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Amy Clements-Cortes

Dr. Amy Clements-CortesDr. Amy Clements-Cortes
Dr. Amy Clements-Cortes became the President, World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT) (www.wfmt.info) in July 2014; and Managing Editor, Music and Medicine (http://mmd.iammonline.com/index.php/musmed/index) in June 2014. She was accepted into the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (www.crpo.ca) in April 2015 and has earned Registered Psychotherapist status at the College. She is a member of the editorial review boards for the Journal of Music Therapy; Music Therapy Perspectives, Voices and serves as the business manager for Music Therapy Today. She also served on several other conference committees including the World Federation of Music Therapy Congress: Scientific Committee and Conference Proceedings, and the Room 217 Board of Directors and Music Cares Conference committee. Dr. Clements-Cortes was successful at obtaining another grant from the Transition to Betterness organization in Windsor in summer 2014 to continue the work of the WSO collaboration with UWindsor music therapy students providing services to adult cancer and palliative care clients.
 
Research
 
Dr. Clements-Cortes continues to work on several research studies. In 2014 she completed the analysis for the third investigation in the Buddy’s Glee Club studies which focused on the benefits of choral singing for older adults diagnosed with moderate cognitive impairment attending weekly choral session with a family member of private health care worker. She is currently working on preparing a paper for publication.
 
Dr. Clements-Cortes also completed the data collection and analysis for a study she began in 2013 focusing on music therapy clinical internship with participation from music therapy students from all undergraduate Canadian University programs. The study has been accepted for publication in 2015 and results will be shared at that time.
 
At present Dr. Clements-Cortes is involved in a collaborative study on Rhythmic Sensory Stimulation and Alzheimer’s Disease. This project is led by the Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MaHRC) in collaboration with Baycrest Centre, and the Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research at Laurier University. The specific aim of this study, is to evaluate the effects of 40 Hz Rhythmic Sensory Stimulation (RSS) in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) with the intent of informing the parameters of a larger proof of concept study followed by a clinical trial. The purpose of this study is to test 40-Hz sensory stimulation as a means of improving alertness, clarity, and short-term memory in AD.
 
Disseminating Knowledge
Dr. Clements-Cortes presented 17 oral papers, 7 posters, and 4 workshops at national and international peer-refereed conferences and invited academic events this past year. She also had a number of publications including:
 
Clements-Cortés, A. (2014). Breaking free:  Healing physical, verbal and sexual abuse through
the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. Association for Music and Imagery Journal, 14, 39-60.
Clements-Cortés, A. (2014). Sing-a-long DVD and activity package pilot study with older adults.
            Music Technology and Education, 7(2), 123-139.
Lee, C. A. & Clements-Cortés, A. (2014). Applications of clinical improvisation and aesthetic
music therapy in medical settings: An analysis of Debussy’s ‘L’isle joyeuse’. Music and Medicine, 6(2), 61-69.
Clements-Cortés, A. (2014). Getting your groove on with the Tenori-on. Music Technology
            and Education 7(1), 59–74, doi: 10.1386/ jmte.7.1.59_1
Clements-Cortés, A. (2014). Buddy’s Glee Club two: Choral singing benefits for older adults.
            Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, 20(1), 85-109.
Clements-Cortés, A. & Pearson, S. (2014). Discovering community music therapy in practice:
            Case reports from two Ontario hospitals. International Journal of Community Music,
 7(1), 93-111.
Clements-Cortés, A. (2014). Arousal/Emotion. In W. F. Thompson (Ed.), Music in the Social
            and Behavioral Sciences. (Vol #1, pp. 76-80) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Clements-Cortés, A. (2014). Background music. In W. F. Thompson (Ed.), Music in the Social
            and Behavioral Sciences. (Vol #1, pp. 119-122) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Clements-Cortés, A. (2014). Death. In W. F. Thompson (Ed.), Music in the Social and
            Behavioral Sciences. (Vol #1, pp. 319-323) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Clements-Cortés, A. (2014). Pain. In W. F. Thompson (Ed.), Music in the Social and Behavioral
            Sciences. (Vol #2, pp. 835-837) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Clements-Cortés, A. (2014). Self-esteem. In W. F. Thompson (Ed.), Music in the Social and
            Behavioral Sciences. (Vol #2, pp. 994-997) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Clements-Cortés, A. (2014). Singing, psychology of. In W. F. Thompson (Ed.), Music in the
            Social and Behavioral Sciences. (Vol #2, pp. 1009-1011) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Clements-Cortés, A. (2014). Sleep. In W. F. Thompson (Ed.), Music in the Social and
            Behavioral Sciences. (Vol #2, pp. 1011-1014) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Clements-Cortés, A. (2014). Special needs. In W. F. Thompson (Ed.), Music in the Social and
            Behavioral Sciences. (Vol #2, pp. 1050-1053) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Clements-Cortés, A. (2014). Spirituals. In W. F. Thompson (Ed.), Music in the Social and
            Behavioral Sciences. (Vol #2, pp. 1058-1063) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Clements-Cortés, A. (2014). World music. In W. F. Thompson (Ed.), Music in the Social and
            Behavioral Sciences. (Vol #2, pp. 1198-1203) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Clements-Cortés, A. (2015). Music Therapy with Premature Infants in the NICU. Canadian
            Music Educators Journal, 56(3), 31-32.
Clements-Cortés, A. (2015). Hitting high notes: Music therapy with Adolescents. Canadian
            Music Educators Journal, 56(2), 31-34.
Clements-Cortés, A. (2015). Look to the rainbow. Canadian Music Educators Journal, 56(2),
            13.
Clements-Cortés, A. (2014). Music Prescriptions: How IAMM is Raising the Bar on
Disseminating and Nurturing Research in Music and Medicine. Canadian Music
Educators Journal, 56(1), 40-41.
Clements-Cortés, A. (2014). Neuroscience based therapy: Overview of the first Neurologic
            music therapy training in Canada. Ensemble, 40(2), 7-9.
Clements-Cortés, A. (2014). There’s an APP for That! Canadian Music Educators Journal,
            55(4), 35-37.
 
Media
 
This past year, Dr. Clements-Cortes wrote blogs, was interviewed by and reported in media including:
 
World Federation of Music Therapy (2015). Spotlight on Global Calendar, Job and Volunteer Postings. http://www.wfmt.info/2015/04/01/global-calendar-job-and-volunteer-postings/
World Federation of Music Therapy (2015). Spotlight on the 30th Anniversary of the WFMT. http://www.wfmt.info/2015/03/02/president-presents-spotlight-on-the-30th-anniversary-of-the-wfmt/
World Federation of Music Therapy (2015). Spotlight on the WFMT Regional Liaisons and Assembly of Student Delegates http://www.wfmt.info/2015/02/01/spotlight-on-the-wfmt-regional-liaisons-and-assembly-of-student-delegates/
Annals of Long-Term Care (2015). Interconnectivity in music therapy. http://www.annalsoflongtermcare.com/blog/interconnectivity-music-therapy
World Federation of Music Therapy (2015). WFMT: 30 Years Strong http://www.wfmt.info/2015/01/01/wfmt-30-years-strong/
World Federation of Music Therapy (2014). Spotlight on regional liaison for Africa. http://www.wfmt.info/2014/12/01/spotlight-on-regional-liaison-for-africa/
Annals of Long-Term Care (2014). The benefits of singing in older adults. http://www.annalsoflongtermcare.com/blog/benefits-singing-older-adults
World Federation of Music Therapy (2014). Spotlight on the WFMT Commissions.
Annals of Long-Term Care (2014). Music as therapy for pain, energy, and mood: Highlights from CAG.
World Federation of Music Therapy (2014). WFMT World Congress 2014 Reflections. http://www.wfmt.info/2014/09/01/wfmt-world-congress-2014-reflections/
World Federation of Music Therapy (2014). Welcome to a new term. http://www.wfmt.info/2014/08/01/welcome-to-a-new-term/
Annals of Long-Term Care (2014). Music therapy for end-of-life care. http://www.annalsoflongtermcare.com/blog/music-therapy-end-life-care
Annals of Long-Term Care (2014). The sounds of healing music in Austria. http://www.annalsoflongtermcare.com/blog/amy-Clements-Cortés-healing-music-world-federation-music-therapy
Annals of Long-Term Care (2014). Jamming in Toronto: Two International Conferences Highlight Music and Medicine Practices in Healthcare.
The Charleton (2014). A deafening dichotomy: Are headphones socially isolating? http://www.charlatan.ca/2014/05/are-headphones-socially-isolating/
 
HMLawson (2015). Success of an unconventional therapy method. https://hmlawson.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/success-of-an-unconventional-therapy-method/
Canadian Medical Association Journal (2015). A place for humanities in medical education.
CMAJ 2015. DOI:10.1503/cmaj.140532
Journal on Active Aging (2014). Music for wellness: Innovative ways to bring music to your clients. www.icaa.cc

 

Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, MTA, MT-BC, FAMI
Music Therapy Sessional Instructor
University of Windsor
School of Creative Arts | Music