Deborah L Layman, Ph.D., MT-BC
 Title: Chair and Associate Professor
Music Therapy Program Director, Coordinator of Graduate Music Therapy
 Dept: Music
 Office: MU 357
 Phone: 216-802-3343
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. MU 357, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
music therapy, therapeutic function of music, flipped learning, self-regulated learning, reflective practice, goal setting, competency-based evaluation and supervision, autism, neurodevelopment, complex trauma, educational psychology
B.M., Music Performance, Kent State University, 1993
M.M., Music Therapy, Florida State University, 1998
Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Kent State University, 2020
Brief Bio:
Deborah L. Layman, Ph.D., MT-BC, is an Associate Professor and Music Therapy Program Director at Cleveland State University. Dr. Layman is also Coordinator of Graduate Music Therapy and the Director of the Music Therapy Clinic at CSU. With over 24 years of clinical experience with children, adolescents, and young adults, Dr. Layman brings a wealth of knowledge about the practice of evidence-based music therapy.

Dr. Layman recently served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). Previously she served with CBMT as Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Directors, Continuing Education Committee (CEC) Board Liaison, and Chair of the Continuing Education Committee of CBMT. Dr. Layman was appointed to the joint CBMT/AMTA Scope of Practice work group in 2014, which resulted in a landmark legislative advocacy tool for the profession. Dr. Layman also served on the Advisory Board for the AMTA Autism Task Force and presented key educational and certification testimony in support of Ohio House Bill 184, which would create a state licensure for music therapy in Ohio.

Dr. Layman is a published author and frequent national presenter on her research, including flipped learning in music therapy higher education, competency-based evaluation and supervision, reflective practice and goal setting, Socratic seminar, music therapy and complex trauma, and music therapy and autism. Dr. Layman is also an invited reviewer for the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy.
Honors and Awards:
CSU Merit award recipient, Spring 2016
CSU Merit award recipient, Spring 2020
Research Interests:
competency-based evaluation and supervision
therapeutic function of music
self-regulated learning
flipped learning in higher education
reflective practice and goal setting
therapist effectiveness
autism spectrum disorder
video modeling
social/emotional development
complex trauma
Teaching Areas:
Music Therapy Practicum III (undergraduate)
Therapeutic Function of Music I and II (graduate)
Therapeutic Function of Music Advanced Practicum (graduate)
Research in Music Therapy I and II (graduate)
Supervision in Music Therapy (graduate)
Music Therapy Graduate Capstone
Professional Affiliations:
Board Certified Music Therapist (#05462), Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT)

American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)

Great Lakes Region, AMTA

Association of Ohio Music Therapists
Professional Experience:
Private music therapy practice (2006-present)

Beech Brook, Cleveland, OH
Music Grant Specialist, Music Therapy Program Lead (1999-2013)

The Cleveland Music School Settlement, Cleveland, OH
Music Therapist (1997-1999)
University Service:
Coordinator of Graduate Music Therapy (2020-present)
Music Therapy Program Director (2014-present)
Chair, Curriculum Committee (2020-present)
Member, Music Therapy Search Committee (2020)
Coordinator of Music Therapy, undergraduate (2012-2020)
Member, Assessment Committee (2017-2020)
Member, Curriculum Committee (2014-2015, 2016-2017, 2018-present)
Chairperson, Music Therapy Search Committee (2015-2016) ¿ search for 2 positions
Member, Music Education Search Committee (2018)
Primary academic advisor for all undergraduate music therapy majors (2012-2020)
Primary academic advisor for all graduate music therapy majors (2020-present)
Professional Service:
Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT)
- Board Development Committee Member (2019-present)
- Practice Analysis Committee Member (2018-2020)
- Chairperson, Board Development Committee (2017-2019)
- Chairperson, Board of Directors (2016-2017)
- Continuing Education Committee Board Liaison (2014-2016)
- Secretary/Treasurer, Board of Directors (2014-2016)
- Board of Directors Member (2012-present)
- Chairperson, Continuing Education Committee (2009-2011)
- Continuing Education Committee Member (2006-2011)

Certification Board for Music Therapists/American Music Therapy Association
- Appointed Member and CBMT Representative, AMTA/CBMT National Music Therapy Scope of Practice Task Force (2015)

American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)
- Invited Member, AMTA Professional Competencies workgroup (2018)
- Appointed Member, AMTA national Autism Task Force (2014-2016)
- Member, AMTA
- Member, the Great Lakes Region of the American Music Therapy Association

Association of Ohio Music Therapists (AOMT)
- Expert testimony given in support of Ohio House Bill for music therapy licensure (2015)
- Internship Chair for the Association of Ohio Music Therapists (2006-2009)
- Member, the Association of Ohio Music Therapists
Community Service:
Member of the Board of Directors for the Galvin Education and Resource Center for Families, Cleveland, OH (2005-2010)

Volunteer, South-Euclid Lyndhurst School District, Lyndhurst, OH (2005-2014)

Licensed Kindermusik Educator, Kindermusik of Cleveland, Shaker Heights, OH (2001-2005)
Research Grants:
Kulas Foundation/Beech Brook grant-funded research music therapist, 1999-2012.