5-year Clinical Trial Completed at Molloy College

By John Carpente

John Carpente is an Associate Professor of Music Therapy at Molloy College.I am very happy and proud to say that the Rebecca Center for Music Therapy at Molloy College has finally completed data collection for The Trial of Improvisational Music therapy's Effectiveness for children with Autism (TIME-A) - A 5-year multi-site clinical trial that included 9 countries worldwide (Australia, Austria, Brazil, Israel, Italy, Korea, Norway, UK, and USA). The study recruited 364 participants, making it the largest clinical trial on non-pharmacological therapy for autism to date!  I am proud to say that Molloy College was the USA site for this very important and complex study.

Recruitment ended in November 2015. In November 2016 the data collection process ended for all sites. A total of 364 participants were randomized (Molloy site collected the 3rd largest data set of all countries involved). Preliminary results will be available in early 2017 and final results are expected in late 2017. In addition to primary outcomes, we created and carried out several sub-studies. Of these projects, 2 have already been published in high-impact journals and we hope to have the rest completed and published in 2017-2018. In addition, TIME-A data served as master theses projects for several of our Molloy graduate students.

As the USA site manager, I was lucky and fortunate to have such a wonderful team of dedicated professionals that featured many Molloy staff, students and faculty, as well as outside consultants to assist in carrying out the study. I would like to acknowledge all who participated at the Molloy College site:

  • Music therapy intervention providers: Jesse Asch, Tal Gur, Michael Kelliher, Jill Mulholland, Gabriela Ortiz, and Suzanne Sorel.
  • Parent counselors: Audra Cerruto, Talita Ferrara, Laura Kestemberg, and Ellana Sanders.
  • Assessors: Laura De Gennaro, Kim Gilbert, and Alan Wenderoff.
  • Administration and scheduling: Stephanie Cestaro, Laura De Gennaro, and Jill Mullholland. Filmers and data archivists/checking: Diana Abourafeh, Jon Fessenden, graduate and undergraduate students from Music Therapy and Education, undergraduate students from Psychology, and research/graduate assistants.
  • Brainstorming support: Stella Manne.

A special thank you to Dr. Christian Gold and his team at the University of Bergen and Uni Research for initiating the study and inviting us to be a part of it!

And as always, thank you to the Molloy College community for the consistent support throughout the years.

Thank you all and congratulations! A great accomplishment indeed as we continue our mission to enhance lives through the power of relationships captured in music!

The following are the institutions that participated in the study:

The following are the institutions that participated in the study

John Carpente, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT
Associate Professor  Music Therapy Department Molloy College
Founder/Executive Director The Rebecca Center for Music Therapy Center for Autism & Child Development
516-323-3325 www.therebeccacenter.org