Teresa L. Lesiuk, Ph.D.

Title/Position: Associate Professor , Program Director, Music Therapy

Profile:

 
What would you say are the outstanding highlights of your professional life?

Having my dissertation—entitled “The effect of music listening on the quality-of-work of computer information systems developers”—nominated for “Best Dissertation of the Year” at the University of Western Ontario

Seeing my research studies addressing Music Use in High-Stress Occupations (Air Traffic Control and Information Technology Environments) and also Addiction Recovery published in refereed journals: Psychology of Music, Arts in Psychotherapy, Canadian Journal of Music Therapy and Journal of Computer Information

Presenting at regional, national and international conferences including the American Music Therapy Association, Canadian Association for Music Therapy, Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Research Alliance for Institutes of Music Education (RAIME), and the International Society for Philosophy of Music Education

Coordinating two university music therapy programs that both received national accreditation

Why did you choose music as your career?

From childhood I had an intense fascination with the integral structure of music: with the physical production that is involved in either playing or singing. I enjoyed communicating through music, and I appreciated the challenge demanded by music. I like to hear and see how music brings out the uniqueness of each person, which is what I love about music therapy.

What music do you listen to in your car?

Lately, I’ve been listening to the Bergonzi String Quartet, whose playing of Mozart has great finesse and beauty. I’ve also been studying some electric rock guitar lately, so I’ve been listening to the Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers album as well, along with a tasteful bluegrass version of Led Zepplin classic rock tunes.

Career Highlights:

Teresa Lesiuk’s research is published in

Psychology of Music
Arts in Psychotherapy
Canadian Journal of Music Therapy
Journal of Computer Information Systems

She presents regularly at regional, national and international conferences including the

American Music Therapy Association
Canadian Association for Music Therapy
Society for Music Perception and Cognition
Research Alliance for Institutes of Music Education (RAIME)
International Society for Philosophy of Music Education

Her latest philosophical writing addresses the development of presence in the music therapy clinician. She currently serves as vice-president of RAIME.

Dr. Lesiuk’s research interests include investigating the role of music and music therapy in high stress occupations (e.g., air traffic control and computer information systems development). She has a strong passion for research and enjoys investigating responses to music in several work-life areas including

burnout
stress
mood response
psychological reversals
work performance

Short Biography:

Teresa Lesiuk, Ph.D., is associate professor and program director for the Music Therapy program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Lesiuk’s research is published in Psychology of Music, Arts in Psychotherapy, Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, and Journal of Computer Information Systems. She presents regularly at regional, national and international conferences including the American Music Therapy Association, Canadian Association for Music Therapy, Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Research Alliance for Institutes of Music Education (RAIME) and International Society for Philosophy of Music Education. Her latest philosophical writing addresses the development of presence in the music therapy clinician. Dr. Lesiuk’s research interests include investigating the role of music and music therapy in high stress occupations (e.g., air traffic control and computer information systems development). Dr. Lesiuk has ten years experience of university teaching and program administration, collectively, from the University of the Incarnate Word and the University of Western Ontario. She has worked contractually as a music therapy clinician serving several client populations including elderly with dementia, elderly with psychiatric diagnosis, children with developmental delays, and adolescents with emotional-behavioral delays.


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"It is my belief that teaching is about evoking critical and creative thinking in such a way that the individuality of each student is empowered. A holistic, person-centered approach, with an awareness of the deepest self, is the essence of my teaching philosophy." —Teresa Lesiuk

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