Lori Gooding

Assistant Professor
Music Therapy, Director of Music Therapy

NICU Music Therapist
Certified Neurologic Music Therapist
PhD The Florida State University 
MM Florida State University
BM University of South Carolina

At UK Since: 2010

Lori Gooding, Ph.D., MT-BC, NICU-MT joined the University of Kentucky as the Director of Music Therapyin July 2010. Dr. Gooding’s music therapy career includes both teaching and clinical practice. Previously, she served as Assistant Professor of Music Therapy at Charleston Southern University and as a Teaching Assistant at The Florida State University. Her clinical experience covers a wide range of populations including: children and adults in medical settings (pediatrics, oncology, skilled nursing, rehab and out-patient chemotherapy), children, adolescents and adults in psychiatric settings, older adults in skilled nursing and dementia care, children and adolescents in special education settings and private practice.  In addition to her career as a music therapist, Dr. Gooding has also performed as a trombonist with the Augusta Symphony, with members of the Charleston Symphony, with the Charleston Stage, with Low Country Winds and with Tallahassee Winds.

Dr. Gooding completed her PhD in Music Education/Music Therapy at The Florida State University in May of 2010. Results from her dissertation, a compilation of three research studies investigating the effect of music therapy-based interventions on improving social functioning in children and adolescents with social skills deficits, demonstrated significant improvement in social behavior. Dr. Gooding’s work has been published in several journals including the Journal of Music TherapyArts in Psychotherapy, the Journal of Poetry Therapy and General Music Today. She will also be published in an upcoming issue of Music Therapy Perspectives. Dr. Gooding currently serves as a fellow for the National Institute for Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy, as well as Chair of the Southeastern Region of the American Music Therapy Association (SER-AMTA) Conference Committee. Formerly, she served on the Board of Directors for local and regional organizations, including the SER-AMTA and the Music Therapy Association of South Carolina.