The NMTSC 2018 Organizing Committee members are pleased to introduce our speakers for three keynote addresses!

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Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, RP, MTA, MT-BC, FAMI

Assistant Professor, Music and Health Research Collaboratory, University of Toronto; Instructor and Supervisor, Wilfrid Laurier University; Academic Coordinator & Instructor, Interdisciplinary Studies, Ryerson Chang School; Music Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist. Amy has extensive clinical experience working with clients across the life span, with a specialty in older adults, dementia, and palliative care. She has authored multiple peer reviewed publications, including her new 2016 book: "Voices of the Dying and Bereaved," and she has given over 100 conference and/or invited academic presentations. Amy is Past-President of the World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT), and Managing Editor of the Music and Medicine journal. She is past President of the Canadian Association for Music Therapists, and serves on the editorial review boards for 9 International journals.


Marko Punkanen, PhD

Marko Punkanen is a music therapist, dance/movement therapist, psychotherapist, psychotherapy trainer, certified sensorimotor psychotherapist® and trainer. He currently works as a music/dance-movement/psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice and as a trauma psychotherapy trainer in University of Oulu, and as a trainer in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. He is actively involved with trauma psychotherapy, music therapy and dance/movement therapy training in Finland. He is the founder and director of the Nyanssi Therapy Centre, which offers music therapy, dance-movement therapy, psychotherapy, vibroaocustic therapy (VAT) and supervision services in Lahti Finland. He is the co-founder of the first extensive VAT/PA-training in Finland, and he has studied for example the possibilities of VAT in drug rehabilitation. He is also one of the founders of the VIBRAC - Skille- Lehikoinen Centre for Vibroacoustic Therapy and Research.

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Prof. Dr. Jos De Backer & Prof. Dra. Katrien Foubert

Professor and head of music therapy at LUCA, School of Arts, campus Lemmens, Leuven. Professor and Senior Researcher faculty of Medicine at the KU Leuven: research unit ‘contextual psychiatry’.
Head of the Music Therapy Department at the University Psychiatric Centre KU Leuven, campus Kortenberg where he works as a music therapist treating young psychotic patients and patients with a personality disorder. Professor De Backer is specialized in clinical improvisation and gives lectures and workshops about this topic around the world. He is Past President of the European Music Therapy Confederation (EMTC).

Katrien Foubert received her master in music (violin) from Conservatoire de Bruxelles. She specialized in music therapy in LUCA, School of Arts, association KU Leuven, Belgium where she obtained her master. After her studies, she was appointed as music therapist at the University Psychiatric Centre KU Leuven, campus Kortenberg on a setting for patients with a personality disorder. In 2012, she started as ass. prof. in the Bachelor and Master training course music therapy at LUCA, School of Arts, Belgium. In her doctoral studies, she focuses on the study of musical joint improvisation in music therapy with patients with a borderline personality disorder. Foubert is targeting the mechanisms of interpersonal synchronization and attunement, focusing on the association between interpersonal functioning and musical interaction.