Annie Heiderscheit, Ph.D., MT-BC, LMFT, Fellow in the Association for Music and Imagery, is the Director of Music Therapy and Associate Professor of Music, overseeing both the undergraduate and graduate music therapy programs at Augsburg University. She has over 20 years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and over 30 years of clinical practice experience in a variety of healthcare and community-based settings. She has conducted research with clients dealing with a variety of complex mental health and medical issues. The interdisciplinary research team with which she collaborates with had their research investigating a patient directed music intervention with mechanically ventilated patients was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and is currently conducting a multi-site, five-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) evaluating the use of a music listening intervention on delirium of ICU patients. She has authored numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters and on music therapy in eating disorder treatment, addictions, depression, spirituality, guided imagery and music, and surgical and procedural support, as well as her clinical practice and research. She edited a book entitled, The Creative Arts Therapies in Eating Disorder Treatment, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers and has co-authored, Introduction to Music Therapy Clinical Practice and Compositional Methods in Music Therapy, she is continuing work on the series of music therapy methods for Barcelona Publishers. Dr. Heiderscheit also serves on the editorial boards of various peer-reviewed journals including Music Therapy Perspectives, Creative Arts & Expressive Therapies, Music and Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and regularly reviews articles for various peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Heiderscheit has served in various leadership roles, such as President and Chair of the Publications Commission and Editor of Music Therapy Today, for the World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT) and Chair of Communications for the International Association of Music and Medicine (IAMM). She currently serves on the research committee for the American Music Therapy Association. She frequently lectures and presents internationally, nationally and regionally.