Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Wheeler, Omicron Chapter, on receiving the American Music Therapy Association 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Each year, the AMTA Board of Directors honors two deserving individuals with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The 2019 recipients are Dr. Robert Groene and Dr. Barbara Wheeler.
The accomplishments of Dr. Barbara Wheeler, PhD, MT-BC over her multiple-decade career in the profession of music therapy are many and multi-faceted. She has produced hundreds of publications, peer-reviewed journal articles, and presentations that have impacted not only the US music therapy community, but also international practitioners and students. More recently, she curated and edited Music Therapy Handbook for Guilford Publications. Her contributions are generously given as she has traveled throughout the world at the request of universities, music therapy associations and music therapists to educate the public about the power of music therapy to repair and heal, based on her extensive knowledge of best practices and approaches. Dr. Wheeler’s knowledge of music therapy and related research has also made her a sought-after reviewer and editorial board member for many major journal publications. Dr. Wheeler’s lifelong investment in promoting music therapy, its educational standards and standards of professional practice and credentials have been significant and she served the American Music Therapy Association as President, Vice President, Arthur Flagler Fultz Award Chair, and many other national and regional positions of professional service. (https://www.musictherapy.org/2019_lifetime_achievement_award_recipients/)