Dr. Nancy Jackson is associate professor of music and the director of the music therapy program at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. She earned the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Therapy degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the Master of Music Therapy and Doctor of Philosophy in Music Therapy degrees from Temple University. She has additional training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), and the Mandala Assessment and Research Instrument (MARI).
Dr. Jackson has more than 20 years of clinical experience overall, with 15 years of full-time clinical experience in psychiatric music therapy, music-based psychotherapy, and medical music therapy. She has worked as a staff music therapist for a state in-patient psychiatric facility, for various other hospitals, facilities and schools, and in private practice. She continues to maintain a private practice with clients from the greater Fort Wayne area.
Dr. Jackson frequently presents for workshops and conferences across the country and around the world. She has been published in the Arts in Psychotherapy, the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, and the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, has several published book chapters, and has been included in the proceedings of several international conferences. In addition, she has served as a reviewer for several professional journals and as a protocol reviewer for the Cochrane Library. Her research interests include: anger and other emotions in therapy; music therapy with chronic pain and chronic illness; experiential learning in music therapy; and collaboration as a mechanism for profession growth. She is a member of the World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT), the American Music Therapy Association, Inc. (AMTA), and the Association of Indiana Music Therapists (AIMT), and has served in both appointed and elected positions. She is currently an editorial board member for Music Therapy Perspectives, and Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, is a member of WFMT Publications Commission, and serves on the Exam Committee for the Certification Board for Music Therapists, and on AMTA’s Academic Program Approval Committee.