Michael J Silverman

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Associate Professor and Director of Music Therapy

Michael J. Silverman (Ph.D., MT-BC) is director of Music Therapy at the University of Minnesota. The author of Music therapy in mental health for illness management and recovery (published by Oxford University Press in 2015), he specializes in music therapy for adults with mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. An active presenter at national and international conferences, Dr. Silverman currently serves on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Music Therapy, Journal of Creativity in Mental Health and the World Journal of Methodology and frequently provides guest reviews for other refereed journals. Dr. Silverman has published articles in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Music Therapy, the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, the Substance Use and Misuse, and the Arts in Psychotherapy. Dr. Silverman is a member of the research staff at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, where he conducts music therapy clinical work and research with mental health and substance use populations.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Music Therapy, Florida State University, 2007.


  • Psychiatric music therapy
  • Music and memory
  • Evidence-based music therapy
  • Cognitive behavior therapy and illness management and recovery