Dr. DeLoach earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy, Master of Music in Music Therapy and Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education with Emphasis in Early Childhood and Medical Music Therapy from the Florida State University. Before joining the University of Louisville faculty, Dr. DeLoach taught at Florida State University. She is a Fellow of the National Institute of Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy and participates in trainings on a continuing basis.
Dr. DeLoach has worked clinically in medical, hospice, special education, and battered women and children shelter settings. Her research focuses are neonatal intensive care unit music therapy interventions, music therapy for procedural support, and early childhood development including children with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. DeLoach received the South Eastern Region American Music Therapy Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Research Contributions. She presents and lectures nationally and internationally to music therapy, music education, and medical audiences.
She is the past chair of the board of directors for the Certification Board for Music Therapists and currently serves as co-chair of the Autism Task Force for the American Music Therapy Association and on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Music Therapy. She has served as an outside reviewer for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, New Zealand Journal of Music Therapy, and the Journal of Neonatal Nursing.