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Debra Burns

Department of Music and Arts Technology

Expert Bio

Debra Burns is a professor and chair of the Department of Music and Arts Technology in the School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. She specializes in music-based intervention research using mixed methodologies across the cancer treatment continuum from disease-directed treatment, survivorship and end of life. She has collaborated and consulted on several studies funded by the National Institutes of Health specializing in research methodology, determining the essential components of music interventions, designing appropriate control conditions and monitoring treatment fidelity.

Burns holds a Ph.D. in music education and music therapy from the University of Kansas, a master’s in music therapy from Illinois State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in music education from Glenville State College in West Virginia. She completed five years of postdoctoral training funded by the Walther Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health/National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Her publication record includes over 25 papers published in journals such as Journal of Music Therapy, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, and Supportive Care in Cancer. She has been an active member of the American Music Therapy Association since 1989.

Areas of Expertise

Music therapy, music therapy research, music technology, music education.

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