Music Therapists

Cathy McKinney, PhD, MT-BC, Music Therapy Clinic Director

Cathy McKinney is professor and director of music therapy. Dr. McKinney received a bachelor's degree with majors in psychology and music from Duke University before completing the Equivalency in music therapy at Western Michigan University. She received an interdisciplinary Master of Arts in music therapy from the University of Northern Colorado and a PhD from the University of Miami, where she was a University Doctoral Fellow. Dr. McKinney has extensive clinical experience across a wide range of populations, including adults with mental disorders, healthy adults, adults with medical conditions, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders, and older adults with dementia and other neurological conditions.

Christine Leist, PhD, MT-BC

A music therapist since 1993, Dr. Leist joined the Hayes School of Music faculty in 2000. Dr. Leist is professor of music therapy and holds a Bachelor of Music in music therapy from The Florida State University, a Master of Music in music therapy from the University of Miami, and a PhD in Music Education with a Music Therapy Cognate from Michigan State University. Dr. Leist has completed additional training in Orff-Schulwerk and Neurologic Music Therapy. She has presented at regional and national music therapy conferences. Having provided clinical music therapy services primarily for adult and older adult populations, Dr. Leist has supervised pre-internship students across a wide variety of ages and populations. Her research interests include music therapy applications in neurorehabilitation and health-care settings.

Melody Schwantes, PhD, MT-BC

Melody Schwantes, assistant professor in the Music Therapy Program, received her Bachelor of Music in music therapy, Bachelor of Arts in psychology, and Master of Music Therapy degree from ASU, and her PhD in music therapy from Aalborg University in Denmark. She has clinical experience working with individuals in rehabilitation and mental health settings, children with developmental delays, and older adults. Dr. Schwantes teaches and provides clinical supervision for music therapy students in the Hayes School of Music.

Katurah Christenbury, MMT, MT-BC

Katurah Christenbury, lecturer in the Music Therapy Program, specializes in working with children, teenagers, and young adults with emotional and behavioral disorders, with a concentration on victims and survivors of abuse. She received her Equivalency and Masters in Music Therapy at ASU. Katurah worked for two years providing music therapy treatment at a facility for at-risk young adult males before beginning her work at the IHHS. She has also assisted in several workshops for caregivers of children with behavioral disorders, providing alternate forms of relaxation techniques to help limit destructive or harming behaviors. In addition to her private clients, Katurah is a lecturer in the Hayes School of Music and Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery, a designation for therapists trained in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music.