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Webinar #5: Music Therapy for People with Dementia and their Caregivers


SIG leader: Melissa Mercadal-Brotons, PhD

Academic Director and Director, Master Program in Music Therapy,

Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya


This Special Interest Group presents the year-long work of experts around the world who gathered to prepare clinical guidelines for professionals, including physicians, nurses and allied health professionals on implementation of music experiences  and referral of individuals  with dementia to music therapy. Topics include: types of dementias, domains affected by dementia, music therapy and music-based interventions for people with dementia according to scientific evidence, and steps toward the preparation of the best practice guidelines.



Tereza Raquel Alcântara-Silva, PhD (Brazil)

Professor and researcher at the Federal University of Goiás

Post-Graduate in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation at University of São Paulo, Brazil


Amy Clements Cortés, PhD, RP, MT-BC, MTA (Canada)

Assistant Professor, Music & Health, University of Toronto, Instructor/Supervisor Wilfrid Laurier University, Credentialed Music Therapist & Registered Psychotherapist


Ayelet Dassa, PhD (Israel)

Music Therapy Program Director, Bar-Ilan University


Suzanne Hanser, EdD, MT-BC (Boston, USA)

President, International Association for Music & Medicine

Chair Emerita & Professor, Berklee College of Music


Shirlene Vianna Moreira, PhD (Brazil)

Master in Music

Post-Graduate in Neuropsychology


Kendra Ray, PhD, MBA, MPH (New York, USA)

Dementia Program Director, MJHS

Research Assistant Professor, NYU Langone


Concetta M. Tomaino, DA, LCAT, MT-BC (New York, USA)

Executive Director/Co-Founder

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