Music Therapy Conference

2015 Conference

Developmental Interventions for Autism: Evidence-Based Research (Special Focus on Music Therapy)

Friday, May 1, 2015; 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. ‚óŹ Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Center, Rockville Centre campus

The conference sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Council for Development & Learning (

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The Rebecca Center for Music Therapy at Molloy College will be hosting a one-day conference, "Developmental Interventions for Autism: Evidence-Based Research (Special Focus on Music Therapy)" on Friday, May 1, 2015; 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  This unique research conference will be co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Council for Development & Learning ( The purpose of the conference is to highlight developmental interventions and their place in the world of evidence-based research. This 1-day conference will feature a series of research presentations from the professions of music therapy, speech & language pathology, neurology, education, and psychology. The focus of each presentation will center on evidenced-based research pertaining to developmental relationship-based interventions.

The keynote speaker will be: Devin Casenhiser, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, University of Tennessee. Dr. Casenhiser's research explores functional (i.e., communicative) and cognitive factors that affect language learning in neurotypical and autistic populations. He has published research investigating the effects of homonymy on lexical acquisition, how the distribution of lexical input affects children's ability to learn grammatical constructions, and together with colleagues in Canada, Dr. Casenhiser has developed and tested a social-interaction based intervention designed to improve the social-communication abilities of children diagnose with autism spectrum disorders.

1. Increase knowledge of the literature regarding ASD evidence-based research/ interventions
2. Increase knowledge pertaining to collaborative research with ASD
3. Increase knowledge of evidenced-based music therapy research/interventions with regard to developmental interventions for ASD
4. Increase knowledge of the various levels research measures pertaining to ASD

(Please click on the topic for a session description and click on the speaker's name for their bios)

8:30-9:00 Registration/Breakfast Provided by Molloy College)

9:00-9:10 Welcome
   John A. Carpente, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT
   Valerie Collins, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the Faculty
   Jeff Guenzel, CEO, Interdisciplinary Council of Developmental Learning (ICDL)

9:10-10:40 Keynote Presentation: Tripping Over the Roots: Pitfalls of Autism Intervention and How to Avoid Them (Devin Casenhiser, Ph.D.)

10:40-11:10 Developmental Interventions for ASD: Evidenced-based? (Diana Abourafeh, John Carpente, Ph.D., Jon Fessenden, Stella Manne, Ph.D., & Naoko Mizutani MT-BC, CCLS)

11:10-11:20 Break

11:20-11:35 Defining Improvisational Music Therapy: Development of a Treatment Guide for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Monika Geretsegger) (Video Presentation)

11:35-12:05 Following the Child's Lead: Why do it and What does the Research Say? (John Carpente, Ph.D.)

12:05-12:20 The Effects of Improvisational Music Therapy on Joint Attention Behaviors with Autistic Children: A Randomized Control Study (Jinah Kim, Ph.D.)

12:20-1:20 Lunch

1:20-135 Effects of Relational Music Therapy on Communication of Children with Autism: A Randomized Controlled Study (Gustavo Gattino, Ph.D.) (Video Presentation)

1:35-1:50 Family-Centered Music Therapy to Promote Social Engagement in Young Children with Severe Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Study (Grace Thompson, Ph.D.) (Video Presentation)

1:50-2:20 The Use of Developmentally Appropriate Teaching Strategies to Mediate and Facilitate the Learning Experiences of an Elementary Student with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Audra Cerruto, Ph.D., and Krista Sullivan, MS)

2:20-2:30 Break

2:30-2:45 Introducing the TIME-A Study (John Carpente, Ph.D., & Stella Manne, Ph.D.)

2:45-3:00 Randomized controlled trial of improvisational music therapy's effectiveness for children with autism spectrum disorders (TIME-A) (Christian Gold, Ph.D. & Lucja Bieleninik)

3:00-3:30 Parental Perceptions of Social Reciprocity and Parenting Stress in Parents of Children with ASD (Laura Kestemberg, Ph.D. & Laura De Ganarro, MS)

3:30-4:00 Neurophysiological Processing in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Hia Datta, Ph.D.)

4:00-4:15 Wrap-up and overview

4:15-4:30 Post course evaluation & distribution of the Certificates

Speaker Discloser
Speaker disclosers can be found by clicking here.

The most up-to-date scheduling information can be found on this conference webpage. We will also mail and email out the conference information sometime in late February/March if you are on our mailing list.  Join our mailing list online  or contact Cindy Thomas, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services by email: or by phone: 516.323.3554.

Continuing Education Credit

Music Therapy: CMTE
Molloy College is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 7 Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) credits. Credits awarded by CBMT are accepted by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Molloy College maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. Molloy College, CBMT pre-approved provider #P-102.

Speech-Language Pathology: ASHA CEUs
The program has been reviewed and registered for .6 ASHA CEUs. (Intermediate level; Professional Area). A certificate of completion will be issued at the conclusion of the program.

Occupational Therapy: AOTA
.55 continuing education credit for Occupational Therapist through the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) will be provided for the conference by the Interdisciplinary Council for Development & Learning (ICDL). ICDL is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education.  AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

Nursing Continuing Education Credit
Molloy College is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 6 contact hours will be awarded.


Online registration is available by clicking here. Please note that if you are registering online, after you enter your charge card information you should click "Continue to Checkout" just once. It can take up to a minute or two for the charge to be processed. If you click more than once the system will void the registration and you will need to call the CE Office at 516-323-3550 to register.

Phone-in registration is available by calling 516.323.3550  with your MasterCard or Visa. To register in person, by fax or mail, please click here.

Tuition Rates:
Regular Registration, until April 17: $50
Late Registration, April 18-April 30: $60
At the door: $70
Molloy Students, Faculty and Staff (provide copy of student ID, must register by April 17): No Charge
Non-Molloy Students (provide copy of student ID, must register by April 17): $15
Rebecca Center Parents: $15
Molloy Alumni: 10% discount

Registration is limited. In-person registration the day of the conference is on a space available basis and cannot be guaranteed.

Refund Policy:
A full refund will be granted as long as you contact us by April 17. Refunds will not be granted after April 17: however, substitutions can be made until the day of the conference at no charge.


The conference will be given in the Hays Theatre in the Wilbur Arts Building on Molloy's Rockville Centre campus located at 1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre, NY, 11571. Travel directions will be sent with your confirmation, but can also be donwloaded by clicking here.

If you should need hotel arrangements, please click here for a list of area hotels or call 516.323.3554.


Click here to download the conference brochure. However, the most up-to-date scheduling information can be found on the conference webpage. We will also mail and email out the conference information if you are on our mailing list.  Join our mailing list online  or contact Cindy Thomas, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services by email: or by phone: 516.323.3554.

About the Rebecca Center

The Rebecca Center for Music Therapy at Molloy College provides individualized music therapy programming for children and adolescents with Neurodevelopmental challenges. Consistent with the DIR/Floortime Model, The Rebecca Center facilitates social-emotional development through interactive musical-play.

Questions regarding conference content or speakers?
Contact John A. Carpente, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT, NRMT - Conference Chair
Email:; Phone: 516.323.3325

Questions regarding registration?
Contact Cindy Thomas, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services
Phone: 516.323.3554

Click here for information on the 2013 Conference