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Kamile Geist, Ph.D., MT-BC




Kamile Geist, Ph.D., MT-BC

Professor, Chair, Music Therapy in the School of Music, and the Director of Arts in Health in the College of Fine Arts

Kamile Geist, Ph.D., MT-BC (she, her) is the Director of the Music Therapy graduate and undergraduate programs in the School of Music and Director of Arts in Health in the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University.

Dr. Geist teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Music Therapy and graduate courses in Arts in Health. Course topics include Music Therapy Supervision and Administration, Music Therapy Research, Advanced Clinical Practicum, and Introduction to Arts in Health. Dr. Geist guides undergraduate, master’s and doctoral research in Music Therapy and in other academic departments where the Fine Arts and health disciplines intersect. She received the Ohio University School of Music Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 2012 and is a current finalist for the Ohio University Presidential Teaching award, winner to be announced in late Spring 2022.

In 2017, Dr. Geist received the American Music Therapy Association – Great Lakes Region’s Scholarly Activity Award for her innovative work with children, teachers, and families in Southeast Rural Appalachia Ohio. Her current research focuses on using rhythmic strategies to help improve attention behaviors of children and attachment behaviors between infants and caregivers. She leads an interdisciplinary team in collaboration with the Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Patton College of Education to study the effect of a rhythmic intervention on caregiver/infant attachment behaviors and caregiver stress hormone levels when interacting with their infants.

With recent funding from the National Endowment for the Arts – Arts Works Grant and the Ohio University Research Committee Community-Engaged grants, she and her team began training community healthcare providers to teach evidence-based rhythmic strategies to caregivers of infants from underserved Appalachian communities, measuring infant/caregiver stress levels and social competence. She and her team have published their findings in the international journal of Music and Medicine and have presented regionally, nationally, and around the globe, including in Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Scotland, Ecuador, and Austria.

Dr. Geist’s leadership both at Ohio University and for the Music Therapy profession is extensive, diverse and ongoing. In addition to being the Director of Music Therapy for 10 years, she is now the Director of Arts in Health at Ohio University where she developed the first Graduate Certificate in Arts in Health at Ohio University. Dr. Geist also served as the Graduate Director of the Ohio University Individual Interdisciplinary Program and on the Ohio University Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Committee, Faculty Senate, Graduate Council, the Research Council, and the Baker Fund Committee. She served as Co-Chair of the College of Fine Arts Health and Wellness Committee and as Chair of the School of Music and College of Fine Arts’ Promotion and Tenure committees. Distinctive nationally leadership includes being the Co-Chair of the American Music Therapy Association’s (AMTA) Academic Program Approval Committee, a member of AMTA’s Education and Training Advisory Board, and Chair of the AMTA Competency Review Task Force.

For a complete list of Dr. Geist’s professional, teaching and service activities, see Kamile Geist’s complete CV [PDF]

Educational Background

  • PhD, Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Ohio University
  • M.A., Music Therapy, Texas Woman’s University
  • B.M.E., Music Education, Baylor University