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Varvara Pasiali , Ph.D, MT-BC

  • Assistant Professor , Music, Theatre and Dance Department
  • College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Pasiali teaches music therapy courses in the Music Department at Queens. She also supervises students at off-campus clinical practicum sites and facilitates a music therapy group at the on-campus music therapy clinic. Her research interests include early intervention, prevention, resilience, and parent-child attachment/reciprocity. She has published in the Journal of Music Therapy and Music Therapy Perspectives and is a frequent conference presenter.

She earned her B.A. Honors in Music, from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K. Subsequently, she worked as a public school music teacher and a freelance flute performer in Cyprus. In 2002, she completed her equivalency/master’s degree in Music Therapy at the University of Kansas. Upon graduation, she worked in private practice (Ohio, US) with children and families at risk for three years. Then, she worked for two years at the Cleveland Music School Settlement (Cleveland, Ohio) where she conducted individual sessions. She was also sub-contracted to work at BeechBrook, a residential treatment facility for children with socioemotional and mood disorders, conducting both individual and group sessions.

Dr. Pasiali completed her Ph.D. in music education with a cognate in music therapy at Michigan State in 2010.


  • B.A. Honors  - Music Performance; University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K.
  • M.M.E  - Music Therapy; University of Kansas
  • Ph.D.  - Music Therapy; Michigan State University
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