Music Therapy

DreamCatchers Staff & Administration

Nicoletta Ciampa, MA, MT-BC, Director: Nicoletta Ciampa, MT-BC, MA, Director: Nicoletta is a board certified music therapist with experience across the lifespan and diagnoses. Her internship experience focused on school and community based music therapy for school aged children with disabilities. Nicoletta has a Bachelor’s of Music in voice performance and has experience in the Morgantown community as a private music instructor, drama coach, music director, and performer. Nicoletta also has a Master of Arts in Elementary Education with a graduate certificate in Disabilities Studies. It is her hope to integrate her passions of teaching, learning, and making music to bring diverse communities together by seeing, encouraging, and growing each other’s unique capabilities.

Grace Lauzon, MT-BC, NICU-MT: Coordinator and Administrative Assistant of DreamCatchers - Grace is a board-certified music therapist at the Center for Excellence in Disabilities at West Virginia University. She is experienced with a variety of pediatric and adolescent populations including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, medical diagnoses and disorders, and behavioral disorders. Grace has vocal training in both classical and contemporary musical styles, and has contributed to community and collegiate stage productions in performance and directorial roles. She is a firm believer in the transformative properties of music and theatre and seeks to create accessible performance opportunities for children and families through the Dream Catchers program.

Dr. Lesley Cottrell, Administrator: Lesley is the Director of the Center of Excellence in Disabilities at West Virginia University and Professor in Pediatrics within the School of Medicine. She received her master’s degree in Child Clinical Psychology and doctorate degree in Life-Span Developmental Psychology. As a researcher, Dr. Cottrell has been the primary investigator on several research programs examining children’s development including the National Children’s Study.

Amy Burt, MOT, OTR/L: Occupational Therapist- Amy is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy at West Virginia University. Her primary area of focus is pediatrics, specifically autism, sensory integration, and community participation. Amy is also dedicated to caregivers of children with special needs which is what her doctoral dissertation is focused on. Amy has also received grants to complete a variety of interprofessional education activities with her students in the community.