Debra's experience as a music therapist includes thirty years as a clinician and educator. Prior to coming to Ohio University in 2011, where she teaches core courses in music therapy and supervises clinical practicum, she spent 11 years at the University of Evansville (Evansville, IN) serving in the same capacity. As a clinician, she worked primarily in the geriatric field, but also with a variety of client populations in private practice. She established the music therapy internship program at Quincy United Methodist Home in Quincy, PA and served as its clinical training director for over 12 years.
Debra is an active member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and served on the executive board of the Association for Indiana Music Therapy (AIMT) for 10 years. She has presented at the national, regional, state and local levels on a variety of topics related to the practice of music therapy. Her current interest is studying the effects of music on physiological responses in humans, particularly those related to stress.