Barbara L. Wheeler, PhD, MT-BC, holds the designation of Professor Emerita from Montclair State University, where she taught from 1975-2000. She initiated the music therapy program at the University of Louisville in 2000, retiring in 2011. She presents and teaches in the U.S. and internationally, with current faculty appointments at the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg Schweinfurt, Department of Social Studies, Würzburg, Germany; and Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music, Katowice, Poland. She presents often internationally and is currently consulting on the development of a music and wellness program in Beijing, China.
She has been an active clinician throughout her career and worked with a variety of clientele. Her most recent clinical work was with rehabilitation clients and developing programs in hospitals.
Dr. Wheeler has just completed editing (with K. Murphy, Associate Editor) Music Therapy Research, 3rd Edition (2016); edited Music Therapy Handbook (2015); and is coauthor (with C. Shultis and D. Polen) of Clinical Training Guide for the Student Music Therapist (2005, currently being revised). She has written a number of other articles and chapters.
She is a past president of the American Music Therapy Association and was recently Interview Co-Editor for Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy.