Abbey Dvorak, PhD

School of Music - Music
Associate Professor
PhD, Music Education/Music Therapy, The University of Iowa
Primary office:
785.864.9636
Murphy Hall, 448C


Summary

Abbey Dvorak, Ph.D., MT-BC, is an Associate Professor of Music Therapy at the University of Kansas (KU). She received her BA in Music Education from Briar Cliff University in 1997, her MA and Equivalency in Music Therapy from the University of Iowa in 2004, and her PhD in Music Therapy from the University of Iowa in 2011. Her first faculty position was at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA from 2011-2013, before joining KU in 2013. In her clinical work, Dr. Dvorak was a Clinical Specialist in Music Therapy at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for seven years where she worked primarily in Behavioral Health with children, adolescents, adults, and older adults with a variety of mental health needs and diagnoses. She currently co-facilitates inclusive mixed-ability community music experiences using the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI) and is a member of AUMI-KU InterArts and the larger international AUMI consortium. Her current research interests include music therapy in mental health, specifically the use of mindfulness practices; inclusive music-making with the AUMI; and course-based research experiences focused on music therapy student skill development. She received research grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, American Music Therapy Association Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Award, The Commons at KU, KU Center for Teaching Excellence, KU Center for Undergraduate Research, the University of Iowa Department of Rehabilitation Therapies Research Award, and the KU New Faculty and General Research Fund awards. Dr. Dvorak received the American Music Therapy Association Midwestern Region 2018 Research Award, presents and publishes both nationally and internationally, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Music Therapy and Music Therapy Perspectives.

Education

PhD, Music Education/Music Therapy, The University of Iowa

Teaching Interests

  • Research Skill Development in the Curriculum
  • Open educational resources
  • Music Therapy Student Development

Research Interests

  • Music Therapy
  • Mental Health
  • Music and Mindfulness
  • Adaptive Use Musical Instrument
  • Caregivers
  • Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE)

Selected Publications

Dvorak, A. L., Davis, J. L., Bernard, G., Beveridge-Calvin, R., Monroe-Gulick, A., Thomas, P., & Forstot-Burke, C. (2019). Systematic Review of Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences: Implications for Music Therapy Education [Journal Articles]. Music Therapy Perspectives. Published. https://doi.org/10.1093/mtp/miz023
Dvorak, A. L., & Hernandez Ruiz, E. (2019). Comparison of music stimuli to support mindfulness meditation [Journal Articles]. Psychology of Music. Published. https://doi.org/10.1177/0305735619878497
Dvorak, A. L., & Hernandez Ruiz, E. (2019). Outcomes of a course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE) for music therapy and music education students. [Journal Articles]. Journal of Music Therapy. . Published. https://doi.org/10.1093/jmt/thy020
Dvorak, A. L., Schreiber, M., Goldschmidt, D., & Hingtgen, M. (2019). Sun Salutation [Journal Articles]. Intervention Ideas: Imagine the Potential, the 10th Anniversary Edition of Imagine. , 10.
Kim, B., & Dvorak, A. L. (2018). Music Therapy and Intimacy Behaviors of Hospice Family Caregivers in South Korea: A Randomized Crossover Clinical Trial [Journal Articles]. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy. Published. https://doi.org/10.1080/08098131.2018.1427783
Wells Staab, K., & Dvorak, A. L. (2018). Perception of music therapy by direct care staff of older adults with intellectual disabilities. [Journal Articles]. Music Therapy Perspectives. Published. https://doi.org/10.1093/mtp/miy021
Dvorak, A. L., & Boresow, E. (2018). Using the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI) in Music Therapy Clinical Practice [Journal Articles]. Music Therapy Perspectives. Published. https://doi.org/10.1093/mtp/miy012
Dvorak, A. L., & Tucker, S. (2017). The Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI): A Useful App for Inclusive Practice [Journal Articles]. Imagine, 8(1), 48–51. http://www.imagine.musictherapy.biz/current/
Dvorak, A. L., Hernandez-Ruiz, E., Jang, S., Kim, B., Joseph, M., & Wells, K. E. (2017). An Emerging Theoretical Model of Music Therapy Student Development [Journal Articles]. Journal of Music Therapy, 10.1093/jmt/thx005. https://doi.org/10.1093/jmt/thx005
Joplin, K., & Dvorak, A. L. (2016). A Survey Exploring the Current State of Censorship in Adult Psychiatric Music Therapy Practice [Journal Articles]. Music Therapy Perspectives. Published. https://doi.org/10.1093/mtp/miw032
Dvorak, A. L. (2016). A Conceptual Framework for Group Processing of Lyric Analysis Interventions in Music Therapy Mental Health Practice [Journal Articles]. Music Therapy Perspectives. Published. https://doi.org/10.1093/mtp/miw018
Dvorak, A. L. (2015). Music Therapy Support Groups for Cancer Patients and Caregivers: A Mixed Methods Approach [Journal Articles]. Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, 21(1). https://openmusiclibrary.org/article/48892/
Dakon, J., & Dvorak, A. L. (2014). Teacher Perceptions of Memorization in String Instructional Settings: An Exploratory Study [Journal Articles]. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. Published. https://doi.org/10.5406/bulcouresmusedu.202.0029

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Selected Work

Mindfulness in the Schools: More Meditations and Music. Daniel Goldschmidt, Molly Schreiber, and Abbey Dvorak. https://soundcloud.com/user-95201745/sets/mindfulness-in-the-schools-mor.... 9/26/2019. These mindfulness meditations were created for a mindfulness in the schools research project. The music is designed to support the meditation and enhance participant experience without distracting attention away from the mindfulness task (Dvorak, 2016)
Mindfulness music stimuli. Eugenia Hernandez-Ruiz & Abbey Dvorak. https://soundcloud.com/mindfulness-music/sets/mindfulness-music-stimuli/...). 7/1/2017 - 1/31/2019. Auditory stimuli created for a research study in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Published online in 2019
Mindfulness in the Schools: Songs, Chants, and Meditations. Daniel Goldschmidt, Molly Schreiber, and Abbey Dvorak. https://soundcloud.com/user-95201745/sets. 8/26/2018. Words by Molly Schreiber, MS, E-RYT, RCYT, YACCEP and Abbey Dvorak, PhD, MT-BC
Music by Daniel Goldschmidt, MT-BC
Research by Abbey Dvorak, PhD, MT-BC

These mindfulness songs, chants, and meditations were created for a mindfulness in the schools research project. The music is designed to be a support for mindfulness meditation, a focus for mindful listening and/or a focus for mindful active engagement (Dvorak, 2016).

Released by:
Mindfulness in the Schools
Release date:
26 August 2018

Selected Presentations

Dvorak, A. L., Schreiber, M., Hingtgen, M., & Goldschmidt, D. (4/6/2019). Mindfulness in the Schools: An Interdisciplinary Project Integrating Yoga, Meditation, and Music. American Music Therapy Association Midwestern Regional Conference. Kansas City, MO
Dvorak, A. L. (3/9/2019). Developing Research Skills Within the Music Therapy Undergraduate Curriculum: Engaging Students in the "Real Work" of Research. American Music Therapy Association Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. Reston, VA
Dvorak, A. L. (3/10/2019). Models for Engaging Music Therapy Undergraduate Students in Faculty Research: From Individual Mentorship to Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences. American Music Therapy Association Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. Reston, VA
Dvorak, A. L., & Hernandez-Ruiz, E. (11/17/2018). Crafting and Facilitating Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE) in Music Therapy Education. American Music Therapy Association National Conference. Dallas, TX
Dvorak, A. L. (3/16/2018). A conceptual framework for the use of music in mindfulness practice. American Music Therapy Association Midwestern Regional Conference. Iowa City, IA
Dvorak, A. L., & Hernandez-Ruiz, E. (3/17/2018). Outcomes of a course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE) for music therapy and music education students. American Music Therapy Association Midwestern Regional Conference. Iowa City, IA
Dvorak, A. L., Hernandez-Ruiz, E., Jang, S., Smith, A., & Caine, K. (11/17/2017). Course-based Research Experiences: Building Research Capacity and Infrastructure Through Education and Training. American Music Therapy National Conference. St. Louis, MO
Tucker, S., Haaheim, K., Dvorak, A. L., & Heffner Hayes, M. (10/21/2017). Improvising Inclusive Communities with the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI). The 5th Annual International Symposium on Adaptive Technology in Music and Art (ISATMA), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Troy, NY
Dvorak, A. L. (12/31/2017). Music Therapy and Current Models of Mental Health Care Delivery. Celebrating 40 Years of Music Therapy at Iowa: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. Iowa City, IA
Dvorak, A. L., & Lesiak, M. (4/9/2016 - 4/9/2016). Mindfulness-based Music Therapy Interventions: Practicing within a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Model. American Music Therapy Association Midwestern Regional Conference. St. Louis, MO
Dvorak, A. L., Tucker, S., Haaheim, K., & Boresow, E. (4/9/2016 - 4/9/2016). “Do you AUMI?” Using the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI) in Clinical and Research Settings. American Music Therapy Association Midwestern Regional Conference. St. Louise, MO
Dvorak, A. L. (11/14/2015). Mindfulness skills in music therapy: An evidence-based dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) model. National Conference of the American Music Therapy Association. Kansas City, KS

Selected Grants

An investigation of a school-based mindfulness program on student outcomes and parent and teacher responses.. The University of Kansas. Submitted 2/1/2018 (7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded
Improvising Inclusive Communities with the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument. 17-5400-7089. National Endowment for the Arts. $35000.00. Submitted 11/17/2015 (11/17/2016 - 12/31/2017). Federal. Status: Funded. The project, “Improvising Inclusive Communities with the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument,” includes a week-long workshop for people with disabilities, two culminating community performances with a guest artist, and a two-day meeting of a international multidisciplinary research consortium dedicated to creating improvising communities across abilities using the AUMI. Jesse Stewart, a multidisciplinary artist experienced in working with mixed-ability groups, will conduct five 90-minute workshops and two performances in which 12 community members with disabilities from Independence, Inc. will participate. The workshops (August 7-11, 2017) and one performance (August 12, 2017) will be at the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium and the second performance (August 13, 2017) will be at the KU Commons. The Sound and Vision Studio will upload the performance recordings to SoundCloud where they will be available for free, further broadening the impact of this local project. The project will also involve a Participatory Action Research methodology (i.e., all participants with stakes in the practice are considered researchers) in which the PI will conduct post-rehearsal check-in sessions to gather information about the limits and possibilities of inclusion for various members of the ensemble and possible community solutions for best practices using the instrument. Follow-up sessions with participants and audience members after the public performances will provide additional qualitative data regarding the potential for engaging audiences’ own experiences of inclusive interaction.
Improvising Inclusive Communities: From AUMI to the Center for Improvisation Studies. The Commons University of Kansas. $9886.00. Submitted 1/15/2016 (1/15/2016 - 12/31/2017). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded. The activity planned includes two components: 1) a week-long artist residency with a guest artist who will lead a workshop for people with disabilities and two culminating community performances; 2) guest artist Jesse Stewart will collaborate with members of AUMI-InterArts and their community partners, and will also provide consultation on how to create an improvisation studies institute such as the institute he leads at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario. Stewart is a multidisciplinary artist experienced in working with mixed ability groups, will conduct five 90-minute workshops and two performances in which 12 community members with disabilities from Independence, Inc. will participate. The workshops (August 7-11, 2017) and one performance (August 12, 2017) will be at the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium and the second performance (August 13, 2017) will be a joint performance between the workshop participants and other improvisers at the Commons. The Library's Sound and Vision Studio will upload the performance recordings to SoundCloud where they will be available for free, which will contribute to the broad national and international reach and impact of this project.
Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Fund Grant - Music Therapy Support Groups for Individuals Diagnosed with Cancer and Their Families. American Music Therapy Association. $9955.70. Submitted 5/1/2007 (1/1/2008 - 11/30/2011). Not-for-Profit (not Foundation). Status: Funded
Measuring research skill development in music therapy education and training. University of Kansas General Research Fund. $5714.00 (5714.00). Submitted 2/1/2019. University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded

Selected Awards & Honors

KU Textbook Hero Award
KU Libraries and the Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, in partnership with the Office of Communications & Advancement and the Open Educational Resources (OER) Working Group
2019
American Music Therapy Association Midwestern Region 2018 Research Award
American Music Therapy Association
2018
Department of Rehabilitation Therapies Research Award
University of Iowa Healthcare
2010
Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Fund Award
American Music Therapy Association
2007

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