Olivia Swedberg Yinger

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School of Music

Associate Professor
Lucille Caudill Little Associate Professor and Chair of Music Therapy
Music Therapy
Office Location
319 Rose Lane, Office 203
Office Phone

PhD, Florida State University 
MME, Florida State University
BM, Florida State University

At UK since 2012

Pronouns: She/They

Clinical experience: I am a board-certified music therapist with over 15 years of clinical experience in healthcare, educational, and community settings. My approach to music therapy is rooted in a multicultural and social justice praxis and is informed by tenets of cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, relational-cultural, and resource-oriented theories.

Teaching: I teach graduate courses for music therapy and music education students at UK. I strive to incorporate components of Universal Design for Learning, Culturally Responsive Teaching, and Trauma-Informed Pedagogy in my teaching and consider Fink’s Taxonomy of Significant Learning when designing student learning outcomes.

Research: My research focuses on improving health and well-being for children and families in healthcare settings, schools, at home, and in the community. I am also interested in understanding the way people use language to describe musical experiences, particularly those experiences that elicit an emotional response.

Service: As a fellow of the National Institute for Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy, I provide advanced training for music therapists seeking to become Neonatal Intensive Care Music Therapists (NICU-MT).

More about me: I strive to remain focused on my core values of joy, curiosity, accessibility, collaboration, and sustainability in all that I do. In my free time, I enjoy reading, running, swimming, crafting, and spending time outdoors with my family.

Created 07/20/2021
Last Updated 07/27/2022