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.


 Erin Shina, MT-BC, NICU-MT, and Adjunct Professor earned her BA in Music with an emphasis in Psychology and a BM in Music Therapy from the University of Louisville. Erin is also a NICU-MT. Her experience includes providing music therapy services to a variety of populations and settings including older adults and early childhood, adolescents in behavioral health, individuals with disabilities, and the medical population. Currently, Erin is a music therapist with Norton Healthcare Facilities and participates in leading program development. As a former peer mentor at UL and now adjunct professor, Erin supervises interns and practicum students at the University Of Louisville Hospital. In addition to her clinical work and teaching roles, Erin serves as an editorial assistant for Imagine magazine and actively participates in research. She has been published in Imagine and Neonatal Networks (in review). Erin’s extensive knowledge and experience with the UL MT program and the Louisville community make her uniquely qualified to meet the needs of our students and our program.  

 Brett Northrup, MT-BC, is an alumnus of the University of Louisville School of Music and has been a board-certified music therapist since 2012. Brett serves pediatric and adult oncology patients and their families as part of the expressive therapy teams at Norton Cancer Institute and Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine.

In addition to his role as a music therapist, Brett is a facilitator of the Teen Warrior and Cancer Beats programs, which are focused on meeting the unique needs of young adults affected by cancer.

Brett presents at conferences regionally and nationwide.

 Elayne Strecker, MT-BC earned her bachelor’s degree in music therapy from the University of Louisville in 2016, and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Music Therapy at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.  She has been a board-certified music therapist since 2016, mainly serving children, adolescents, and adults with varying disability diagnoses.

Elayne currently serves as the Director of Music Therapy at Personal Counseling Services, Inc., a nonprofit facility serving clients in 16 counties throughout Southern Indiana. She provides clinical supervision and management for a staff of ten, serves as Internship Director for three interns per year, and routinely provides supervision for practicum students. 


 Alexis ‘Alex’ Ruffner, MS, MT-BC, NICU-MT, earned her bachelor’s degree in music and creative writing from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and a bachelor’s equivalency in music therapy from the University of Louisville. She also has a Master of Science degree in early childhood and family development from Missouri State University.

Alex currently serves as the music therapist at the Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), working with premature infants and their families and leading early infant and parent developmental music groups. She has also served as research assistant/author on several peer-reviewed journal articles, a podcast host, and is an editor for imagine.magazine