Dr. Joanne Loewy is the Director of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine and is an Associate Clinical Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her work in hospitals and clinics ranges from premature birth through end of life and her clinical areas of expertise vary among many populations, including musicians (performers, music therapists, educators) and their unique ailments such as chronic fatigue, chemical dependency, performance anxiety and overuse. She oversees the Louis Armstrong Department of Music Therapy that she built at Beth Israel in 1994.
Dr. Loewy has conducted research and has numerous articles and chapters in sedation, assessment, pain, asthma, music psychotherapy and NICU music therapy. Her areas of specialty are assessment, hermeneutic research, trauma and supervision. Dr. Loewy is the co-Editor in Chief of the international, peer reviewed journal 'Music and Medicine' and serves on several editorial boards including the Cochran Palliative Care review and the Journal for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. She received her doctorate from NYU and has edited several books including Music Therapy in Pediatric Pain, Music Therapy in the NICU, and she co-edited Music Therapy at End of Life and Caring for the Caregiver: Music Therapy in Grief and Trauma and Integrative Advances in Music and Medicine: Music, the Breath and Health.
Dr. Loewy is a Founding Member of the International Association for Music and Medicine and guest lectures at the Mount Sinai Hospital medical resident training and additionally teaches at several graduates Music Therapy Programs including: Molloy, NYU, and at Drexel (Hahnemann Creative Arts Therapy Program). She is the 2012 Artist in Residence at the Phillips School of Nursing and recipient of the Care & Compassion Award at Beth Israel Medical Center and the Healthcare Education award from the Society for the Arts in Healthcare. She is an internationally recognized speaker and music therapy consultant, who has assisted in building programs in clinics, hospitals and universities. Her clinical programs and research have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC Nightly News, Geo, Stern, NPR, and the Associated Press.