Music Therapy

DreamCatchers Staff & Administration

Katie Martin, MT-BC, NMT: Director of DreamCatchers - Katie is a board-certified music therapist at the Center for Excellence in Disabilities at West Virginia University. She is experienced with a variety of populations including early childhood, autism/pervasive developmental disorders, children and adolescents with special needs, and emotional and behavioral disorders. Katie is passionate about creating positive change through music and is skilled in techniques to improve verbal and non-verbal skills, cognitive functioning, motor skills and behavior. Katie has music-directed several musicals in middle schools across the Midwest. She has her own voice and piano studio and enjoys participating in community musical theatre. Katie is a graduate of the nationally ranked music therapy program at the University of Kansas and completed her clinical work at Children's Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

For the DreamCatchers program, Katie will be the principal clinician and director of the show and music therapy project On the Other Side of the Fence.

Dr. Dena Register, Music Therapy Director: Dena Register is Director and Associate Professor of Music Therapy at West Virginia University. Since 1995, Register has worked as a clinician and consultant, serving individuals of all ages with a variety of special needs and working collaboratively with other professionals to integrate music and arts into their practice. She was awarded an Early Reading First grant by the US Department of Education to provide music therapy services as part of a comprehensive early literacy program and has published professional research papers on incorporating music in early intervention classrooms, as well as student and professional development trends in the field.

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.

Nicoletta Ciampa, Music Therapy Graduate Student, Assistant: Nicoletta is a graduate student at West Virginia University studying to achieve her M.A. in Elementary Education with Certification, and is completing the required coursework for eligibility to sit for the music therapy board certification examination. Nicoletta finished her Bachelor’s of Music in 2014 at WVU and has since worked in the Morgantown community as a private music instructor, drama coach, music director, performer, and in several capacities at Morgantown Theatre Company (MTC). As a performer, Nicoletta most recently appeared in the 2015 summer season at West Virginia Public Theatre as Lynne in “A Grand Night for Singing”, and June in “Smoke on the Mountain”. At MTC, Nicoletta taught drama classes for elementary and middle school-aged children, music directed “Seussical the Musical”, voice coached “Into the Woods”, and acted as Assistant Director & Office/Production Assistant for several other musicals including “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”. Nicoletta aspires to create and maintain a diverse and creative classroom, academically and artistically, and to provide services and extracurricular activities to children with a variety of needs as a future Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC). It is her hope to integrate her passions of teaching and music in order to provide better experiences in education and life to all whom she encounters.

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.