Annie Heiderscheit, Ph.D., MT-BC, FAMI, MFT is an associate professor of the Arts and Healing Initiative at the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality. She is a clinical music therapist with The Emily Program and at the University of Minnesota Childrens Hospital. She also maintains a private practice, which employs six music therapists. Heiderscheit is part of a multi-disciplinary research team exploring the use of music with mechanically ventilated in a multi-site, four year study funded by the National Institutes of Health. She was recently named the Marilyn A. Sime Research Fellowship. She continues to conduct research with patients with eating disorders and their families.
Heiderscheit has 20 years of clinical experience and has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings. She continues to present nationally and internationally on her clinical work and research. She has written several book chapters and articles based on her research and clinical work. She is the secretary/treasurer of the World Federation of Music Therapy and serves on the reimbursement committee for the American Music Therapy Association as well.
Heiderscheit completed her undergraduate training in music therapy and music education at Wartburg College and her master’s degree in counseling from Iowa State. She also completed additional graduate coursework at Temple University in music psychotherapy and completed certification in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (BMGIM). She completed her Ph.D. in music with an emphasis in music therapy at the University of Minnesota.