in healthcare. Rebecca’s research interests are directly related to her passion for community sustainability and wellness using arts as intervention. In particular, she is interested in the social architecture of anxiety and its cross-cultural impact.
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