Dr. Dileo wins the 2018 Adjutor Hominum Award

Dr. Cheryl Dileo, MT-BC is the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Music Therapy and Director of the Arts and Quality of Life Research Center at Temple University where she has began work in 1984. She founded the first English-language Music Therapy PhD program in Tokyo in 2016. She also founded the music therapy program at the University of Evansville and has served as music therapy adjunct faculty at Loyola University. She was named the McAndless Distinguished Scholar and Professor in the Humanities for the 2002-3 academic year at Eastern Michigan University. She is currently serves as faculty at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, and Honorary Faculty at the University of Melbourne Australia; she is a member of the PhD Program Advisory Board at Aalborg University, Denmark.

Dr. Dileo received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Loyola University in 1971 and her Master’s degree in Music Therapy from Loyola in 1975. She was the first woman to receive the M.M.T. degree from Loyola. In 1981, she received her PhD in Music Education for College Teaching from LSU.

She has had numerous leadership positions in her field, including President of the World Federation of Music Therapy, President of the National Association for Music Therapy (USA), Vice-President of the International Society for Music in Medicine, and Founding Member of the International Association for Music and Medicine. She has served on numerous editorial boards for music therapy journals internationally. Dr. Dileo has served as a grant consultant for the National Institutes of Health, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the National Cancer Institute. The American Music Therapy Association has honored her with the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Award of Merit, as well as the Distinguished Research/Publication Award.  She was the recipient of the 2006 Temple University Faculty Research Award.

She teaches in South America, Asia, and Europe on a regular basis. She has authored/edited or co-edited 16 books and over 100 book chapters and journal articles. She is a co-author of 7 systematic reviews on medical music therapy for the prestigious Cochrane Library. She has received grant funding from a variety of sources, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of PA Formula Fund and the Barra Foundation. Her research interests include:  medical and hospice music therapy, professional ethics, music therapy for pain management, multicultural music therapy and song methods in music therapy.

She is the proud mother of Dr. Jeffrey Dileo, who is an attending physician in Emergency Radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School.

The Adjutor Hominum award will be presented to Dr. Dileo at the annual Alumni Association Jazz Brunch during Wolf Pack Weekend. For additional information and to purchase tickets click here

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