Dawn McDougal Miller - MME, MT-BC, Fellow in the Association for Music and Imagery

Dawn McDougal Miller - MME, MT-BC, Fellow in the Association for Music and Imagery

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My Areas of Practice
Music Therapy in Oncology and Hospice, Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, Mandalas, Integrative Therapies, Music Therapy Internship Director

General Information

Gender: Female

Practicing Since: 1986

Accepting New Patients: Yes


Practices at

Frauenshuh Cancer Center
3931 Louisiana Ave. S.

Ground floor
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Methodist Hospital
6500 Excelsior Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Education & Certifications

Bachelor of Arts : Gustavus Adolphus College
Music and General Science
St. Peter, MN

Master of Music Education, emphasis in Music Therapy          : University of Kansas
Music Therapy
Lawrence, KS
1986: coursework; 1992: Master's Thesis

Board Certified Music Therapist: Certification Board of Music Therapy

Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery: Dr. Ken Bruscia, Temple University
Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, Music Imagery, Music Psychotherapy
Philadelphia, PA

Research & Publications

McDougal Miller, D. & O’Callaghan, C.  (2010). Music therapy in adult oncology. In D.

Hanson-Abromeit and C. Colwell (Eds.), AMTA Monograph Series: Effective Clinical Practice in Music Therapy: Medical Music Therapy for Adults  in the Hospital Setting. Silver Spring, MD: American Music Therapy Association.


Abbott, E. A., Bruscia, K. E., Cadesky, N., Condron, D., Hunt, A., Miller, D. M., & Thomae, L. (2005). A collaborative heuristic analysis of Imagery-M: A classical music program used in Guided Imagery and Music. In A. Meadows (Ed.), Qualitative Inquires in Music Therapy, 2 (pp. 1-35). Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers.

McDougal Miller, D. (1992). The effect of music therapy on the immune and adrenocortical systems of cancer patients. Unpublished master’s thesis, University of Kansas, Lawrence.

Gibbons, A.C, & McDougal, D. (1987). Music therapy in medical technology: organ transplants.   (pp. 61-72). Lanham, MD: University Press of America. The Fourth International Symposium on Music In R. R. Pratt (Ed.),



Professional Associations & Awards

American Music Therapy Association:  conference co-chair for Great Lakes Region - 2009

Music Therapy Association of Minnesota

Minnesota Hospice Music Therapists

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care

Minnesota Collation for Death Education and Support

Toastmasters Leadership and Public Speaking Organization: Talking Meds, Chapter #5920


Board member for the Plymouth Concert Band: Vice President, Publicity Chairperson

Clarinet Section Leader for the Plymouth Concert Band, member since 1990