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Deanna Hanson-Abromeit

Associate Professor, Music Education & Music Therapy
Emphasis: Music Therapy
Primary office:
448 A Murphy Hall


Ph.D. University of Kansas; M.A. University of Iowa; B.M. University of Iowa

Deanna Hanson-Abromeit, Ph.D., MT-BC, earned her Bachelor of Music and Masters of Arts in Music Therapy from the University of Iowa and the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education with an emphasis on Music Therapy from the University of Kansas. She was on the faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance for the eight years, where she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses and regularly supervised graduate research.  She was selected by Conservatory faculty as the 2012 recipient of the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award.

She is the co-editor of two monographs on music therapy in the hospital setting, published by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and has authored multiple book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. She has also been selected as the 2010 and 2013 recipient of the AMTA Midwestern Region Scholarly Activity Award.  She currently serves as Chair of the Continuing Education Committee for the Certification Board for Music Therapists and sits on the American Music Therapy Association Assembly of Delegates and the editorial board for Music Therapy Perspectives. Hanson-Abromeit presents regularly at regional, national and international conferences. Her area of clinical and research focus is on preventive music-based interventions with infants who are neurodevelopmentally at-risk, particularly infants who are premature or living in poverty. 

Hanson-Abromeit has lived in Lawrence for the past 10 years with her husband and two children.

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