Collegiate Affiliation

Professor and Director of Music Therapy

Michael J. Silverman (Ph.D., MT-BC) is a full professor of music therapy and music therapy program director at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Silverman is a Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor, Graduate and Professional Distinguished Teaching Professor, and McKnight University Professor. 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 has received funding from the University of Minnesota, the American Music Therapy Association, and the National Institutes of Health and reviewed grants for the National Endowment for the Arts, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the European Science Federation. An active presenter at regional, national, and international conferences, he 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 conditions.  

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

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


  • Illness management and recovery
  • Evidence-based music therapy
  • Music therapy in adult mental health
  • Music therapy in addiction