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 nearly 20 years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and almost 30 years of experience in a variety of healthcare and clinical 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). 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. She edited a book entitled, The Creative Arts Therapies in Eating Disorder Treatment. She co-authored , Introduction to Music Therapy Clinical Practice and is currently writing another book on the 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 and regularly reviews articles for various peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Heiderscheit is the Chair of the Publications Commission for the World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT), serving as editor of Music Therapy Today. She is the Chair of Communications for the International Association of Music and Medicine (IAMM). She frequently lectures and presents internationally, nationally and regionally. She has published extensively on her clinical work and research in various books and peer reviewed journals.