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
Room 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

MA, Equivalency and Master's Degree in Music Therapy, The University of Iowa

BA, Music Education, Briar Cliff University

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. (in press). Systematic Review of Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences: Implications for Music Therapy Education. Music Therapy Perspectives. DOI:10.1093/mtp/miz023

Dvorak, A. L., & Hernandez Ruiz, E. (2019). Comparison of music stimuli to support mindfulness meditation. Psychology of Music. DOI://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 of Music Therapy. . DOI://doi.org/10.1093/jmt/thy020

Dvorak, A. L., Schreiber, M. Goldschmidt, D. & Hingtgen, M. (2019). Sun Salutation. Intervention Ideas: Imagine the Potential, 10.

Kim, B. & Dvorak, A. L. (2018). Music Therapy and Intimacy Behaviors of Hospice Family Caregivers in South Korea: A Randomized Crossover Clinical Trial. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy. DOI:10.1080/08098131.2018.1427783 http://dx.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. Music Therapy Perspectives. DOI:10.1093/mtp/miy021

Dvorak, A. L., & Boresow, E. (2018). Using the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI) in Music Therapy Clinical Practice. Music Therapy Perspectives. DOI:10.1093/mtp/miy012

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 of Music Therapy, 10.1093/jmt/thx005. DOI:10.1093/jmt/thx005

Dvorak, A. L., & Tucker, S. (2017). The Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI): A Useful App for Inclusive Practice. Imagine, 8(1), 48-51. http://www.imagine.musictherapy.biz/current/

Dvorak, A. L. (2016). A Conceptual Framework for Group Processing of Lyric Analysis Interventions in Music Therapy Mental Health Practice. Music Therapy Perspectives. DOI:10.1093/mtp/miw018

Joplin, K. & Dvorak, A. L. (2016). A Survey Exploring the Current State of Censorship in Adult Psychiatric Music Therapy Practice. Music Therapy Perspectives. DOI:10.1093/mtp/miw032

Dvorak, A. L. (2015). Music Therapy Support Groups for Cancer Patients and Caregivers: A Mixed Methods Approach. Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, 21(1). https://openmusiclibrary.org/article/48892/ https://openmusiclibrary.org/article/48892/

Dakon, J. & Dvorak, A. L. (2014). Teacher Perceptions of Memorization in String Instructional Settings: An Exploratory Study. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. DOI:10.5406/bulcouresmusedu.202.0029 http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/bulcouresmusedu.202.0029

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Selected Presentations

Dvorak, A. L., Schreiber, M. Hingtgen, M. & Goldschmidt, D. . (04/06/2019). 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. (03/10/2019). 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. (03/09/2019). 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. & 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. & Hernandez-Ruiz, E. . (03/17/2018). 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. (03/16/2018). A conceptual framework for the use of music in mindfulness practice. American Music Therapy Association Midwestern Regional Conference. Iowa City, IA

Dvorak, A. L. (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., 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. & Lesiak, M. . (04/09/2016 - 04/09/2016). 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. . (04/09/2016 - 04/09/2016). “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

Dvorak, Abbey L, An investigation of a school-based mindfulness program on student outcomes and parent and teacher responses., The University of Kansas, Submitted 02/01/2018 (07/01/2018 - 06/30/2019). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Tucker, Sherrie, (Principal), Dvorak, Abbey L, (Co-Principal), Haaheim, Bryan K, (Co-Principal), Hayes, Michelle H, (Co-Principal), Persley, Nicole H, (Co-Principal), Improvising Inclusive Communities with the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument, 17-5400-7089, National Endowment for the Arts, $35,000, Submitted 11/17/2015 (11/17/2016 - 12/31/2017). Federal. Status: Funded.

Dvorak, Abbey L, (Co-Principal), Haaheim, Kip , (Co-Principal), Hayes, Michelle, (Co-Principal), Hodges Persley, Nicole, (Co-Principal), Tucker, Sherrie, (Co-Principal), Improvising Inclusive Communities: From AUMI to the Center for Improvisation Studies, The Commons University of Kansas, $9,886, Submitted 01/15/2016 (01/15/2016 - 12/31/2017). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Dvorak, Abbey L, (Principal), Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Fund Grant - Music Therapy Support Groups for Individuals Diagnosed with Cancer and Their Families, American Music Therapy Association, $9,956, Submitted 05/01/2007 (01/01/2008 - 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, $5,714 ({ }), . 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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