Division of Expressive Therapies
Professional Title: Assistant Professor of Expressive Therapies; Program Coordinator, Music Therapy
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 • Interdisciplinary Seminar (Doctoral)
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: PublicationsThe Sounds of Anxiety: A Path to the Pulse of Community. Music Therapy Today Special Issue. Summer 2014, (10), 1. Conference Proceedings. http://issuu.com/presidentwfmt/docs complete_congress_proceedings_mt_10/117?e=3210884/8433225ChaptersFleetwood (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 PresentationsJanuary 2015: Harvard University, Interdisciplinary Panel Presentation: "Expressive Therapies in Mental Health; Discussion and Dialogue."March 2015: Special Feature Lecture, Lesley University: Vocal Psychotherapy, Improvisation, Boundaries, and Anxiety.Zarate, R. (2014, April). Examining single subject design in music therapy research. Paper presented at the New England Regional American Music Therapy Association, Massachusetts, USA.July 2014: The Sounds of Anxiety: A Path to the Pulse of Community. 14th World Congress of Music Therapy, Krems, Austria. July 7th-12th 2014. February 2014: Haifa University, Israel, Creative Arts Therapies research Center: Workshops with graduate students on, “Arts focused learning in Research and Evaluation.”January 2014: Interdisciplinary panel presentation, Harvard University, USA, “Arts in Mental Health: discussion and dialogue.”November 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. Zarate is past co-chair of the European chapter of IATA, and founding committee member of the Expressive Therapies Summit, NYC. Rebecca is from Cornwall, UK, has worked internationally, spending a significant part of her career serving the South Bronx community, NYC. She is co-coordinator of the Expressive Therapies Research Centre at Lesley. Rebecca has published and presented on trauma - informed music therapy methods, quantitative research on music therapy and anxiety, and the social architecture of anxiety. Rebecca is on several boards in her community; executive board for Project Hip-Hop, Boston; AMTA program approval committee; editorial board, Journal of Pedagogy, Pluralism, and Practice. She is currently working on an interdisciplinary systematic literature review project on cultural competencies in the expressive therapies, and her own technique of tracking moments of interest and transitions within clinical improvisation. Rebecca is particularly interested in the collective impact of anxiety in communities, specifically addressing social hostility.
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