Lorna E. Segall, PhD, MT-BC, Director / Assistant Professor earned her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance, Masters degree in Music Therapy, and PhD in Music Education with an emphasis in Music Therapy with a certificate in aging studies from the Florida State University. She also earned a Masters in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University.

Prior to teaching, Dr. Segall practiced as a hospice clinician which included bereavement services for adults, grief camps for children, and Parkinson’s disease support groups. She is a fellow of the National Institute of Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy and participates in trainings both regionally and nationally.

Dr. Segall has served as a clinician in areas of hospice, medical, and corrections. Her primary research interests explore music therapy in inmate rehabilitation, end-of- life/bereavement care, and gerontology. Her vocal background influences her research in exploring how singing impacts the psychological and physiological condition various populations.

In 2014 she created the Behind the Wire Choir at the Wakulla Correctional Institute and in 2016 she received the Mary J. Hilliard award scholarship. She presents and lectures at regional, national, and international conferences. Dr. Segall remains an active music therapy clinician and currently works with the prison medical music therapy population.

 Jess Rushing, MM, MT-BC, Assistant Professor earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy and Master of Music in Music Therapy from the Florida State University. Jess is currently completing her Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences with an emphasis in music therapy during acute post-stroke care and internship supervision using Self-Determination Theory at the University of Kentucky. Before joining the University of Louisville faculty, Jess was the lead music therapy clinician and internship director at UK HealthCare and was the founder and director of Edge Music Therapy.

Jess has worked clinically with all ages from premature infants to end-of-life with considerable experience in medical, private practice and eating disorders. Her research interests music therapy in acute post-stroke care and music therapy intern supervision. She is a Fellow of the National Institute of Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy and regularly guest lectures on medical music therapy treatment and program development, music therapy in neurological rehabilitation, and more. She is the past chair of the Interprofessional Collaborative Resource Committee and has sat on the Assembly of Delegates for the American Music Therapy Association.  

In her free time, Jess enjoys whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, local food, and live music.

 Michael Detmer, MME, MT-BC (NICU-MT), Adjunct Professor is a music therapist and adjunct faculty member at University of Louisville and Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education in Choral Music and Voice with a second major in Music Theatre from Illinois State University and a Master of Music Education in Music Therapy from The University of Kansas. Michael is actively engaged in experimental music therapy research with a special focus on neonatal abstinence syndrome and neurodevelopment of neonates, and intergenerational music therapy. Michael presents nationally and internationally to music therapy and medical audiences. He regularly teaches for the National Institute for Infant & Child Medical Music Therapy through Florida State University and is a collaborator in the international Music Therapy Children’s Advocacy and Neurodevelopment Network, a consortium of specialized music therapy experts and researchers. In addition to his passion for teaching, researching, and providing clinical services, Michael is an avid singer, dancer, and actor. He has performed across the US in over 25 professional regional and touring theatre productions and is currently active in the Louisville theatre.

 Petra Kern, Ph.D., MT-BC, MTA, DMtG, Adjunct Professor is a board certified music therapist in the USA, Canada, and Germany and earned her doctoral degree from the School of Medicine at the University of Witten/Herdecke. She is the owner of the California-based company Music Therapy Consulting, and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Louisville–recognized as 2015-2016 Faculty Favorite. Previously she taught at Augsburg College, Marylhurst University, the State University of New York at New Paltz, the University of Windsor in Canada, and continues to guest lecture at universities worldwide.

Dr. Kern has worked in several clinical settings, serving the youngest to the oldest with various disabilities and health issues since 1994. Her clinical and research focus is on young children with autism spectrum disorder, inclusion, and coaching caregivers. In 2008, she received the research/publications award of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) for her studies conducted at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work has been published in Young Exceptional ChildrenYoung ChildrenChildren & Families, the Journal of Autism and Developmental DisordersWorld Scientific, the Journal of Music TherapyMusic Therapy Perspectives, Music Therapy Today, and imagine. Dr. Petra Kern is the co-editor of the highly acclaimed book Early Childhood and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Developing Potential in Young Children and Their Families.

Dr. Kern served on numerous national and international music therapy committees (e.g., Steering Committee Member of AMTA's Strategic Priority on Music Therapy and ASD; Chair of the AMTA Student Affairs Advisory Board). She is a former President of the World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT) and recipient of the first international Service Award of WFMT. Dr. Kern currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Certification Board of Music Therapy (CBMT). She is the editor-in-chief of imagine, and received the 2017 WRAMTA Publications Award for the early childhood music therapy online magazine. Dr. Kern continues her commitment to the editorial boards of Music Therapy Perspectives and the Canadian Journal of Music Therapy and the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Dr. Kern is also a frequent international speaker and shared her expertise with colleagues and clients in North America, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Arabia, and Europe.

For more details, please visit her website at www.musictherapy.biz.


2017 Publication Award, Western Chapter of the American Music Therapy Association

2014 First international Service Award, World Federation of Music Therapy

2013 Faculty Innovation and Excellence Grant, Marylhurst University

2012 Service Award, American Music Therapy Association

2008 Research/Publications Award, American Music Therapy Association

 Bailey Carter, MT-BC, Music Therapy Clinic Coordinator received her Bachelor's Degree in music therapy from the University of Louisville. During her undergraduate career, she also held an internship with UofL's music therapy clinic. Following her graduation, she practiced music therapy while doing in home services in southern Indiana. Bailey has experience working with many populations such as early childhood/young children with ASD or related disorders, premature infants, medically fragile children, older adults with Alzheimer's and dementia, as well as experience in psychiatric and medical settings. Bailey has an interest in pursuing her masters with a focus on Autism research. Bailey has been published in the World Federation of Music Therapy: Window to the World as well as the early childhood research magazine, Imagine.

 Julia Purcell, MT-BC, Adjunct Professor and Practicum Supervisor. Julia completed her music therapy degree from Michigan State University in 2004. Throughout her training and career she has had the opportunity to work with people with developmental and cognitive disabilities, living with cancer, mental health diagnoses, and individuals with dementia. From 2004-2009 she provided Music Therapy services for adults with physical and cognitive disabilities at Hazelwood Center.  Through Louisville Expressive Therapies, Julia has provided group music therapy to children, adolescents and adults at Our Lady of Peace psychiatric hospital since 2010.  Julia has also provided in-home music therapy to many private clients, including clients with dementia, developmental disabilities, and autism.