Jennifer Townsend

Board Certified Music Therapist
Organization/Affiliation (no abbreviation): 
Houston Methodist
Houston, TX 77030
United States
Short biography and a description of your interest(s) in music and health: 
Intrigued with how prevalent music is to the human experience, Jennifer Townsend began studying the impact of the music on health as a teenager and hasn’t stopped. After receiving a bachelor degree in Music Therapy from Sam Houston State University she began working with pediatric patients who had disorders of consciousness. Her experiences with this population and their families lead her to further develop her understanding of how to use music for healing and brought pushed her to gain a Master’s degree in Music Therapy from Temple University. After a decade of working in pediatrics, Jennifer now works in adult medical care. As the Manager for Creative Arts Therapies at Houston Methodist she pilots programing in order to grow the footprint of music therapy throughout the hospital, participates and runs studies in research related to music therapy and music medicine and provides clinical supervision to the music therapy staff. Jennifer embraces an integrative philosophy which guides her practice and research. To this end, she has published articles relating to technology in music therapy, music therapy in epilepsy and neonatal treatment, and neurological constructs of music to guide practice and application. Additionally, she has a chapter on Medically Fragile Children in the Guidelines for Music Therapy Practice in Pediatrics. Jennifer’s passion for arts in healthcare pushes her to advocate continuously at local, state and national levels and serve arts and health organizations through board and committee positions. Jennifer also enjoys teaching in the Arts in Health Certificate Program at University of Houston.
Collaboration Interests: 
Research and education
Music Therapy