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Burns Appointed Chair of the IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology

May 16, 2014

Debra Burns, Ph.D., MT-BC appointed Chair of the Department of Music and Arts Technology.

Debra Burns, Ph.D., MT-BC appointed Chair of the Department of Music and Arts Technology.

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI Dean David J. Russomanno has announced the appointment of associate professor and coordinator of music therapy programs Debra Burns, Ph.D., MT-BC as the next chair of the Department of Music and Arts Technology. Burns will succeed Professor Fred Rees, D.M.A., who is stepping down as chair after approximately 4 1/2 years of service. Burns will assume the position on June 1, 2014.

“Based on my interactions with Debra in her role as the School’s acting associate dean for research, I believe she has the abilities, attributes, and knowledge that should make her a highly effective chair. I am confident that the School will work diligently with her in carrying on the mission of the department” said Russomanno.

"I am very pleased to be the next Chair of the Department of Music and Arts Technology and continue the forward thinking in developing the innovative music programs that has preceded me," said Burns.

Burns is an active member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) as a Chair of the AMTA Research Committee and a member of the Journal of Music Therapy editorial board. Prior to joining the faculty at IUPUI in 2004, Dr. Burns completed a postdoctoral research fellowships funded by the Walther Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health/National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Her research focuses on alleviating symptom distress and improving the quality of life of adult cancer patients receiving disease-directed treatment and at the end of life. She has presented nationally and internationally on these topics. Dr. Burns received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Glenville State College, WV, her Masters of Music in Music Therapy at Illinois State University and her Ph.D. in Music Education and Music Therapy from the University of Kansas.