Michael J Silverman

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Professor and Director of Music Therapy

Michael J. Silverman (Ph.D., MT-BC, Full Professor) is the Director of the Music Therapy Program and a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota. Widely published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Music Therapy, the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, and Psychology of Music, Dr. Silverman authored Music therapy in mental health for illness management and recovery (published by Oxford University Press). Dr. Silverman is a member of the research staff at the University Hospital where he is engaged in music therapy clinical practice and research with adults with mental health and substance use disorders. He has served as an elected member of the Board of Directors for the American Music Therapy Association since 2013.

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