Ferol Carytsas

Organization/Affiliation (no abbreviation): 
University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine
United States
Short biography and a description of your interest(s) in music and health: 
Ferol Carytsas is a lecturer and the Undergraduate Curriculum Coordinator with the UF Center for Arts in Medicine. Ferol’s interest in curriculum design led her to co-develop the Undergraduate Certificate in Music in Medicine at UF. Her Music and Health course was runner-up winner for the UFIT Exceptional Course Development award and the course received an Internationalizing the Curriculum grant from the UF International Center. In addition, she was one of the 2019 recipients of the UF Office of Teaching Excellence's Rising Star Award. In 2020, she was selected to participate in the inaugural cohort of UF's OER Learning Community for her upcoming OER textbook, The Impact of Music on Health. Inspired by similar programs, she established the UF Health Music Ensemble fostering community, team building and a peer-to-peer environment among UF Health faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Ferol is a founding board member with the National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH). She has served on the board for 5 years and assisted with the development of the nationally endorsed Code of Ethics and Standards for Arts in Health Professionals. In addition to being on the leadership team, she is an editor and contributing author to the upcoming Core Curriculum for Arts in Health Professionals. In partnership with the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), Ferol is leading a national initiative to establish a Community of Arts in Health Educators. This community aims to articulate the priorities in the field of arts in health in higher education.
Collaboration Interests: 
Arts in Health pedagogy, curriculum design and assessment
Arts in Health, education