Olivia Swedberg Yinger

Assistant Professor, Interim Director of Music Therapy
Music Therapy

NICU Music Therapist
PhD The Florida State University
MME The Florida State University
BM The Florida State University

At UK since: 2012

Before joining the faculty of the University of Kentucky, Dr. Olivia Yinger served as a Teaching Assistant at the Florida State University College of Music, where she taught courses for undergraduate and graduate equivalency music therapy majors. She previously coordinated the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare/Florida State University Music Therapy and Arts in Medicine Program, as well as the National Institute for Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy. Dr. Yinger directed the North Florida Parkinson’s Awareness Choir from 2007 to 2011 and completed the National Parkinson Foundation’s Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s in 2009. She gained clinical experience with a variety of populations through her work with Healing Hearts Music Therapy, a private practice in Tallahassee, Florida, where she provided contract services for two school districts, several assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, a rehabilitation facility, and a psychiatric treatment center. From 2007 to 2012, Dr. Yinger served as the Chair of the Florida State Task Force for Government Relations, a joint effort of the American Music Therapy Association and the Certification Board for Music Therapists.

Dr. Yinger currently serves as a fellow of the National Institute for Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy and presents and publishes at the regional, national, and international level. In 2010, she co-authored a grant to expand and replicate the highly acclaimed Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare procedural support music therapy program through a project called Caring with the Assistance of Live Music (CALM), which received funding from the Johnson & Johnson/Society for the Arts in HealthCare Partnership for Arts in Healing. Dr. Yinger’s primary research interests are procedural support music therapy, neonatal and pediatric music therapy, and music therapy for individuals with neurological disorders.